Jamaican jumper Jehvania Whyte became earned just the second NCAA Outdoor Championships All-American honours for the University of Northern Illinois after finishing 7th in the Women’s triple jump at historic Hayward Field, Oregon, USA earlier today.
The All-America recognition is the second of the season for the junior and just the third in the history of the NIU Women’s Track and Field program.
The former Vere Technical High School athlete earned All-America honors earlier this season in the indoor triple jump, finishing eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The only other Huskie to earn Al-American honours is Hope Schmelzle, who was the first in program history when she finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last season.
Whyte recorded a wind-aided best leap of 13.36m (WIND: +3.3m/s), close to her seasons best of 13.42m and better than her personal best 13.35m.
She was the best finisher of four Caribbean ladies who competed in the event.
Campbell Univesity senior Sabina Allen was the closest of the rest in 16th (12.99m), while Kansas State University junior Shardia Lawrence finished 18th (12.93m) and University of Alabama junior Tamar Moncrieffe 23rd (12.49m).
Like most of the field, Whyte had a rough time in adverse weather conditions as heavy rain fell in Eugene. But despite fouling her remaining two attempts, Whyte managed to make the podium with a solid first attempt that withstood challenges from a strong field.