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Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
The 2013 World Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia, Aug. 10-18.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Minnesota also turned in several PRs and top-10 performances.
Photos by Becky Miller
Career Highlights: 2012 Jamaica Olympic Trials long jump champion with a leap of 20-10 2012 second-team All-American in the 4x100m relay led off school record-setting 4x100 (44.32) in 2012 Big Ten prelims a 2010 and 2013 NCAA Preliminary Round competitor in the long jump the 2010 Big Ten outdoor long jump champion 2012 Big Ten runner-up 2013 indoor Big Ten runner-up indoor and outdoor school long jump record holder is the third Gopher leaper to sail over the 20-foot mark in the long jump.
2013 Season - Indoor: All-Big Ten Second Team honoree broke the school record and finished second in long jump at the Big Ten Championships with a leap of 20-7 3/4 (6.29m) placed sixth in the 60 meters in 7.48 seconds set a personal record and third-best Minnesota all-time mark in the 60m preliminary heats (7.42) second in long jump (20-3 3/4) and the 60m at the Iowa State Classic won the long jump and 60m (7.50) at the Jack Johnson Classic first in long jump at the Bison Classic. Outdoor: Finished 21st in long jump at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (20-0 1/4) seventh at the Big Ten Championships eighth in the 100 meters (11.77) ran the school's sixth-best 100m time in the prelims (11.73) won the long jump at Arkansas with a season-best mark of 20-3 (6.17m) also won long jump titles at Alabama and LSU 18th in long jump at the Drake Relays eighth in the 100m at Drake part of the Gophers' 4x100m relay Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 Season - Outdoor: Led off the 4x100-meter relay team that finished 13th (44.48) at the NCAA Championships, earning second-team All-America acclaim 4x100 team broke its own school record in qualifying at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (44.32) finished 15th in long jump at the West Prelims led off the third-place 4x100m team at the Big Ten Championships helped break the school 4x100m record in Big Ten prelims Big Ten runner-up in long jump with a season-best leap of 20-5 1/4 (6.23m) won four long jump titles during the season, at the Arkansas, Steve Scott, and Aztec Invitationals and the Tommie Twilight Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season-Indoor: Finished second at the Big Ten championships in the long jump with a leap of 20-3 (6.17m) won the Meyo Invite., with a mark of 20-1 (6.12m) picked up another win in the long jump at the Iowa State Classic with a jump of 19-8 ¼ (6.00m) took first at the Minnesota Open with a distance of 18-9 ¼ (5.72m) finished seventh in the triple jump at the Big Ten championships with a mark of 39-7 ¼ (12.07m) placed fourth at the Jack Johnson Classic with a leap of 37-6 (11.43m). Outdoor: Broke the school record in the long jump at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a jump of 21-1 ½ (6.44m) won the Jim Click Shootout with a leap of 20-1 (6.12m) finished 16th at the NCAA championships with a mark of 20-3 ¾ (6.19m) placed third in the triple jump at the Jim Click Shootout with a jump of 39-5 (12.01m) took second at the Mesa Classic with a distance of 38-7 ¾ (11.78m) ran the opening leg of the Gopher 4x100 relay (44.85) at the Big Ten championships letterwinner.
2010 Season - Indoor: Competed in six meets competed in both the long and triple jumps at the Big Ten Championships placed fifth in the long jump (19-2 1/2) at the conference meet and landed her season-best effort of 37-11 1/4 in the prelims of the triple jump won the Jack Johnson Classic long jump crown with a season-best leap of 19-5 1/4, the fifth-best jump in Gopher history. Outdoor: Big Ten champion NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in the long jump tied for 31st in NCAA Prelim meet with a leap of 19-3 1/4 sail over 20-feet for the first time in winning the Big Ten title with a jump of 20-9 1/4 won the long jump at the Shamrock Invitational competed in the triple jump once, landing a jump of 37-3 at the Jim Click Shootout Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned second varsity letter.
2009 Season - Indoor: Competed in the 60 meters and triple jump at the Big Ten Championships clocked a time of 7.71 in the 60m prelim landed season-best jump of 37-11 /12 in triple jump prelim won the 60 meters at the Parents' Day Open with a time of 7.70, the 10th-best time in school history. Outdoor: Redshirted the outdoor season varsity letterwinner.
High School: A 2008 graduate of St. Andrew High School for Girls high school coach was Leecroft Bolt the top jumper in Jamaica in her age group owns personal bests of 20-1 1/4 (6.13m) in the long jump, 41-4 1/2 (12.61m) in the triple jump, 12.20 in the 100 meters, 13.85 in the 100-meter hurdles and 25.26 in the 200 meters.
Personal: Born Nov. 23, 1988 intends to major in marketing daughter of Lennox and Cherol Willis has older siblings Natoya and Lennox Jr. enjoys singing, reading, traveling and volunteering.
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)
|Long Jump, Indoor||20-7 3/4 (6.29m) (1st)||Big Ten (2/22/13)|
|Long Jump, Outdoor||21-1 1/2 (6.44m) (1st)||LSU Alumni Gold (4/23/11)|
|60m, Indoor||7.42 (3rd)||Big Ten (2/22/13)|
|100m, Outdoor||11.73 (6th)||Big Ten (5/11/13)|
|200m, Outdoor||24.37 (10th)||Alabama Inv. (4/6/13)|
Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee:
What community service projects have you been involved in this year?
Hope Day Festival
Are you a SAAC representative? If so, for how many years?
Yes, this is my first year.
Are you on any of the SAAC committees? If so, which one(s)?
Social Event Committee
What is your favorite part about SAAC?
Having the opportunity to get involved with the broader student committee.
How many Maroon Madness events have you attended this year?
Two - Rowing & Cross Country
Are you involved in any clubs/committees outside of athletics?
African-American Mentorship Committee
Is there anything else you would like us/the public to know about you?
Scholar Student-Athlete: 2009-present
Love volunteering and getting involved in philanthropic events
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