Jenije takes home triple jump title
Florida State jumper sets national-best mark at Texas Relays
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It was a great day for No. 25 Florida State at the 85th Clyde Littelfield Texas Relays.
Triple jumper Michelle Jenije continued her brilliant season with another victory against a competitive field.
Jenije, made the most of her outdoor season debut. Coming off an NCAA Indoor Championship runner-up finish in the triple jump, she unleashed a nation-leading and career-best mark of 13.47m (44-2.50) on her third attempt.
While the mark was wind-aided and therefore will not count toward records, only three Seminoles -- Kimberly Williams, Teresa Bundy and Esmeralda Garcia -- have jumped further, and all three have NCAA titles to their credit.
"The exciting thing about Michelle is jumping 44-feet is becoming ho-hum for her," FSU head coach Bob Braman said.
"That's exciting. She's really moving up the all-time lists, which is pretty impressive when you have national champions Kimmie Williams and Teresa Bundy.
"I'm excited to see the consistency. In the field events, that's what the good people do."
Jenije defeated a solid field, which included Kansas All-American Andrea Geubelle. While the wind-aided leap was her best of the day, Jenije also registered a legal jump of 13.34m (43-9.25) that eclipsed her previous outdoor best by .30.
Amanda Ouedraogo who recently won the NCAA Division II indoor title in triple jump, placed fifth in the triple jump with her collegiate best of a wind-aided 43-3.25. Her mark in the sixth round moved her into the lead in NCAA Division II on the 2012 outdoor performer list.
Ouedraogo's performance Friday included the first two 13-meter jumps of her Wildcat career. She leaped 13.01 meters (42-8.25 with 4.3 wind) in the third round of preliminary jumps to advance to the final, then after fouls in the fourth and fifth rounds she leaped 13.19 (43-3.25 with 2.8 wind).