Top Jumpers Leap To The Spartans With NLI Signings

Nicole Ilonya is a 40-foot plus triple jumper signing with San Jose State.

Feb. 7, 2014

Three long and triple jump specialists ranked among the top-20 nationally for 2014 high school seniors signed a National Letter-of-Intent to enroll at San Jose State University and compete in women's track and field.

Arlington, Texas' Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw from Timberview High and Nicole Iloanya of Bowie High and Cambree Harbaugh of Mountain View High in Meridian, Idaho will be the first competitors in the horizontal jumping events for the Spartans starting with the 2015 indoor season.

"We are excited to have three talented long and triple jumpers coming to San Jose State. These young ladies will be a solid nucleus for our program as we begin to fill out our roster in the sprint and jump events," says San Jose State women's track and field head coach Jeff Petersmeyer.

"Kelsey, Nicole, and Cambree all come from the same mold of strong academic and athletic backgrounds, the key trait we are looking to build upon as we grow this program."

Johnson-Upshaw ranked ninth nationally among 2014 seniors in the long jump a year ago according to dyestat.com. She finished third in the long jump at the 2013 Texas 5A State Championships in Austin. Her personal bests in the long jump are 19-feet-6.5, 40-feet-2 in the triple jump and 12.10 in the 100 meters.

Iloanya (E-lon-yah), a triple jump specialist as a high school freshman and sophomore, was fourth in the triple jump at the 2013 Texas 5A State Championships in Austin. Her personal best of 40-feet-2.5 placed her first at the 2013 Texas Region I-5A Championships in Lubbock. Iloanya added the long jump to her repertoire last year and has a best of 18-feet-1 that placed her second at the Texas District 3-5A Championships in Weatherford.

Harbaugh, no relation to the two generations of football coaches with the same last name, is a combination long jumper, triple jumper and sprinter. As a high school junior, she ranked first in the state of Idaho and fifth nationally among 2014 seniors with an indoor best of 18-feet-8.5. In outdoor competition, she is a two-time Idaho 5A State Meet champion in the long jump. At the 2013 meet, she was second in the triple jump and was fifth in the 100-meter dash. Harbaugh has personal bests of 19-feet-4.25 in the long jump and 38-feet-2 in the triple jump. The former Level 9 caliber gymnast for the Advanced Gymnastics Club in Meridian, Idaho, was in her first season as a triple jumper in 2013.