Sophomore Ashley Petersen qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the women’s high jump event in Eugene, Ore. after winning a high jump-jump off between eight other competitors on the final day at the NCAA West Regional track and field meet.
Petersen joined eight high jumpers that cleared the 5’-7 ¾’’ mark, but failed to clear 5’-9 ¾’’ mark. Out of the nine high jump competitors, two athletes would earn a trip the National meet in Eugene, Ore. During the jump off, each high jumper was given one attempt to clear the 5’-9 ¾’’ height to advance to the next round. Petersen, from Allegany, N.Y., was one of only two high jumpers to clear the mark during the jump off, which gave her the National Championships birth.
“I have been blessed to make it this far and I knew I had a chance to qualify and make the trip to Oregon,” Petersen said. “During the jump off, I thought to myself that I was given another chance and opportunity to make something special happen. I am truly thankful for my coaches, teammates, and family for being there for me and I know that I could not have accomplished this without them.”
Head coach Steve Rainbolt also commented on Petersen’s performance.
“I am so proud of Ashley and what she accomplished today,” Rainbolt said. “She competed incredibly during the jump off and she deserves this NCAA Championships birth. It was a clutch performance and I can’t say enough about how well she competed.”
Shazz Michael Lindo set a new personal best in the triple jump but did not qualify for the NCAA Nationals. Lindo took his first triple jump attempt and soared to a 49’-11 ¼’’ mark and a 22nd place finish at the West Regional meet.
Nikki Larch-Miller, who qualified for the 200-meter dash quarterfinals on Friday, ran the race in a time of 24.33 seconds that was good for 23rd.
Petersen will be the lone Shocker to compete in Eugene, Ore. at the NCAA National Championships starting on June 11.