Wednesday, March 14, 2012
MANKATO, Minn. -- At last weekend's NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, Western Oregon's Ashley Potter must have decided, "It's now or never."
The Western Oregon University senior capped her indoor career with a record-breaking performance in the triple jump to capture second overall in Saturday's finals.
The All-American's jump of 40 feet, 8.25 inches shattered her own school record by 13.25 inches, moving her to the top of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record books.
She's the only female in the history of the GNAC to eclipse the 40-foot mark and her second-place finish is the best placing at the national indoor meet for any WOU athlete.
Dallas native Ryan Hansen (Santiam Christian High) reached Saturday's 800-meter finals after an eighth-place (1:54.81) mark in Friday's preliminaries, but did not place.
His run of 1:57.40 was ninth in the final heat.
WOU's other qualifier, Janelle Everetts in the 800, did not qualify for Saturday's finals. She finished ninth in her preliminary heat.