San Diego State's Thomas Finishes Second at 2013 NCAA Women's Indoor Championships
March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - San Diego State junior Shanieka Thomas finished second in the Triple Jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships on Saturday, March 9.
Thomas, who entered the championships with the nation's top mark (46'-2.50''), landed three jumps over 45 feet, but was unable to overtake defending champion Andrea Geubelle of Kansas. Geubelle eclipsed Thomas' season-high mark with a jump of 46'-6.25'' in the fourth of six rounds. Thomas' best jump checked in at 45'-4.25'', which also was in the fourth round.
The junior, who was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships last month, earned All-American status with her top-eight finish.
In the men's Triple Jump, New Mexico's Floyd Ross finished eighth thanks to a 52'-0.00'' mark on his third jump of the competition. His top-eight finish earned the senior his second-straight All-American nod.
Fellow Lobo Luke Caldwell also claimed an All-American spot with his eighth-place finish in the men's 5000 Meters. Caldwell, a junior, finished the race in 13:46.44. On the women's side, Boise State junior Emma Bates ran a 16:08.56 in the women's 5000 Meters to finish 14th overall.
New Mexico senior Josephine Moultrie, who won the 800 Meters and the Mile at the MW Indoor Track & Field Championships, finished 10th in the 3000 Meters at the NCAA championship with a time of 9:14.84.
In the men's Pole Vault, Air Force senior Cale Simmons placed 10th (17'-8.50''), while teammate, sophomore Joey Uhle, was 14th (17'-4.50'').
Wyoming's Mason Finley competed in the men's Shot Put but fouled on all three of his attempts. Fresno State sophomore Je'Nia Sears finished 15th in the women's Long Jump. Her best mark of the competition was 19'-0.75''. Kendall Spencer of New Mexico, the 2012 national champion in the men's Long Jump, fouled on all three of his attempts in 2013.