March 31, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field athlete Aarik Wilson was listed among the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the April 4th edition of Sports Illustrated. Wilson claimed titles in both the long jump and triple jump at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 11-12 in Fayetteville, Ark. He became the first IU track and field athlete to win two individual titles at an NCAA Championship and the first non-Arkansas jumper to win the NCAA Indoor double (triple and long jump) since Bob Beamon of UTEP in 1968.
En route to winning the long jump, Wilson obtained an impressive mark of 8.17m (26-9.75), which broke his own school record that he set the week before at the Alex Wilson Invite. Wilson, who already holds the school record in the triple jump (16.99m/55-9.00), posted a mark of 16.92m/55-06.25 in the second day of the meet to claim the triple jump crown.
The Fallon, Nev., product also won both the long and triple jump titles at the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Championships, which helped him earn Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Championship honors. In addition, Wilson was named the NCAA Great Lakes Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments throughout the indoor season.
In all, Wilson has won a total of eight Big Ten triple jump and long jump championships and is now an eight-time All-American in his three years at Indiana.
Last summer Wilson won the NACA-TELUS U-23 Championships and tried out for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Wilson is the third Indiana University athlete to be honored in the "Faces In The Crowd," this year. In November 2004, women's soccer senior Kim Grodek was featured in Sports Illustrated's 50th Anniversary edition and in January 2005, former Indiana men's soccer captain Danny O'Rourke was honored for winning the 2004 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. The "Faces In The Crowd" section recognizes four to six people every week who have great athletic achievements to share. The people featured range from kids to college athletes to senior citizens who have all accomplished an athletic feat.