Another national indoor record was broken this season when triple jumper Charisma Taylor leaped 13.61 meters (m), 44’ 8”, at the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday.
It was a personal best for the Washington State University (WSU) Cougars junior who made the mark twice that evening – on her opening jump and then again on her third jump. In the process, she also broke her own school record and finished fifth overall.
The previous national record was held by Tamara Myers – a leap of 13.60m (44’ 7-1/2”) back in February 2018. Winning that event on Saturday, was Texas Tech Red Raiders’ Ruth Usoro who tied the meet record of 14.27m (46’ 10”). Texas A&M Aggies’ Deborah Acquah finished with the same distance, but Acquah had a better second-best jump. Florida State University’s Ruta Lasmane was third with a jump of 14.15m (46 5-1/4”).
Taylor jumped a then-season-best of 13.45m (44’ 1-1/2”) back in February. She took part in three meets before this weekend, and came into the meet ranked at number 11 in the event in the NCAA DI. The jump is a great improvement and accomplishment for Taylor who is looking to jump at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer for The Bahamas.
BY The Nassau Guardian – Simba French