Campbell sets a High Bar for Great Danes

ITS Graduate Assistant and UAlbany track and field athlete Matthew Campbell holds a tape measure up to his record 7-5 jump.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 16, 2018) -- Information Technology Services graduate assistant Matthew Campbell is leaping as no Great Dane has leapt before.

Less than five weeks after men's lacrosse became the University's first team ever to be ranked number one in the nation, Campbell became the number one NCAA high jumper of the outdoor season by clearing 7 feet, five inches at the Florida Relays on March 30th.

In doing so, he became UAlbany's first individual athlete in any sport in the Great Danes' Division I era to attain a number one U.S. ranking. He also now holds the University record in the high jump, originally set by Alex Bowen in 2013.

A native of Spanish Town, Jamaica, Campbell majored in information science with a concentration in cybersecurity and now is now completing a graduate degree in information science.

He also works part-time for ITS, helping with data jack activations, installing new data communication equipment and troubleshooting network problems.

Cambell was recently profiled by the Daily Gazette on his accomplishment and goals for the spring track and field season.

“A lot of [coaches] want you to be very robotic,” Campbell told the Gazette. “You’ve got to do everything the same. Everybody has to run fast on the turn, everybody has to lean, everybody has to stay tall. ... Jumpers jump differently across the board.”

“When Matthew came in, he was a pure power jumper,” UAlbany associate head track coach Todd Wolin said. “Being as strong as he is, he can jump higher than those kids on a short approach because he is so powerful. But marrying that speed to where it’s comfortable and he can control it — if you run fast but can’t control it, you’re going to go into the bar a lot. Two years ago, by not holding his lean and the turn, it was controlling him instead of him controlling it. Now he controls his speed. It was a work in progress the whole way.”

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