Norris begins his college athletic career and becomes UW's first long jump All-American since 1965 with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor meet, clearing 25 feet six times during the 2005 indoor season, including a 25-6 1/4 effort that ranked second in UW history. Norris ranks eighth in the world among junior-age long jumpers in 2005.
On the Leaderboard
In Norris' third year of college, Norris became the Indoor Conference Champion, the West regional champion, and Pac-10 Champion. Norris placed Third at the Indoor USA Senior National Championship, being the youngest athlete to compete in this meet.
To finish Norris' college career, 2008 was full of accomplishments. Norris became Indoor Conference Champion, Indoor Regional Champion for the Men’s Long Jump, Indoor Runner-Up in the Men’s High Jump, 4th place finisher at the Indoor NCAA National Championship Men’s Long Jump, Pac-10 Champion in the Men’s Long Jump, Pac-10 Runner-Up in the Men’s Long Jump, West Region Athlete of the Year, West Regional Champion, National Runner-Up in the Men’s Long Jump, 7th Place finisher in Men’s High Jump, and United States Olympic Trials Finalist. Norris also signed a contract with Nike.
The Journey Begins
After playing competitive basketball his whole life, Norris is introduced to the sport of Track and Field his sophomore year of high school. After meeting Coach Jim Neff, who would go on to become his longstanding coach, Norris starts to compete in junior athletics.
The young success of Norris continues throughout his second year as a track athlete, as he becomes the high jump and long jump state champion. Norris qualified for the Junior Olympics, and placed second in the high jump.
In the Medals
Following only three months of training, Norris wins the state championship in the high jump as a sophomore in high school.
High School Hero
As his last year of high school comes to a close, Norris' titles and awards skyrocket. He finishes the year as the Most Decorated Athlete in Washington State History, Gatorade Athlete of the Year, Adidas Athlete of the Year, Nike Athlete of the Year, and State Athlete of the Year. Norris becomes a 4x National Champion, member of Team USA, and again, high jump and long jump state champion. In addition, Norris became Golden West Mens Long Jump Champion, Adidas National Champion Gold Medalist, 2x Junior Olympic Gold Medalist, World Rank 7th Mens Long Jump, and World Rank of 11th Mens High Jump.
Long Jump Legend
Starting Norris' professional career, he finished 4th place at the United States vs The World Meet (representing Team USA) in Glasgow, Scotland. He also placed 4th at the United State World Championship Trails.
Norris received a Bronze Medal for his performance at the Indoor Men’s Long Jump. Lastly, Norris finished 5th at the Adidas Grand Prix.
For Team USA, Norris was the Bronze Medalist for the Indoor Long Jump.
He became the Mt. Sac Winner for the World's Leading Long Jump Mark, Runner-up at the Jamaica Invite for Men’s Long Jump, Runner-up in Cork, Ireland for Men’s Long Jump, and Runner-up in Helsinki, Finland for Men’s Long Jump.
In Norris' 2012 season, he became the Team USA Indoor Bronze Medalist in the Men’s Long Jump. He also ranked #3 in the World for the Indoor Men's Long Jump. He was a United States Olympic Trails Qualifier, and Finalist. He became the #7th World Rank in the Men’s Long Jump.
Norris' athletic goals and dreams came to a screeching halt due to an unfortunate knee injury that required surgery. Norris' surgeon told him his career would never be the same. This news motivated Norris to continue recovering and training. Despite his tragic knee injury, Asics saw potential in Norris as an athlete and signed him that same year.
After a long recovery year, Norris made a huge comeback. He ranked #1 in the World for Men’s Long Jump, became an Indoor Facility record Holder in the Men’s Long Jump at the University of Washington (UW), the Meet Record Holder Men’s Long Jump at UW, and the Meet Record Holder for Men’s Long Jump at the Harry Jerome Classic in Canada.