LEXINGTON, Ky. --- All-American Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) registered a leap of 13.09 meters (42-11½) in the triple jump to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Hughes competing on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round sat through a weather delay of close to three hours before competing in the 100 meter hurdles and the triple jump, simultaneously.
The senior finished 10th and qualified on her second attempt, leaping seven inches further than her first attempt. For Hughes, who qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for the triple jump, it will be her fourth time at nationals for the event. She previously qualified in the triple jump in 2016 and 2017 for indoors and 2016 for the outdoor championships.
Hughes’ bid for a second NCAA National Championship appearance in the 100m hurdles came to an end after a false start eliminated her from contention. Hughes had earned a spot in Saturday's 100m hurdles quarterfinals after running a time of 13.47 on Friday in the first round.
The NCAA National Championships are scheduled for June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore. at Hayward Field.
Amber Hughes – 13.09m (42.11 1/2) – 10th
Amber Hughes – FS – DNP