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."