Making the jump count Mustang setting bar high in track, field


Mustang setting bar high in track, field

The Collegian’s Mustang Spotlight for this issue goes to track and field athlete Eric Sloan.

Sloan is a product of Bear Creek High School. It’s his last year at Delta College.

His plans are to transfer to a four-year university and continue track while hopefully making it on an Olympic team.

“He got here and we worked on strength. The kind of strength that you need to have in order to do,” said Head Coach Lester Bond. “Especially in the triple jump, which is very hard on your body then the long jump.”

Sloan finished last season in first place in both events in NorCal finals with a jumping distance of 25-02.50 in the long jump and 51-04.50 distance in triple jump.

He is also an individual winner in state championship for the triple jump with a 53-6.25 distance for Delta, according to the California Community Colleges Athletic Association.

Sloan is planning to set more records.

He continues to impress his coaches and teammates. Sloan has a lot of colleges taking a look at him right now.

“Eric went to nationals with the best guys in an out of college and he end up taking tenth. That qualify him for the nationals under 23 championship in Canada. He went and won, so he’s an under 23 international triple jump champion,” said Bond.

Bond said he is proud of Sloan as a student athlete.

“For a community college all he can do is make records more difficult to reach for others. He is a good role model and great person. He does a lot for recruitment here at delta,” said Bond.

Sloan is excited for this season.

“Making my family proud that is what motivates me a lot,” said Sloan. “I want to be that student athlete that everyone that needs help can come and ask. I want to help everyone and answer any questions they have or wants to talk to me at track, at school or anywhere.”