U.S. Collegiate Women’s Indoor Athlete Of The Year — Lexi Jacobus
March 2019by T&FN
SHE DIDN’T QUITE claim the Collegiate Indoor Record, but Lexi Jacobus did get the low-altitude version, clearing 15-4¼ (4.68) to win the SEC with the second-highest height ever. The Arkansas senior had earlier cleared an altitude-aided 15-3½ (4.66) for what is now the =No. 4 collegiate clearance ever. She was undefeated by collegians.
Honorable Mention: Kayla White (North Carolina A&T), Danae Rivers (Penn State), Sade Olatoye (Ohio State), Michelle Atherley (Miami), NCAA champs all. White won the 200 in world-leading time (22.66) and added a runner-up finish in the 60H. The 800 winner, Rivers didn’t have the year’s fastest time there, but did top the 1000 (2:38.58 CR), 1500 (4:11.24 for No. 6 all-time) and mile (4:29.47 for No. 10 ever). Olatoye climbed to No. 3 all-time in the weight (80-3/24.46) and also took 6th in the NCAA shot. Atherley became No. 7 ever in the pentathlon with her 4547.
Previous Collegiate Women’s Indoor Athletes Of The Year
Although the pole vault has been the World Women’s AOY event of choice this century, with 8 of 14 titles, Lexi Jacobus is only the second collegiate winner to be a fiberglass adept. Coincidentally, the only other vault AOY was also a Razorback, Tina Šutej in ’11. The last 20 winners:
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