Senior Amanda Ouedraogo made ACU history on Saturday as she broke the school’s outdoor triple jump record at the 55th-annual Mt. SAC Relays.
“Amanda has accomplished something amazing and to be able to be there to see it was incredible,” said Head Coach Jerrod Cook.
Ouedraogo finished sixth at the relays with her career-best 43-feet, 6 inches (13.26 meters), which she recorded on her final attempt. She opened with a distance of 12.85 meters and then fouled three-straight times before surpassing Stephanie Warren’s former school record of 43-04.25 (13.21m). Both times she has reached the NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the triple jump.
“I felt really confident out there and was excited to get to compete at this level,” Ouedraogo said.
Ouedraogo also became the school record holder in the indoor triple jump earlier this season after winning the Lone Star Conference title with a distance of 43-00.50 (13.12m). The old record of 42-08.25 had belonged to Mazel Thomas since January 28, 1989.
Senior Baptiste Kerjean also had a great outing as he improved on his personal record in the hammer throw. Kerjean finished with an eighth-place distance of 218-00 (66.44m). He currently ranks second in the D-II hammer throw rankings to Ashland’s Garrett Grey (218-10/66.71m)
Elsewhere from the relays, seniors Chloe Susset and Ayesha Rumble each recorded season best NCAA provisional marks in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:39.43) and 800-meter run (2:11.08).
Susset’s time pushed her up to seventh in the D-II rankings, while Rumble moved up to 13th. Freshman Xavier King finished with a 3:54.42 time in the 1500m, his time was a season and career best.
“We got great performances at Waco from everyone on the roster,” Cook said.
Other members of the Wildcat track and field team attended Baylor’s Michael Johnson/Dr. Pepper Classic.
Freshman Andrew Hudson’s throw of 177-06 was ranked the fifth best recorded by a D-II competitor this season, and placed him third overall behind Texas Tech’s Kole Weldon (185-02) and Baylor’s Desmine Hilliard (179-07).
Freshman Johnathan Farquharson in the 100m recorded a 10.67 time. Red shirt senior James Grantham finished with a 3:56.10 in the 1500m, and freshman Jeremy Tatham had a 15.40 second time in the 110 hurdles.
The Wildcats returned to action Thursday for its final meet of the season at the Red Raider Open hosted at Texas Tech’s Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.