Ja'Mari Ward

This week’s track notebook will be a collegiate edition as the St. Louis metro area had several athletes who competed at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The area was represented well as a number of athletes earned All-American recognition.

Former Hazelwood Central standout Ashley Henderson of San Diego State earned All-American honors in two events for the third consecutive year. Henderson finished sixth in the 100-meter dash and anchored San Diego State’s 4x100-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish. Henderson also advanced to the semifinals in the 200-meter dash.

Henderson has been the dominant women’s sprinter in the Mountain West Conference throughout her career. She won the 100, 200 and anchored the 4x100 relay team to first-place finishes at the MWC meet in Logan, UtAH.  She was named the Outstanding Women’s Performer of the Mountain West Meet, thus becoming the first athlete to earn that award for three consecutive years. Henderson’s efforts led San Diego State to the Mountain West Conference outdoor championship.

*Former Edwardsville High standout Emmonie Henderson closed out her career at the University of Louisville in style by finishing second in the women’s shot put, which was the best finish in the school’s history in the event. Henderson finished second with an effort of 58 feet 9 ½ inches.

 Henderson earned Second Team All-American honors in the discus with a 14th place finish. She finished third in the discus as a sophomore in 2015. Henderson has been one of the dominant throwers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. She was the ACC champion in the shot put and fourth-place finisher in the discus this spring. As a junior, Henderson won the shot put and both the ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She was the ACC Outdoor champion in the shot put and discus as a sophomore in 2015.

*Former McCluer North standout Aaron Mallett of the University of Iowa finished fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles. Mallett finished his career at Iowa as a five-time All-American in the hurdles.

Mallett was also the Big Ten Conference champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, an event he won for three consecutive years. He was also part of the Hawkeyes’ 4x100-meter relay team that finished second in the Big Ten.

*Former Cardinal Ritter College Prep standout Charles Jones of Texas Tech ran a leg on the Red Raiders’ 4x400-meter relay team that finished in fifth place. Jones was also a semifinalist in the 800-meter run. In 2016, Jones was the Big XII Conference outdoor champion in the 800.

*Former Festus High standout Breanne Borman of Wichita State earned Second Team All-American honors by finishing 12th in the women’s heptathlon. Borman was the Missouri Valley Conference champion in the heptathlon and the league’s Women’s Field Event Co-Athlete of the Year.

*Former Cahokia High standout Ja’Mari Ward of Missouri capped off an excellent freshman season by winning the Southeastern Conference title in the long jump. He won the event with a leap of 26 feet 8 ¼ inches on the final jump of the competition. In winning the event, Ward upset Florida’s KeAndre Bates, who won the NCAA title in the long jump last week. Ward was named the SEC’s Field Event Freshman of the Year for his efforts.

*Former Wentzville Holt standout Nataliyah Friar of LSU was a NCAA qualifier in both the long jump and triple jump. During her career with the Tigers, Friar was a two-time All-American.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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