Dannie Jackson in 1976. Jim Davis / Arizona Daily Star file photo 

Jim Davis / Arizona Daily Star file photo

In 1975 and 1976, Jackson was Arizona’s top track and field athlete of the year. In ’76, he won state titles in the triple jump, high jump and 120 hurdles and won the decathlon. He also high-jumped 6-11, the second best in Arizona history at the time. In 1981, competing for ASU, he finished third in the NCAA decathlon. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.