PITMAN—No athlete in NCAA Division III has jumped as high as New Jersey City University sophomore La’shonda Carter this season.
After rewriting the NJCU record books in the high jump, she has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week for week five of the 2009-10 season. It’s her first collegiate award as a member of the Gothic Knight women’s indoor track and field team.
At the 2010 University at Albany Great Dane Classic at the 168th Street Armory in New York, N.Y. on Jan. 22, Carter leaped an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 1.75 meters (5-8.75) in the high jump, to place first in a field of 23 competitors.
The school record in the event had stood at 1.53 meters since Mary Jones had cleared that height on Feb. 5, 2000, before it was equaled on Feb. 19, 2006 by Ellysha Delva.
Carter, a transfer this year from the University of North Carolina, broke the mark on her first ever attempt in the event as a member of the NJCU squad, before increasing the record four more times during the competition.
The automatic height of 1.71 meters (5-7.25) to qualify for the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship was eclipsed on her ninth of 12 total jumps on the day.
After electing to pass at 1.45 and 1.50 meters, she cleared 1.55 meters on her first-ever NJCU jump, then soared 1.60 and 1.65 meters on her next two opportunities. At 1.70 meters, she missed on her first two attempts, but cleared the bar on her third and final try. At 1.75 meters, she again cleared the height on her third and final chance—the best measurement in Division III this year as of Jan. 25—before her run ended at 1.80 meters.
Carter, a Rahway resident, was also 12th of 27 in the long jump with an ECAC qualifying distance of 5.38 meters (17-8.00)—narrowly missing the NCAA provisional distance of 5.44 meters.
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