For the second time in as many months, Monroe native Travis Dutton has won another gold medal in a national skydiving competition and and helped set a new national record. In October last year, Dutton won gold at the latest U.S. National Skydiving Championships. Last week at the 2015 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships Dutton again brought home the gold. According to a press release, the championships is the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales. Dutton is a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
According to the press release, the competition drew more than 100 collegiate skydivers from around the country making it the biggest Collegiate Nationals in six years. The competition was for the title of national champion in four skydiving disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy. Dutton and his team won gold in the 4-way open formation skydiving event. In formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes.
Dutton’s team also set a new national record in the 6-way speed event, in which the team tries to build a pre-designated formation in the fastest time possible. The team set the record by completing a formation in 5.26 seconds.
Dutton is a senior majoring in economics. He has now completed more than 600 skydives.