Ja'la Henderson

Ja'la Henderson

University of Wyoming senior jumper Ja’la Henderson added another prestigious accolade to her resume Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Indoor Championships.

Henderson finished 13th in the triple jump with a top mark of 42 feet, 0¾ inches at the Birmingham Crossplex to earn second-team All-America honors. Only the top 16 jumpers in the nation advance to nationals with the top eight earning first-team All-American status.

“Today was not the best day for Ja’la,” UW jumps coach Quincy Howe said in a UW release. “The reality of the national meet for 99 percent of the competitors here is that you have to be at your absolute best on the day to get on the podium.

“She did as she always does and competed with heart and left everything on the track. I am proud of the journey she has made, and even though we did not realize the ultimate goal, we are happy being a second-team All-American.”

Henderson is the 11th Cowgirl to earn indoor All-America honors, and the first ever to do so in the triple jump. The last Cowgirl indoor All-American was Afiya Walker in the 400-meter dash in 2011.

“It’s always a bitter pill to swallow in the moment, but perspective will surely come when the realization of being 13th in the nation sinks in,” Howe said.

Henderson sat in eighth place after her first jump at 41-8½. On her second jump, she improved her distance to 42-0¾, but dropped two spots.

Henderson’s third jump was a fault.

Henderson now has three All-American honors to her credit being All-American in both the triple jump and long jump at last season’s outdoor national meet. The three A-A marks tie Henderson for third in program history with Jessica Fox and Jesseca Cross. Shauna Smith and Robin Lyons each had five during their careers.

 

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