NCAA Track and Field Preview: High Jump
The absence of defending champion, Destinee Hooker of Texas, from the women’s field opens up the opportunity for a new champion in 2010. On the men’s side, a Hoosier hopes to finish what he started in the indoor season.
Wednesday, June 9
Friday, June 11
The women’s high jump is another event where a defending champion has decided not to defend her title. Destinee Hooker of Texas decided to forgo her senior track season and sign a professional volleball contract with a club in South Korea. In Hooker’s absence, there are plenty of 2009 All-Americans and NCAA newcomers ready to compete for the top spot.
Those competitors include: 2009 runner-up, Elizabeth Paterson of Arizona; current NCAA leader, Amber Kaufman of Hawaii-Manoa; Texas Big 12 champ Victoria Lucas; and Jane Doolittle of UC-Santa Barbara.
Women High Jump =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed Mark =============================================================================== 1 Chealsea Taylor SR Alabama 1.81m 2 Megan Seidl SR Wisconsin 1.81m 3 Tynita Butts FR E. Carolina 1.81m 4 Victoria Lucas SO Texas 1.81m 5 Holly Parent FR WSU 1.81m 6 Emily Breslin JR Purdue 1.81m 7 Kayla Lawson SR NC State 1.81m 8 Priscilla Frederick JR St. John's 1.81m 9 Brittani Carter JR LSU 1.81m 10 Rebecca Buchholtz SO Michigan St. 1.81m 11 Amber Kaufman JR Hawaii-Manoa 1.81m 12 Whitney Sisler SO Cal Poly-SLO 1.81m 13 Brigetta Barrett FR Arizona 1.81m 14 Elizabeth Patterson SR Arizona 1.81m 15 Jasmin Day SR Arizona 1.81m 16 Jane Doolittle SR Santa Barbara 1.81m 17 Toni Tollefson FR N. Dakota St. 1.81m 18 Epley Bullock SR Nebraska 1.81m 19 Ke'Airra Jones SO S. Mississippi 1.78m 20 Katelyn Williams JR West Virginia 1.78m 21 Maya Pressley FR Auburn 1.78m 22 Krystle Schade SO Alabama 1.78m 23 Ada Robinson SO BYU 1.78m 24 Bianca Stewart SO Ga Tech 1.78m
As an Illinois native, I can’t help but be a bit biased and root against anyone wearing an Indiana Hoosier jersey. But what’s not to like about Derek Drouin? Not only is he the current indoor NCAA champ, but he jumped into a decathlon at the Alabama Relays (where he finished second with a tally of 6592) and ran the 110 hurdles this past spring. He’s the TrackFocus pick to take outdoor high jump crown. That being said, he’s got to better some quality competition if he hopes to add the outdoor title to his resume.
Freshman Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss holds the current NCAA best of 7 feet, 5 3/4 inches and will look to improve on his impressive, indoor NCAA runner-up finish. Robertson’s Ole Miss teammate, Brian Knight, has also jumped well this spring. Though they lost 2009 NCAA champ Scott Sellars graduation, Kansas State hopes they can defend their school’s high jump title with talented freshman Erik Kynard. Also, keep a eye out for Utah State’s Clint Silcock, who has cleared 7-5 this spring.
Men High Jump =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed Mark =============================================================================== 1 Major Clay SO Indiana St. 2.16m 2 Derek Drouin SO Indiana 2.16m 3 Brian Knight SO Ole Miss 2.16m 4 Clint Silcock JR Utah State 2.16m 5 Trent Arrivey SR WSU 2.16m 6 Justin Frick SR Princeton 2.16m 7 Geoffery Davis FR Purdue 2.16m 8 Ricky Robertson FR Ole Miss 2.16m 9 Ryan Fritz SR Penn St. 2.16m 10 Matt Fisher SR Minnesota 2.16m 11 Erik Kynard FR Kansas St. 2.16m 12 Manjula Kumara Wijesekara SR USC 2.16m 13 Edgar Rivera-Morales FR Arizona 2.16m 14 Paul Hamilton JR Nebraska 2.16m 15 Raphael Hall SR Norfolk St. 2.11m 16 Nick Ross FR Arizona 2.11m 17 Donte Nall JR North Carolina 2.11m 18 Jamal Wilson JR Texas 2.11m 19 Andrew Bachelor JR Fla State 2.11m 20 Keith Benford FR Texas-San Anton 2.11m 21 Darrell Roddick SR Texas Tech 2.11m 22 Jerome McKinzie SR Kennesaw Sta 2.11m 23 Kenneth Agee FR Kent State 2.11m 24 Jordan Bishop FR Oregon St. 2.11m