Former CSU track standout grabs silver at world championships
March 11, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Former CSU All-American and current volunteer track assistant coach Janay DeLoach placed second Sunday in the long jump final at the world indoor championships at Ataköy Athletics Arena.
DeLoach, who was the top qualifier for the final round a day earlier with a jump of 22 feet, 6 inches, recorded her best jump of the season on her sixth and final attempt. Her distance of 22-10.75 gave her the top spot before American teammate Brittney Reese bested her with a championship record jump of 23-8.75 on her final attempt.
Reese and DeLoach were the only two Americans in the top eight finishers. All told the Americans went home with a record 10 gold medals (18 medals overall). DeLoach was one of three to earn silver.
DeLoach advanced to the world championships after winning the long jump at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 26 with a mark of 22-7.25.
During her four years at CSU, DeLoach rewrote the record books and helped the track program reach new heights. She currently holds the school records in both the indoor and outdoor long jump of 21 feet, .75 inches and 21-4.25, respectively. During her senior year she won the Virginia K. Frank award as the most outstanding female athlete at Colorado State. She earned All-America honors in the long jump during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. She also captured both long-jump titles at the MW championships, and took seventh at the USA championships. DeLoach was later selected to compete for Team USA at the Pan Am Games, held in Rio de Janeiro.