Austin, Texas --- On one of the biggest stages of the outdoor women's track & field season, San José State long jumper Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw put down a new collegiate best.
The junior from Arlington, Texas, jumped 6.24 meters in the long jump on her third attempt to set the record and finish in 15th place at the NCAA Championship West Preliminaries. The mark leaves her just outside of the top-12 which advance to the NCAA Championship Finals in Oregon, but director of SJSU Track & Field Jeff Petersmeyer knows this is a big result for the program.
"Our goal is to make the top-12," Petersmeyer said. "But it was a great result for Kelsey at a tough meet. She wasn't even close to the board on her first two attempts and then on the third try had an outstanding jump."
Destiny Longmire, the Mountain West long jump champion, finished in 24th place with a distance of 6.07 meters. Cambree Harbaugh finished in 33rd place with a mark of 5.93 meters. A 6.31 meter jump was needed to qualify for the upcoming finals in Eugene, Oregon.
Kansas' Sydney Conley won the event with a distance of 6.81 meters.
Jennifer Sandoval also competed for the Spartans at the NCAA West Prelims in the 10,000 meters. She clocked a 36:25.87 to finish in 34th place among the West Region's top-48. The final qualifying spot came in at 34:54.88, and the winning time by New Mexico's Alice Wright was 34:06.78.
"The season is over, but it was a good season for us," Petersmeyer said.
- Sydney Conley, Kansas, 6.81m(w); 2. Wurrie Njadoe, Kansas State, 6.67m (w); 3. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State, 6.63m; 15. Kelsey Johnshon-Upshaw, San José State, 6.24m (w); 24. Destiny Longmire, San José State, 6.07m (w); 33. Cambree Harbaugh, San José State, 5.93m (w).
- Alice Wright, New Mexico, 34:06.78; 2. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas, 34:08.02; 3. Jamie Kemper, Missouri, 34:08.54; 34. Jennifer Sandoval, San José State, 36:25.87.