June 27, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - In only her third competition of the 2011 outdoor season, St. John's senior Priscilla Frederick tied for seventh place at the annual USA Track & Field Championships with a season-best leap of 1.83 meters (6 feet) this weekend at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore.
Frederick, who is recently removed from a two-week Vincentian mission to Panama, missed her opening attempt at 1.78 meters (5 feet 10 inches) before clearing the same height on her second jump. The senior missed her first two attempts at the 1.83 meter mark, before clearing the height on her third and final leap. Facing windy conditions, Frederick failed to clear 1.86 meters (6 feet 1 inch), just barely scraping the bar on her second attempt.
Her seventh place finish is her fourth top-10 placing at the USA Track & Field Championships over the past four years. Frederick placed fifth at the USA Junior Championships as a freshman and followed with a sixth and third place finish at the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor Championships, respectively. Last season, the Sicklerville, N.J., native placed 10th at the outdoor competition. This season's seventh place finish qualifies her for the pool of athletes for selection to the USA Team for the 2011 Pan American Games, which will take place from October 14-30 in Mexico.
"Priscilla continues to prove herself to be amongst the best high jumpers in the United States and once again competed at her best at this year's outdoor championships," said St. John's Head Track & Field Coach Jim Hurt. "We are very proud of all her hard work and accomplishments, and look forward to her final outdoor season in 2012, the Olympic year."
Former STJ javelin thrower Grace Zollman placed 13th in the women's javelin with a toss of 45.89 meters (150 feet 6 inches) at the event. Zollman unfortunately hyperextended her knee during warm ups and could not continue in the event. Zollman is looking forward to 2012, where she will also attempt to qualify for the London Olympics.
In Kingston, Jamaica, St. John's school record holding DeWayne Barrett clocked in a time of 45.90 seconds in the 400 meter run to finish sixth at the Jamaican National Championships. Barrett won his preliminary round in 46.57 seconds, and placed second in his semifinal heat with a season-best time of 45.63 seconds. Barrett will now be a part of the Jamaican 4 x 400 meter relay pool for the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in August.
"We are very proud of Priscilla, Grace and DeWayne, as they have continued the long and great tradition of St. John's Track & Field at the national level here in 2011," said Hurt. "We wish them continued success in meets this summer and in their preparation for next year's Olympic Games."