Ava Alexander Claims NSAF Triple Jump Title

Ava Alexander's hot streak continued on Friday, as the West Chester Rustin junior claimed the Championship Triple Jump title at NSAF Indoor Nationals at Ocean Breeze.

Alexander leapt a best of 41 feet, 3 inches to claim the victory, edging out national leader Agur Dwol of Colorado in a close battle. Dwol, a senior, jumped 41-0.5 for second.

Event 38  Girls Triple Jump Championship
    National: N 44-06.75  3/11/2007   Ke'Nyia Richardson, Holy Names,Oakld,CA  
        Meet: M    44-02  3/16/2014   Keturah Orji, Mt Olive,Flanders,NJ       
Ocean Breeze: Z 41-09.75  1/28/2018   Alissa Braxton, Commack, NY              
    Freshman: F    41-02                                                       
    Freshman: F    41-02  3/9/2015    Titiana Marsh, Thom Dale,Chester,VA      
   Sophomore: O    42-06  3/12/2017   Jasmine Moore, Lk Rdg,Mansfield,TX       
      Junior: J 42-11.75  3/11/2018   Jasmine Moore, Lk Rdg,Mansfield,TX       
    Name                    Year School                  Finals            H#
  1 # 1858 Ava Alexander      23 West Chester, PA        12.57m   41-03.00  2 
      12.42m  12.40m  12.57m  12.35m  12.13m  12.39m
  2 # 1114 Agur Dwol          22 Littleton, CO           12.51m   41-00.50  2 
      12.51m  12.25m  12.10m  12.33m  12.15m  12.20m
  3 # 1029 Leah Anderson      22 Desoto, TX              12.41m   40-08.75  2 
      FOUL  12.41m  11.85m  11.73m  FOUL  11.84m
  4 # 1317 Suzan Ogunleye     22 Round Rock, TX          12.30m   40-04.25  2 
      12.30m  FOUL  FOUL  11.96m  12.17m  12.02m
  5 # 1399 Kayla Pinkard      22 Carrollton, GA         J12.30m   40-04.25  2 
      12.30m  12.06m  11.83m  11.53m  11.42m  11.78m
  6 # 1033 Hannah Forde       24 Little Elm, TX          12.23m   40-01.50  2 
      11.90m  12.23m  12.09m  11.89m  12.15m  11.73m
  7 #  576 Ke'yona Gabriel    22 Raceland, LA            12.20m   40-00.50  2 
      12.20m  12.12m  12.16m  12.04m  12.17m  12.07m
  8 # 1030 Alyssa Banales     24 McKinney, TX            11.96m   39-03.00  1 
      11.22m  11.84m  11.71m  FOUL  11.86m  11.96m
  9 #   18 Esther Akinlosotu  22 Federal Way, WA         11.71m   38-05.00  1 
      11.71m  11.54m  FOUL         
 10 # 1266 India Alix         23 Houston, TX             11.56m   37-11.25  2 
      FOUL  11.39m  11.56m         

Dwol put a big mark on the board on her first attempt, with her best of 41-0.5. Alexander had a big start, too, with leaps of 40-9 and 40-8.25 on her first two jumps, but found herself in second place.

Then Alexander put it all together with her 41-3 on her third attempt to catapult into the lead, where she stayed to take the win.

That performance is a four inch improvement on Alexander's previous PR, which came two weeks ago at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships, where she claimed the state title. Alexander's jump moves her up to US No. 5 on the season. 

It also moves Alexander up to PA No. 2 all-time in the triple jump. Only Sheena Gordon of McDowell has leapt further in the triple with her PA state record 41-6 from 2002.

Watch an interview with Alexander below.