by Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EUGENE, OR - Rice sophomore jumper Michelle Fokam put the finishing touches on a stellar sophomore campaign by placing 17th in the triple jump Saturday afternoon at her first career NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Fokam, from Katy, Texas, set a day's-best mark of 12.97m (42-06.75) on her second attempt despite competing in rainy conditions.
Named the C-USA Outdoor Field Performer of the Meet, Fokam had a year for the ages for the Owls, sweeping the triple jump and long jump titles at the C-USA Championships in both the outdoor and indoor seasons.
In addition to Fokam, fellow sophomore teammate Hannah Jackson placed 22nd overall (23.53) in the semifinals of the 200m dash. Jackson, who was named the C-USA Outdoor Track Performer of the Meet, was the 100m C-USA Outdoor champion and the indoor 200m victor.
"Our two sophomores gained a lot of invaluable experience at the NCAA National Championships," Rice head coach Jim Bevan said. "I'm very proud of Michelle and Hannah and I'm looking forward to their junior years."