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Eugene, OR — Janice Jackson ended an astonishing season with a personal-best mark and earning her first All-American honor at the final day of the NCAA Championships.
“I think this was one of our better national meets in a while,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “We haven’t had a national champion since 2010 (Blessing Okagbare). I’m very proud of everybody’s effort this week because nobody had a bad meet. This is all positive and good to build on for next year.”
In what proved to be one of the fastest races of the 2013 NCAA Championship, Jackson executed a stellar showing once again registering a personal-best time. The hurdler clocked in a time of 13.06 (W: 1.7) in the 100m hurdles, which continues to garner her the second-fastest time in the UTEP recordbooks only behind UTEP Hall of Famer Kim Turner (12.95).
“Janice had a good performance with a personal best of 13.06 however she did not execute like she wanted,” said assistant coach Lacena Golding Clarke. “It was a very fast race so she didn’t have time to think about anything.”
Clemson’s Brianna Rollins won the 100m hurdles with a collegiate best and NCAA meet record of 12.39. Jackson ended the season with an eighth-place finish at the national meet.
Junior Mark Jackson concluded his first season in the Orange and Blue earning a spot in the All-American second team. The jumper finished 10th overall in a very competitive field that featured the top 24 collegiate triple jumpers. Jackson posted a leap of 15.87m (52-.075) in his second attempt but it wasn’t enough to advance to the finals, which include only the top nine.
“Mark’s performance is not what we expected,” said Clarke. “He had a couple of fouls that would have placed him into the finals.Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and you only get three attempts. As a coach I’m still proud and we will go back to the drawing board and get ready for next year.”
The Miners wrapped up the NCAA Championships with one National Champion (Anthony Rotich), three All-American first team honorees (Anthony Rotich, Risper Kimaiyo and Janice Jackson) and one All-American second team recipient (Mark Jackson).
The men’s team concluded the 2013 national outdoor meet tied for 24th place.
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