Jordan Crawford, USATF-GA Youth/Junior athlete, commits to race walk and run on scholarship with Missouri Baptist University

3/16/2018
 
USATF-GA Youth/Junior athlete Jordan Crawford (Douglasville, GA) commits to race walk and run on scholarship with Missouri Baptist University. Jordon is a scholar-athlete in Douglas County High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. His participation in the Race Walk began in 2010 and after winning first place at a USATF Junior Olympics in that first year, he was hooked and hasn’t looked back since that inaugural win.

Anyone who becomes acquainted with Jordan knows that, although relatively quiet and very humble, his passion for the race walk is second-to-none. He is a multifaceted athlete who competes not only in race walk but in the 800m, 1500m, 1600m, 3000m, 3200m, Cross-Country 5K, the 2000m Steeplechase and on several relays. When given an opportunity to select one event to contest, he usually chooses the race walk. Jordan not only loves the event, he appreciates it and has an honorable passion and respect for the sport.

Jordan has race walked for eight years and has accumulated many race walking honors, accolades and awards. In addition to his numerous local, state, district, and regional race walk medals, and his race walk records, he is a nationally-decorated race walk athlete, well-known in the youth circuit. His athletic bio includes the following national race walk honors.
  • 1st Place (1500m)– 2010 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 1st Place (1500m) – 2011 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 2nd Place (1500m) – 2012 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 1st Place (3000m) – 2013 AAU Club Nationals
  • 5th Place (3000m) – 2013 USATF Junior Olympics
  • 3rd Place (3000m) – 2013 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 1st Place (3000m) – 2014 AAU Club Nationals
  • 2nd Place (3000m) – 2014 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 2nd Place (3000m) – 2014 USATF Junior Olympics
  • 1st Place (3000m) – 2015 USATF Junior Olympics
  • 3rd Place (3000m) – 2015 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 5th Place (3000m) – 2016 New Balance Outdoor Nationals
  • 2nd Place (3000m) – 2016 USATF Junior Olympics
  • 1st Place (3000m) – 2016 AAU Junior Olympics
  • 5th Place (1 Mile) – 2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals
  • 1st Place (1500m) – 2018 Dunamis Super Meet
  • 2016 and 2017 University of West Georgia & OSP Elite Athlete Talent Identification Combine Invite & Participant
  • 3-time USATF Race Walk Honor Roll Honoree (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 2016 – Youth Representative on the USATF-GA Race Walk Committee
  • 2016 – Georgia High School Race Walk Record (Indoor & Outdoor Mile)
  • 2016 – Only Georgia High School Race Walker ranked nationally among the top high school race walkers in the United States (www.hsrw.net).
  • 2017 – Only Georgia High School Race Walker ranked nationally among the top high school race walkers in the United States (www.hsrw.net)
  • 2017 – Nominee for the USATF Race Walk Athlete of the Year.
  • 2018 – Only Georgia High School Race Walker ranked nationally among the top high school race walkers in the United States
  • 2018 – Accepted Race Walk/Running Scholarship to Missouri Baptist University

Jordan aspires to race walk at the collegiate, Olympic, national and international levels. Currently, he is working with his Coach to develop a training program that will help him qualify for this year’s USATF Outdoor Championship, Pan Am Junior Race Walk Cup Championship and USA-Canada Junior Race Walk Championship. 

Jordan expresses hope that Georgia, like some of the schools in other states, would implement the race walk in Georgia high schools as a sport and that it should be contested at the state level of track and field. This would increase the awareness of the sport and potentially would boost its popularity. Because there could be some hidden talent discovered, it will also help the USA with its shortage of race walkers and in turn, would be a huge asset to the USA as well as it will compliment the current need for our country to recruit race walkers from other countries.

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