San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas Wins Third NCAA Triple Jump Title

Courtesy of GoAztecs.com

EUGENE, Ore. - Shanieka Thomas won her third NCAA title in the Triple Jump, while Allison Reaser finished runner-up in the Heptathlon to pace No. 16 San Diego State at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Thomas, who also won the Triple Jump at the 2014 indoor meet and 2013 outdoor meet, and was runner-up the previous two championships (2013 indoor, 2012 outdoor), captured another NCAA title with a leap of 45'-11.25''.

Thomas, who led start to finish, went 44'-4.75'' (13.53m), 43'-4.25'' (13.21m) and 44'-4.75'' (13.53m) again in the first flight to earn the top seed in the finals. In the finals, she posted marks of 45'-4.50'' (13.83m), 45'-11.25'' (14.00m) and 44'-8.25'' (13.62m).

It is the seventh individual national title for the Aztecs. An SDSU athlete has now won an individual title at four of the past five NCAA Championships (the three straight for Thomas and Whitney Ashley in 2012 outdoor discus throw). Each of the past four individual titles for San Diego State has come since head coach Shelia Burrell took over the program in 2009.

Reaser, meanwhile, capped an extraordinary comeback in the heptathlon by winning the 800 Meters, the event’s final competition, to finish second with 5,836 points. The 5,836 points broke her own Mountain West and school record and was just 18 points shy of the winner Kendell Williams (5,854) of Georgia. Reaser’s win in the 800 Meters helped her edge past Florida’s Brittany Harrell by a single point (5,835) and secure the runner-up finish.

After two events yesterday, Reaser was in 13th place out of the 24 entrants. The senior then slowly moved up to fifth after four events and the first of the two-day competition. Today, Reaser opened in the Long Jump with a third-place leap of 19-09.00 (6.02m), which got her into the top four. Next up was the Javelin, where she came in 11th with a personal-best toss of 129-08 (39.52m). The mark was the eighth-best all-time at SDSU (new javelin) and moved her into third heading into the 800 Meters. In the two-lap race, Reaser closed hard to win in 2:12.08, which matched her PR, and clinch the second-place finish and eight points for the team.

Kristen Brown also competed on Friday, taking 16th in the Pole Vault with a mark of 13'-3.50''. Brown, who had the 18th-best height coming into the weekend, beat out eight other entrants in the event.

With 13 of the 21 events completed, San Diego State is in a four-way tie for seventh place with 18 points, along with fellow MW representative, Boise State. Oregon leads the meet with 43 points, followed by Texas A&M (41), Florida (29) and Texas (29), and Georgia (25).