GRU Augusta long jumper eyeing the NCAA nationals

Monday, April 28, 2014

Augusta, Ga--Still in its infancy, the GRU Augusta track and field program is starting to take off. Walk-ons are a big part of that. A program that's been known for distance runners is now getting some notoriety for the field events. Keep an eye on Christian Collier in that department.

Collier is literally an inch a way from making the national meet in the long jump. Impressive to begin with, more impressive seeing he never really did track and field til he was a high school senior. The now junior Jag is an athletic kid who has natural ability trying to get better.

"Pretty much he talks to me about speed, down the runway." said Christian Collier "As long as I get faster and faster down the runway, I know I can jump further. Then we did film a little bit at practice to see technique, form and everything."

"This year he's really improved a lot" said Adam Ward "I mean, he's got more time, that's the great thing, we've got more time to work with him and continue to make him better. Coach Novak has done a great job with him and things like that and I think the sky is the limit on how good he wants to be."

Collier has also done the 100, 200, triple jump and even javeline this year but now is focusing solely on the long jump. He'll be traveling to Stanford, California this weekend in hopes of getting the qualifying mark for the NCAA national event in a few weeks.

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