Frederick Finishes In Top Five At USA Track & Field Junior Nationals|
June 23, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's freshman Priscilla Frederick finished fifth in the women's high jump over the weekend at the USA Track & Field Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, bringing a close to her phenomenal rookie season.
"I'm pretty happy about Priscilla being one of the top freshman jumpers and top five junior athletes in the country," said head coach Jim Hurt. "After Priscilla's season, which was probably one of the best seasons a St. John's track student-athlete has had in recent memory, I am very excited about what's ahead in the next couple of years."
Frederick hit the 1.74 meter (5 feet, 8.50 inches) mark on her third attempt. She passed on the opening height of 1.66 meters (5 feet, 5.25 inches), and making the 1.71 meter (5 feet, 7.25 inches) jump on her first try. She just fell short on three attempts at the 1.77 meter mark (5 feet, 9.75 inches).
Over the course of her rookie season, Frederick, from Sicklerville, N.J., finished in the top-12 at the NCAA Finals with a season-best height of 1.77 meters. She defeated University of Maryland's Toni Aluko in a jump-off at the NCAA Regionals to qualify for the National Finals. Frederick was runner-up in the Penn Relays high jump, and was Metropolitan High Jump Champion in both the indoor and outdoor competitions. She earned a spot among the Red Storm's elite, with both outdoor and indoor season-best jumps that place her third on the St. John's high jump all-time lists.