Henderson 1st Cowgirl to Claim MW Indoor Triple Jump
ALBUQUERQUE – Junior Ja’la Henderson closed out the the 2018 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field championship Saturday by becoming Wyoming’s first women’s triple jump winner in MW indoor championship history. She tied her own school record with a mark of 42 feet, 11 inches.
The Cowgirls finished ninth as a team in the championships, and the men’s team finished sixth. Both scored 421 points.
Henderson put together an impressive series of jumps, recording her best mark on her third attempt of the day to pull ahead of San José State’s Nicole Iloanya. Henderson’s triple jump crown is a particularly impressive feat considering the Dayton, Ohio native competed in the event for the first time in her collegiate career just six weeks ago. She was the 2016 MW indoor champion in the long jump.
“Ja’la (Henderson) went out there and did what she’s been doing all year. She’s just in the zone right now,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said on Saturday. “She’s doing everything right, and it shows. Triple jump is not an easy event to pick up. It’s not natural. To see her do that is impressive, but it’s no coincidence. She’s focused right now and doing what she needs to be doing.”
William Nolan record a personal best of 49-6.5 in the men’s triple jump to take second place behind Air Force senior John Reynolds. Nolan finished fourth in the long jump Friday,With Nolan’s runner-up triple jump performance after a fourth-place effort in the long jump on Friday, a Cowboy jumper has placed in the top five of both jumps events at four straight MW indoor championships.
Jerayah Davis, who entered Saturday’s final of the women’s 60 meters with the second-fastest time in the preliminary, clocked a time of 7.35 seconds in the final to finish as the runner-up in the event for the third consecutive year. In the men’s 60-meter final, sophomore Sam Kirkeide scored two points for the Cowboys with a seventh-place finish in 7.07.
Jackson Wood had the best performance of his collegiate career in the men’s 400-meter final, checking in at 48.10 seconds for third place after he posted the fifth-best time in the prelims. His time is fourth on the UW all-time list for the event and the fastest for a Cowboy since 2010.
Senior Kerry White ran an impressive race in the women’s 800-meter final, passing two competitors at the finish line for a fourth-place finish. White clocked an altitude-adjusted time of 2:11.46, a season-best.
In the men’s 800-meter final, Ricky Faure placed seventh with a converted 1:52.41. Faure also ran a leg on Wyoming’s 4x400-meter relay team along with Jacob Harthun, Kevin Blackett and Bryce Ailshie. The Cowboys took fourth in the relay, clocking 3:19.17.
Senior Jonah Henry placed 12th in a field of 36 runners in the men’s 3,000 meters, clocking the No. 7 time on the UW all-time list with a converted 8:16.83.
Freshman McCade Johnson earned a sixth-place finish in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.32. Senior Heidi Pfoor took seventh in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, clocking 8.90.
Senior Garrett Lynch finished his indoor career by scoring a point for the Cowboys with an eighth-place finish in the men’s shot put, tossing 51-7. On the women’s side of the event, freshman Addison Henry threw 46-3.5 for ninth place while senior Hannah Carr tossed 45-7.25 for 10th place. Sophomore Kyle Pollock was another point-scorer for the Cowboys, taking eighth place in the high jump with an indoor personal record of 6-5.
Air Force won the men’s team title, while UNLV earned its first team women’s MW indoor championship in program history. Wyoming will await the announcement of individual berths to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place March 9-10 in College Station, Texas. The Pokes will begin the 2018 outdoor season at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo., March 16-17.