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U of R Cougar breaks 45-year-old Canadian indoor long jump record to win gold

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: March 12, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Joseph won gold at the U SPORTS Track & Field Championships in Edmonton for his jump of 7.73 metres, breaking a 45-year-old record.
Joseph won gold at the U SPORTS Track & Field Championships in Edmonton for his jump of 7.73 metres, breaking a 45-year-old record. Photo: Brad Hamilton, University of Alberta

Breaking a 45-year-old Canadian Under 20 (U20) indoor long jump record takes determination, grit, and the sheer athleticism of Cougars’ Scott Joseph. Joseph won gold and broke the record on March 6, within days of being named Canada West Male Rookie of the Year and, as Canada’s top first-year athlete, the U SPORTS Male Rookie of the Year.

"It is an amazing feeling. I really did this," says Joseph of his record-breaking feat. "It’s unbelievable honestly!"

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On March 5, 2020, Scott Joseph - the top
first-year athlete in the nation - was named
the U SPORTS Male Rookie of the Year.
Photo: Brad Hamilton, University of Alberta.

Eighteen-year-old Joseph, a first-year student in kinesiology at the University of Regina, was introduced to long jump by his coach Gerod Wiens BEd’10, at Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

The previous record of 7.71 metres was set back in 1975 by James McAndrew. Joseph’s record-breaking indoor long jump came in at 7.73 metres (25.36 feet). Clearly an athlete capable of competing at the world-class level, he is currently ranked number one in the world in the U20 long jump category.

“It’s not too often you meet someone who can say they were the number one person at anything in the world,”

states Wade Huber BKin’09, U of R Cougars’ Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach.

The University of Regina is known across Canada for having an excellent jumps program with a strong track record of developing good jumpers.

As the previous provincial and U of R indoor long jump record holder, Coach Huber is amazed by Joseph’s athleticism.

"At his age and so early in his development as an athlete, it is pretty clear that Joseph is more physically gifted than any previous U of R jumpers we’ve had,” explains Coach Huber. “It’s pretty cool to watch because it doesn’t come around often. Joseph puts an exclamation point on the U of R having a very good jumps program and carrying on our legacy of being a premiere jump school."

Joseph hopes to qualify for the 2020 World Athletics U20 Championships this July in Kenya. Coach Huber says that Joseph’s exceptional talent stands him in good stead. Looking down the road, representing Canada in the Olympics is certainly part of his long-term goal.

A consummate athlete, Joseph has not lost sight of the importance of being a team player. "I want to thank my Cougar teammates for supporting me and believing in me throughout the whole season. They had my back all the time. They always tell me to just jump as far as I can, don’t worry about where the board is, and nail it – that always gets to me and it’s the best thing ever. I really love the team, the coaches, my friends, and everybody else."