Event: Long Jump
PR: 8.47m/ 27-9.5 (1996)
Born: February 14, 1974, in Jacksonville, Texas
Current Residence: Grand Prarie, Texas
High School: Tyler, Texas '92
College: Odessa JC '94; Abilene Christian '96
Coach: Wes Kittley
Agent: Daniel Wessfeldt
Career Highlights: 1999 U.S. Outdoor champion; 6th at 2001 World Indoor Champs; 1995 NCAA Division II Indoor champion
Dilworth started out as a sprinter, but his middle school coach, Andrew Melontree, insisted that he give the long jump a try. On his first attempt, he went over 20 feet: I just wanted to run. But after that, I liked jumping too. His grandfather, Tony Dilworth, ran the 400 for Prairie ViewIn high school, football was Dilworths priority, but after a good senior year in track, he opted to concentrate on jumping in college. He earned his degree from Abilene Christian in family therapy, and he sings with a group called Deliverance at his church where he also serves as a youth ministerlikes to write poetryfeels that running more sprint races in outdoor competition coupled with a new technical approach will improve his long jumping results, and he is looking toward the 28-foot barriersays of his technique, I know it will be better because now were doing it right.
2003: 5th at USA Outdoors (7.74m/25-4.75)3rd at Gateshead
(8.09m/26-6.5)best of 8.09m/26-6.5ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN.
2002: 1st at Cayenne (8.13m/26-8.25)ranked #7 in the world, #4 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8.13m/26-8.25.
2001: 6th at USA Outdoors (8.06/26-5.50)5th at USA Indoors (7.81/25-7.50)6th at World Indoors 8.10/26-7 (indoor seasonal best)4th at Goodwill Games (7.97m/26-1.75)7th at IAAF GP Final (7.8125-7.50)ranked #3 in world, #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8.30/27-2.75 in Brussels.
2000: 17th in qualifying at U.S. Olympic Trials (7.63/25-0.50)best of 27-2.
1999: Won USA Outdoors (26-7.75w)7th at World Champs (26-3) 4th at USA Indoors (26-2.25)ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 26-6.5.
1998: 4th in USA Indoor (25-11)3rd in USA Outdoors (26-6.25)5th in Goodwill Games (26-8.25)ranked #4 U.S. by T&FNbest of 27-2.5.
1997: 3rd in USA Outdoors (27-2.5)8th in World Champs (25-10.25)5th in World University Games (26-0)ranked #10 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 27-2.75.
1996: 2nd at NCAA D-II Indoor (24-1)2nd in NCAA D-II Outdoors (25-7.25); ran on both winning relays (39.88, 3:06.48)13th in qualifying at Olympic Trials (25-6.75w)best of 27-9.5.
1995: Won NCAA D-II Indoor (25-6)4th in NCAA D-II Outdoors (24-9.75); third leg on winning 4 x 100 (40.07)best of 25-8.25.
1994: 2nd at JUCO Indoor (24-10)2nd at JUCO (25-4)best of 25-4.5.
1993: 4th at JUCO Indoor5th at JUCObest of 25-1.75.
1992: 2nd in Texas HS state meetbest of 24-8.