Adoree' Jackson bent to touch his toes three times, rose to make the sign of the cross and then pointed to the sky before sprinting down the runway.
The USC sophomore's leap drew gasps from the crowd as he landed in the long-jump pit, but he tossed a fistful of sand as he climbed to his feet and didn't pause to check the scoreboard.
Jackson's mark was 25 feet 4 3/4 inches — enough to win the event at Sunday's USC-UCLA dual meet at Drake Stadium, but short of his growing expectations.
"I wouldn't say I like how it's going, but it's pretty decent," Jackson said of his track season. "I guess all right in my...