Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won’t have to decide between the world track and field championships and football training camp.
Goodwin just missed making the U.S. National Team in the long jump. His jump of 27 feet 5½ inches placed him fourth at the USA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Thursday.
“I asked my agent if there was anything in my contract that said I couldn’t come here,” Goodwin said after the event. “I first started thinking about it about a month ago. I was just messing around in the gym and went up for a dunk. I thought, man, I can still jump. I’ve still got a little juice in the tank. That’s why I’m here.”
It was his first track and field meet since competing in the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished 10th. When asked if he will jump in the future, Goodwin said, “I don’t know man, it depends on what the Bills will allow me to do. Football is my main deal right now.”
University at Buffalo junior Mike Morgan finished fifth in the decathlon with 7,555 points. Morgan holds the decathlon record at UB set in 2014 with 7,699 points.
Portville native and recent UB grad Jonathan Jones will compete in the shot put on Sunday. He won the NCAA title on June 10.
The top three finishers in each event qualify to represent the U.S. at the 2015 IAAF World Championships Aug. 22-30 in Beijing. The shot put will take the top four, providing they hit the world qualifying standards, since the U.S. has the defending champion in the shot put.