AUSTIN, Texas – University of Wyoming senior Ja’la Henderson tied the school record in triple jump, and earned her fifth-career All-America honor, at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.
Henderson placed 10th with a leap of 43 feet, 3¾ inches. She earned second team All-America accolades for the second consecutive season in that event. Unfortunately, Henderson didn’t qualify for the finals, which consisted of the top nine jumpers.
“What a way to top off an incredible career. Ja’la competed so well today,” said UW associate head coach Quincy Howe in a news release from UW. “She was ranked 13th coming in and she finished 10th, which is her highest finish ever. She has re-written the record books here, and she will walk away with triple jump records that will be tall orders to approach.”
Henderson finished 15th in triple jump at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
On Thursday, Henderson was a part of UW’s 4x100 relay team that earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 23rd-place finish.
Henderson ties Shauna Smith and Robin Lyons for the most career All-America honors for a UW female track and field athlete. Those three are the only Cowgirls to earn multiple All-America Honors in multiple seasons, counting both indoor and outdoor national championships.
Henderson is the first Cowgirl to earn multiple All-American honors at the same meet twice in her career. She earned outdoor long jump and triple jump All-America accolades last season, and earned indoor triple jump All-America honors this season before efforts in Texas.
Henderson didn’t start competing in the triple jump until January of 2018.
Henderson ends her UW career as UW’s record holder in both indoor (43-9¾) and the outdoor triple jump. Additionally, she is the Cowgirl all-time leader in the indoor long jump (20-7). She is also a part of the second-fastest 4x100 relay team (44.66 seconds) in school history, set earlier this season.