REDLANDS — Jada Newkirk's last two weeks have been absolutely extraordinary.
The first year sprinter broke Oxy's school record in the 100m with a time of 11.88 seconds at the Redlands Last Chance Meet on Thursday night. She also ran 24.35 in the 200m which is third in Oxy school history and currently 4th in NCAA Division III, putting her in position to compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships next weekend in three events. She had previously qualified in the long jump with a lead of 18-10.5 at the Oxy Invite, which is second all time in school history.
Newkirk has been improving at a rapid rate. At the beginning of the season she was running in the 13-second range.
"Jada has worked incredibly hard this year and her training has indicated something special was about to come," Oxy sprints coach Tyler Yamaguchi said. "We just weren't sure when it would come and how special it would be."
Newkirk isn't the only Oxy women's track and field athlete who's been impressive and is headed to nationals.
LaShauna Porter ran personal bests of 11.96 in the 100m and 24.66 in the 200m, ranking her 9th and 10th in D3 respectively. Emma Yudelevitch ran a personal best of 12.11, moving her to 20th in the country and in position to make the national meet.
Thrower Sabrina Degnan will also join the crew in the javelin. She's currently ranked 19th in NCAA Division III.
Pole vaulter Melissa Braun is on the bubble at 23rd, one spot off the cutoff.
For the Oxy men there are a few athletes that could make the meet based on who declares on Sunday, including Zach Greenleaf in the pole vault, Austin DeWitz in the high jump, Hugh Pegan in the 200m and the Oxy men's 4x400m relay.
The meet that begins on Thursday, May 24 is hosted by La Crosse, Wisconsin.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram