Jackson Named MU Student-Athlete of the Week

Andrea Jackson is the first MU athlete to provisionally qualify for nationals

Andrea Jackson is the first MU athlete to provisionally qualify for nationals

Feb. 23, 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Andrea Jackson is the Marshall University Student-Athlete of the Week, as the senior provisionally qualified for the Track and Field National Indoor Championship meet in the triple-jump.


At the Virginia Tech Invitational this past weekend, Jackson jumped a personal best of 42-02 feet. That distance is the 17th best jump posted this year in the country, and the second best in Conference USA. This was her third consecutive meet grabbing first-place in the college division.


The jump also provisionally qualifies Jackson for nationals in two weeks. An automatic bid can be attained if she jumps 43-feet; however, if Jackson does not improve upon her mark this weekend at the C-USA Championships, her name will be placed in a pool with other provisional qualifiers, with a chance to be selected for nationals.


"I expected to do well this year, but when Rod [Cowan] left I had a set back in my mind and thought this was going to be a tough year," Jackson said. "But Polly Hardy has been working with me very closely and it has been going well, so I am very excited."


The Sumter, S.C. native is the first Marshall student-athlete in program history to provisionally qualify for nationals.


Jackson and the Herd hit the road for Houston this weekend for the C-USA Championship meet, and the triple-jump sensation has high expectations.


"I want to place in the top three and I am trying to hit the automatic mark for nationals. But I want to wish the entire team luck. We have a lot of girls who can do well this weekend and score some points for us."