Jhoanmy Luque kicked off her NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with First Team All-America honors in the women’s long jump Thursday at Hayward Field. Luque recorded the second-best jump of her career at 21-5 1/4 to finish fourth, tying for her highest finish at an NCAA Championships. The now seven-time All-American recorded the ISU women’s best long jump finish since 1976.
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Luque’s performances put five team points on the board for ISU, leaving the Cyclone women tied for 16th heading into Saturday’s final day of women’s competition.
Also on Thursday, Allanah McCorkle finished 13th in the women’s long jump to earn Second Team All-America honors with a best jump of 20-2 1/2. Jasmine Staebler could not get the edge at the line in her heat of the 800 to advance to the Saturday final, finishing 18th and earning Honorable Mention All-America distinction in 2:06.81.
Luque’s first jump was her best as she went 20-9 1/4 despite leaping into a -1.9 m/s wind. While 20-9 1/4 was what was shown on the board, it was the third jump which was critical, as Luque followed a foul with a 20-9 leap. With nine advancing to the final, eighth, ninth and 10th place were tied at 20-9 1/4, but that second best jump ensured Luque was not the odd lady out.
She was not scraping at the bottom for long, as she bounced back with a huge 21-5 1/2 to shoot up to second on the leaderboard after four rounds. She would drop down a pair of spots after finishing with a foul and a 20-4 1/4, but her fourth place finish tied for her best finish at an NCAA Championships with her triple jump effort last season.
McCorkle got her best jump on the first leap at 20-2 1/2, but was unable to move up as her second leap went 20-2 1/4 and she fouled on her third jump. She finished 13th overall with that 20-2 1/2 to gain Second Team All-America honors. It was the first career All-America honor for the Davenport native.
Staebler’s heat of the women’s 800-meter run went out to a slower 65-second first lap, meaning that a top-two auto spot would be required to advance to Saturday’s final. Staebler was strong on the inside, but faded on the backstretch on her final lap, sitting seventh on the final turn. Like always, the ISU sophomore turned it on down the homestretch, picking off runners from the inside. However, she could not run down the final competitor she needed to, as her stretch at the line against UC-Davis’ Rianna Goins was not enough, with Gonis going 2:06.76 to pip Staebler’s 2:06.81.
Staebler finished 18th overall to bring home Honorable Mention All-America honors. With her First Team All-America honors from the indoor season, she becomes the third Cyclone in program history to be an All-American indoors and outdoors in the same season, joining Edith Nakiyingi (1989, 1990 & 1991) and Eijro Okoro (2014).
Jalen Ford will compete in the men’s high jump tomorrow. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. Central Time, with coverage being provided on WatchESPN/ESPN3.
Iowa State Results
800m Run, Semifinal (W): 1. Brooke Feldmeier, Oregon – 2:03.43; 18. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:06.81