Wayne Pinnock, renowned figure from Arkansas Razorbacks, declares decision to turn professional.

At the Jamaica National Trials in Kingston this weekend, Wayne Pinnock, the long jumper from Arkansas Razorbacks, announced his decision to forego his final year of collegiate eligibility and turn professional with Puma.

Expressing gratitude to the University of Arkansas, coaches, support staff, and his family, Pinnock emphasized the positive impact of his collegiate career as a Razorback. He highlighted his excitement for the new opportunity ahead as a professional athlete representing the Puma brand.

Pinnock, the 2023 World silver medalist and defending Jamaican national champion in the long jump, will compete at the trials alongside Arkansas alum Carey McLeod. He achieved a career-best mark of 28-0.25 (8.54) during the World Athletics Championships qualifying round, placing him third on Jamaica’s all-time outdoor list behind Tajay Gayle and James Beckford.

Despite transitioning to professional status, Pinnock plans to remain at Arkansas to complete his degree and continue his training. Arkansas men’s head coach Chris Bucknam praised Pinnock’s contributions to the team, noting his significant point contributions in conference and national competitions.

Previously, Pinnock swept NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles at Tennessee before transferring to Arkansas, where he defended his SEC Outdoor title and earned a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor championships. His achievements include an SEC Indoor long jump title and a NCAA Indoor long jump victory, where he equaled the Jamaican national record.

Looking forward, Pinnock aims to build on his success and continue his development under the guidance of Arkansas associate head coach Travis Geopfert, who praised Pinnock’s consistency and potential as one of the premier jumpers in the world.