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La'Derrick Ward
La'Derrick Ward
Year: Senior
Hometown: Alorton, Ill.
High School: Cahokia HS
Major: Mass Communications
Events: Jumps

Personal Bests

Outdoor:
100 Meters: 10.78 (4/12/14)
High Jump: 1.88m (6-2) (5/4/13)
Long Jump: 8.00m (26-3) (School Record) (4/1/14) 
Triple Jump: 15.29m (49-2) (School Record) (5/16/15)

Indoor:
60 Meters: 7.17 (12/3/11)
200 Meters: 22.69 (2/11/12)
High Jump: 2.03m (6-8) (2/1/13)
Long Jump: 7.75m (25-5.25) (School Record) (3/15/14)
Triple Jump: 15.26m (50-0.75) (3/1/14)

2015 Outdoor: Finished sixth in the country as an All-American at the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon... Named the OVC Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive outdoor season, as voted on by the league's track and field coaches... Qualified for the NCAA West Prelimary rounds in the long jump, finishing the meet with a first-place finish and a career best mark of 26-8.5 (wind-aided)... Qualified for the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon with the No. 2 mark in the nation.... Went undefeated in the long jump during the season at four meets... won the OVC title in the long jump for the second year in a row... Competed once in the triple jump at the OVC Championship, notching a mark of 50-2, finishing in second place, and besting his previous school record.

2015 Indoor: Named the OVC Field Athlete of the Year for the first time during the indoor season, as voted on by the league's track and field coaches... Went undefeated in the  long jump, winning the event in five meets, including the OVC Championship... Finished No. 25 in the nation in the long jump with his season high of 25-0.75... jumped to a third place finish in the OVC in the triple jump with a season best of 49-7.75.

2014 Outdoor: Selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Male Field Athlete of the Year as voted by the league's track and field coaches … Posted SIUE’s best-ever finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Ore., placing fourth in the long jump...Qualified for the NCAA Division I West Preliminary rounds in the long jump and triple jump … Rated the No.1-ranked long jumper in the nation… Recorded a fifth place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Division I West Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Ark. … Placed 39th in the triple jump at the NCAA West Preliminaries … Won the long jump at the SIUE Gateway Invite with a personal-best and school record mark of 26-3 (8.00m) … Won the long jump at the OVC Outdoor Championships in Edwardsville …. Won the long jump at the Cougar Classic … Posted a runner-up finish in the triple jump at the OVC Outdoor Championships … Finished second in the triple jump at the SIUE Gateway Invite.

2014 Indoor: Posted a personal-best and program-record 25-5.25 (7.75m) in the long jump at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, finishing sixth in the finals … Finished fifth in the long jump finals at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Nashville, Tenn. … Posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the long jump at the SEMO vs. SIUE Meet and the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. … Won the triple jump at the OVC Indoor Championships with a personal-best leap of 50-0.75 (15.26m) … Finished third in the triple jump at the SEMO vs. SIUE Meet … Finished fourth in the high jump at the SEMO vs. SIUE Meet with a personal-best 6-0.75 (1.85m).

2013 Outdoor: NCAA Division I All-American in the long jump ... Became the program's first-ever qualifier for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, qualifying in the long jump ... Broke his own school record in the long jump with a mark of 25-8.25 at NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas ...Finished second in the long jump (24-7.5) and the triple jump (47-1.75) at OVC Outdoor Championships.

2013 Indoor: Posted a season-best 24-1.5 (7.36m) long jump mark at the SEMO vs. SIUE Meet, finishing first … Won the long jump at the Redbird Invite … Finished fourth in the long jump at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Charleston, Ill. with a mark of 23-4.5 (7.15m) … Finished second in the triple jump at the Redbird Invite with a season-best 46-6.75 (14.23m) … Finished 10th in the triple jump at the OVC Indoor Championships … Posted a personal-best 6-6.5 (2.03m) in the high jump at the SEMO vs. SIUE Meet, finishing second … Finished 10th in the high jump at the OVC Indoor Championships. 

2011-12...Outdoor: Earned 1st place honors in 4x400 Relay at Gateway Classic (3:25.57)...Earned 2nd place in the long jump at the Hilltopper Relays (7.67m) and at the Ole Miss Invite (7.24m)...Indoor: Posted collegiate bests in the 60 Meters (7.17) and the 200 Meters (22.69)...Also recorded personal bests in High Jump (1.89m), Long Jump (7.31m), and Triple Jump (13.70m).