Arkansas' Pinnock records world-leading jump in Albuquerque

Wayne Pinnock of Arkansas competes in the long jump Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, in Albuquerque, N.M. (Shawn Price/Arkansas Athletics)

Arkansas junior Wayne Pinnock posted the world’s best long jump of 2024 on Friday at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque.

Pinnock’s jump of 27 feet, 4 1/2 inches was a personal best. He registered the leading jump on his second of three attempts. 

Pinnock competed twice in Albuquerque last season. His 26-7 produced a victory at the 2023 New Mexico Collegiate Classic and his 27-4 at the NCAA Indoor Championships placed fourth. 

“This is a location I had opened last year with, so I always wanted to come back here and show the world what I can do,” Pinnock said. “It was a good day with a personal best. I’m forever grateful. I prayed about it and came out here and executed.”

Pinnock’s jump ranks fourth all-time indoors by an Arkansas jumper and 10th on the all-time collegiate list. 

Outdoors last year, Pinnock posted a world-leading 28-0 1/4 jump during the qualifying round at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He finished second in the finals at the World Championships. 

Isaac Grimes of Texas (25-0 1/2) had the second-best collegiate mark to Pinnock on Friday. Arkansas’ Link Lindsey finished 10th in the event with a jump of 23-4.