Wilson Decides to Forego Final Year of Track and Field Eligibility to Turn Professional
Sept. 15, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After winning the 2005 NCAA indoor long jump and triple jump titles and 10 All-American honors in his collegiate track career, Indiana track and field jumper Aarik Wilson has decided to bypass his senior season and turn professional.
IU Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler said that the time is right for Wilson to take the next step in his career.
"Aarik has had an unbelievable impact on our program, and we cannot thank him enough for his hard work and effort," Heisler said. "But given what he has accomplished at Indiana, it is time to move on professionally. While we hate to see him go, we wish him nothing but the best."
Wilson earned numerous honors this past year, including 2004-05 Indiana University Male Athlete of the Year, Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships after claiming both the long and triple jump titles at the indoor and outdoor conference meets. In doing so, he became just the second IU student-athlete to be selected Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, as Olympian Bob Kennedy won it three-straight years (1990,91,92). He also broke the school record in the long jump (8.17m/26-9.75) en route to winning the crown indoor national title, and he was named the Great Lakes Athlete of the Year.
Wilson closes his Hoosier career with the school indoor long jump (8.17m./26-9.75) and triple jump (16.99/55.9) records, as well as the outdoor triple jump (16.97m/55-8.25) standard.
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