Missed this one over the weekend, but congrats to Willingboro High School graduate Kenady Wilson, who qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump!
Wilson, a freshman at North Carolina A&T, cleared 5-9 3/4 at the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville and placed 10th overall. The top 12 from each of two regions advance to the NCAA Championships June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Nine jumpers cleared 5-11 1/2 and eight cleared 5-9 3/4, but only three of those eight advanced, and Wilson made the cut because she didn’t have any misses at either 5-7 3/4 or 5-9 3/4.
If she had one miss at 5-7 3/4 she would have missed out on nationals. If she had a miss at 5-9 3/4 there would have been a jumpoff with Jordan Fields of South Carolina for the 12th qualifying spot.
Wilson cleared 5-8 several times at Willingboro and then hit a PR of 5-8 3/4 in her final high school meet, the 2019 National Scholastic Championships in Greensboro, N.C. (at what is now her home track), which is No. 8 in South Jersey history.
This is Wilson’s first year of outdoor college track, and she won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title In Greensboro earlier this month with a PR 5-10 1/2 before getting her NCAA qualifier this past weekend. So her high school and college PRs were both recorded at the same track.
Wilson is now ranked No. 43 among all U.S. women.
The North Carolina A&T web site does not list any school records, but according to Athletic.Net, which goes back to 2008, Wilson’s jump is the best by a North Carolina A&T woman since at least 2008.
The women’s high jump is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST Saturday at Hayward Field.