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We will have a new long jump champion after this weekend as the three-time defending champion Uju Ofoche graduated last spring. There are three seniors who are willing to take Ofoche’s place. Cornell has two senior jumpers – Dominique Corley and Anjelique Parnell — who can leap past 19 feet. Corley’s currently tied for the best leap in the conference right now — a wind-assisted distance of 19-3 1/2 — with Brown senior Brienna Crimmins. Crimmins is the top returning scorer from last year, finishing second just three inches ahead of Columbia’s Nadia Eke in Princeton. We bring Eke into this discussion as she won the indoor long-triple jump combo this past February and has a long jump personal best over 19 feet. But she is coming back from an early season injury and has only competed in the triple jump during this outdoor season. Who knows if she will opt for this double again? Probably her and Coach Willy Wood, but not us yet.
If Eke decides to focus on the triple jump, she will have to contend with defending outdoor champion Imani Oliver of Princeton, who comes into Outdoor Heps with the top mark and personal best of 42-4 1/4 with Eke less than three inches back right now. Both women are among the best triple jumpers in conference history and are currently the only athletes in the field this year who have exceeded 42 feet. Eke’s teammate Anna Williams surpassed 40 feet in the triple jump during the indoor season and currently has the third best mark this outdoor season. She and Brown’s Uzoamaka Okoro both could break the 40-foot barrier this weekend and present a challenge for Oliver and Eke for those triple jump points. Williams could join Eke, Oliver, and Yale’s Alisha Jordan as entries for both the long and triple jumps.
– Mary Boggs