Wixon: DeSoto's Devin Field, reigning 4A long jump and triple jump champ, ruled ineligible

Devin Field, who won the Class 4A long jump and triple jump last year as a sophomore at Lancaster, won’t compete in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. The junior won’t be defending his University Interscholastic League titles this year, either.

Field, who now attends DeSoto, has been ruled ineligible for UIL competition after beginning the school year at Port Arthur Memorial. The star jumper, who also won the long jump as a freshman, moved to Port Arthur with his mother last summer because his grandmother was ill.

Field moved to DeSoto in November and is living with a family friend. His mother still lives in Port Arthur, and Field said he discovered he wouldn’t be eligible at DeSoto just before the track season began. Field said his mother will move back to the Dallas area soon, but he doesn’t know when.

Field practices with the DeSoto team and competes in junior varsity meets.

“It’s frustrating, but I’m OK,” he said. “Winning state was one of my main goals, but my biggest goal this year is to make the world junior team.”

The U.S. junior team for the world championships will be selected after the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in June.

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