Red Storm Alumnae Frederick Posts Seasonal Best At XX Commonwealth Games|
July 30, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – Competing in the biggest multi-sport event in the world this year and against some of the top competitors in international athletics, St. John’s track & field record holder and NCAA All-American high jumper Priscilla Frederick wrapped up competition in the women’s high jump at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday, posting a seasonal best while narrowly missing out on qualifying for Friday’s medal round.
Representing the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Frederick finished sixth in the first of two preliminary high jump flights and 13th out of 24 athletes in the overall standings, clearing the bar at 1.81 meters to set a seasonal best. Frederick just missed qualifying for Friday’s final as the top-12 athletes in the combined preliminary flights were invited back.
“We were very excited to see our school record holder in the high jump competing in the Commonwealth Games today,” said Red Storm head track & field and cross country coach Jim Hurt. “Priscilla carries on the great tradition of SJU track & field being represented in the most prestigious meets at the world level. We congratulate her on her terrific finish as she was just a fraction away from qualifying for the final at the biggest meet of the year.”
Frederick entered Wednesday’s high jump competition at 1.76 meters, clearing the height on her second attempt. The Sicklerville, N.J., native then cleared the bar at 1.81 meters on her very first attempt to set a seasonal best before recording three consecutive misses at 1.85 meters.
Frederick was a four-time All-American while competing for the Red Storm, and owns both the school indoor (1.82 meters) and outdoor (1.84 meters) track & field high jump records. She set the indoor school mark in a 10th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships and the outdoor program mark in a winning effort at the 2010 ECAC Championships. Frederick also won the high jump at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championship and boasts the second fastest 60-meter hurdle time, indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon performances in school history. In 2013, Frederick tied for 10th place in the high jump at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
With no Olympic Games or World Championships on the calendar this year, the XX Commonwealth Games – which run from July 23 to Aug. 3 – have enjoyed unparalleled attention this summer, with over 1 billion worldwide television viewers tuning into the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, July 23. The event is the largest of its kind ever held in Scotland with close to 5,000 athletes from 71 different nations and territories competing in 18 different sports.