LARAMIE – University of Wyoming senior Ja’la Henderson qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in the triple jump, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
Henderson ranks ninth in the nation in the event with a school-record mark of 43 feet, 9¾ inches. The national championships March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama.
“It’s a high honor, and it’s a very elite group that she’s going to be a part of,” UW jumps coach Quincy Howe said in a UW release. “She’s in a good position to be a first-team All-American.”
The indoor championships take the top 16 competitors for each individual event, making it one of the hardest national events to qualify for.
Henderson set her qualifying mark at the Texas Tech Shootout on February 8. Overall, Henderson has finished first in three triple jump competitions this season including a Mountain West title in the event.
Henderson won the conference title last weekend with a mark of 42-8¼.
Henderson barely missed qualifying for the indoor nationals in the long jump. She tied for 15th in the event this season, but tiebreaker rules had her as the 17th-ranked jumper.
Six Cowgirls selected to All-MW team
Six individuals from the UW women’s swimming and diving program were named to the All-Mountain West Team on Wednesday.
Senior Samantha Burke earned three all-conference honors by finishing in the top eight in two events and one top three in one relay.
Burke made all conference in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke for the second consecutive season while earning honors in the 200 backstroke for the first time.
Senior Isobel Ryan was named to the 100 backstroke team for the fourth time after winning her first career title in the event.
Sophomore Hannah Mclean-Leonard was named in the 100 butterfly after breaking the school record Friday. She also was selected in the 200 butterfly.
Senior Connor Tarver was chosen in the 200 backstroke for the second time in her career.
Senior Peyton GrandPre made her first career all-conference team in platform diving while freshman Lainee Jones was also a first-time selection in the 200 freestyle.
Record 64 UW athletes earn fall All-MW honors
The Mountain West announced its 2018 Fall Academic All-Mountain West team Wednesday, and 64 UW athletes earned the honor. That set a new record for the athletic program. The previous record of 60 was set in the fall of 2015 and 2016.
UW 64 members rank the school third behind Boise State (93) and New Mexico (71).
UW’s honorees included 22 from football, 17 from soccer, nine from volleyball, nine from women’s cross country and seven from men’s cross country.