Cowgirls Henderson Claims MW Women's Track and Field Award
COLORADO SPRINGS – Wyoming track & field star Ja’la Henderson was selectxed the Mountain West Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week for competitions during the first week of the outdoor season, the league office announced Tuesday. Henderson is ranked third in the NCAA for the women’s outdoor long jump after crushing her personal best mark at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday.
The Cowgirl junior leapt 20 feet, 2.5 inches to win the event at the outdoor season opener hosted by the University of Colorado, moving up from No. 9 to No. 2 on the UW all-time list. It was her eighth victory in the jumps events during the 2017-18 track & field season. Henderson now trails UW record holder Patricia Miller, who also holds the UW women’s indoor long jump record, by just an inch and a half in the outdoor record books. Miller set the program standard in 1980 with a leap of 20-4.
Henderson is the only female athlete in the Mountain West to cross the 20-foot barrier in the long jump in the outdoor season. The Dayton, Ohio, native ranks third in the nation for the event behind Purdue senior Savannah Carson and Incarnate Word junior Sarea Alexander.
The honor is the second of the 2017-18 track & field season for Henderson, who also received a weekly accolade from the conference on Feb. 6 after smashing her own UW women’s indoor triple jump record at the Colorado Invitational. She received two All-Mountain West honors after her performance at the 2018 MW indoor championships, where she was crowned the indoor conference champion in the triple jump and took third place in the long jump.