Bizarre Demotion For National Track Star

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Bizarre Demotion For National Track Star, The scenario is so ludicrous, it need only be put forth in a straight sentence: The nation’s best prep long jumper, a two-time reigning state champion, will spend his junior season on his school’s junior varsity team.

The player caught in such bizarre circumstances is Devin Field, a DeSoto (Texas) High athlete who was recently declared ineligible because of residency regulations by Texas’ University Interscholastic League, which governs scholastic extracurricular activities in the Lone Star state.

As covered by the Dallas Morning News and ESPN, among other sources, Field was declared ineligible for the spring season just days after winning the New Balance Nationals Indoor long jump title in New York, doing so with a lower back injury.

The issue behind Field’s eligibility quandary is, at face value, a simple one. UIL determined that he couldn’t compete for DeSoto because he is not currently living with a parent. Instead, Field is staying with Trent Gamble, an assistant coach for the Texas Faces track club who also happens to be a family friend. The move to stay with Gamble was made for academic reasons, with Field desperate to graduate next winter to focus more time on his budding track career.

His previous school, Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High, wouldn’t have allowed him to complete the courses he needed to finish by December 2012, which will allow him to enroll early at Kansas State for the Wildcats’ spring track season.

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