ALLENDALE, Mich.– The Slippery Rock University women's track and field team secured its second All-America finish in the last two days when Ashley West placed eighth in the high jump Friday at the NCAA Division II National Championships at Grand Valley State University.
West earned first team All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for her eighth place finish after clearing an outdoor personal best height of 1.73 meters (5' 8").
This marks the second career All-America finish for West and the first during the outdoor season. The junior previously earned an All-America award for an eighth place finish at the indoor national meet two years ago in her freshman season.
She is the second Slippery Rock female in the last two days to be named an All-American after Kaitlyn Clark earned second team honors with a 12th place finish in the pole vault Thursday on the first day of competition.
The USTFCCCA awards first team All-America honors to the top eight individual finishers at the national meet, while finishers 9-12 are awarded second team All-America honors.
West, a Pine-Richland graduate, opened the competition by missing her first attempt at the opening height of 1.60 meters (5' 3"). She then cleared on her second try to advance to 1.65 meters (5' 5"), where she cleared on her first attempt.
(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)