#TJFBHM18: Jeff Henderson, HBCU Grad & Olympian


Jeff Henderson is an American track and field athlete, long jumper and 100 meter dash. He was the 2014 and 2016 USA Outdoor national long jump champion and is a member of the US 2010 and 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships teams. On August 13, 2016, Jeff claimed the gold medal in the men’s long jump at the Rio Olympics.

A native of McAlmont, Arkansas, Jeff competed in track and field in high school. He maintains the state high school decathlon record int eh 100 meter dash with his 10.84 seconds run. After high school, Jeff went on to study at Hinds Community College, Florida Memorial University and Stillman College.

At Hinds, Jeff became the NJCAA Division 1 2008 Indoor National Champion in long jump, 2008 Outdoor National Champion (long jump and 100 meter dash) and the 2009 Outdoor National Champion (long jump and hte 4×100 meter relay team).

During his junior year at Stillman College, Jeff earned All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100 meter dash and long jump.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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