ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Junior Jatavia Wright competed in the women's triple jump at NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships Saturday night, becoming the first female student-athlete at SIUE to compete at the meet.
Wright placed 11th in the event with a mark of 41 feet, 7 inches (12.67m). The native of Miami Gardens, Fla., was just shy of her school record of 42-8 (13.00m) and finished three places higher than her incoming rank of 14th.
"Jatavia competed well," Interim Head Coach Eileen McAllister said. "When you are disappointed in 41-7, which would have been a record a few weeks ago, it's a good place to be. She made huge gains this season will continue to build on them."
Wright earns the status of a second team All-American in her first appearance at NCAA National Championships. McAllister was impressed with the way Wright handled herself on the national stage.
"She showed good composure," McAllister added. "You couldn't tell it was her first time at National Championships. I know she isn't happy with this result and wants more."
Shanieka Thomas of San Diego State won the women's long jump with a mark of 45-10. Auburn's Marshay Ryan placed second at 44-0.5.
"I'm proud of Jatavia and Coach (Ilyan) Chamov with how they've represented the program and SIUE," McAllister said.
The SIUE track and field team will now prepare for the start of its outdoor season, which begins next weekend when they host the Cougar Classic. Events begin next Saturday at noon at Korte Stadium.