Athlete of the Week: Black jumps up NCAA leaderboard

AUSTIN HAMM Sports Editor

For her performance in the triple jump that vaulted her to No. 16 in the nation in the event, South Dakota State track and field athlete Jazzelena Black is this week’s Collegian Sports Athlete of the Week.

Black jumped 42–11.50 inches at the SDSU Indoor invitational this past weekend, breaking her own school record in the event as part of a weekend that saw the Jackrabbit women have 10 new entries in the school’s all-time top 10 list. At the time of the jump, Black was in 12th in Division I, but her mark slipped to 16th by the end of the weekend. That is a significant figure because in D-I track, the top 16 individuals in the nation in each event are invited to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Other athletes can move ahead of Black in these last few weeks of the season, but she is currently on the inside looking out and has an opportunity to improve her mark with the Jacks hosting the SDSU Tune-Up on Friday and traveling to the Summit League Championships next week.