Jarrion Lawson, a 15-time All-American college sprinter and long jumper, has turned professional and signed his first sponsorship deal with Asics America Corp.
Lawson, 22, is the first person in 80 years to win the 100- and 200-meter and long jump at a single meet, an accomplishment he achieved earlier this month at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Jesse Owens was the only other American athlete to ever win all three events at the same meet in the 1935-36 season. As a result of this feat, the University of Arkansas athlete was one of three finalists for The Bowerman Award, given to the top male collegiate track and field athlete, and one of five nominees for the ESPY for Best Male Collegiate Athlete, marking the first time a collegiate track athlete has been nominated for an ESPY.
“Asics is highly selective with our roster of athletes and we have landed a tremendously versatile talent in Jarrion,” said Gene McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of Asics America Group. “As we drive to be younger, faster, fresher in everything we do, Jarrion absolutely fits the bill. He is on an incredible trajectory with significant accomplishments during his collegiate career and as he turns pro, we are confident that he will be the future of track and field. We are excited to support him in reaching his goals.”
Lawson, a native of Texarkana, Tex., is now a six-time national champion following two additional championships in the indoor long jump (2014, 2016) and one as part of the outdoor 4x100m relay (2015).
As a student at Arkansas, Lawson completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology in three years and obtained a master’s in business administration in his fourth year. Prior to his standout collegiate career, Lawson was a five-time Texas state champion on the track at Liberty-Eylau High School and also lettered and captained the school’s basketball and football teams.
“Asics was like family from the first time we met and it’s cool that their technology is always fresh,” Lawson said. “With this being such a big week for me, knowing I have the power of the Asics brand behind me is huge.”