Roughly 24 hours after winning her first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship, Denison junior Aedin Brennan became a six-time All-American with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump on Saturday at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Canton, N.Y.
Coming off an emotionally charged day, Brennan needed to regroup as she was in search of her first All-American medal in something besides the combined events.
At the end of the first triple jump flight, she knew she needed a mark of at least 38'5" to have a shot at reaching the finals. With just one attempt remaining in the prelims, Brennan was tied for ninth among the 22 athletes. The junior improved her standing with a combined leap of 38'10.50" which moved her into eighth place with just two competitors left. Rowan sophomore Jewel Brown came in under her top mark, while Hamline junior Carolyn Saulsberry fouled on her final jump.
In the finals, Brennan improved on her mark in her second attempt with a jump of 38'11.75". With her final jump, she surpassed the 39-foot mark with a final distance of 39'0.50". That performance was good enough for eighth place, earning Brennan her sixth All-American honor and her first in the triple jump.
Wisconsin-La Crosse's Bria Halama won the women's triple jump title with a Division III Championship and stadium record leap of 42'2.75". St. Lawrence senior Divya Diswal followed in second place with a combined jump of 40'11.75", while Geneseo State sophomore Alexa Wandy was third with a mark of 40'11".