It wasn’t the ending Chari Hawkins was hoping for, but it was still a memorable meet for the Utah State sophomore.
Hawkins, competing for the third straight day, tied for 21st place out of 24 athletes in the finals of the high jump on the fourth and final day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at world-renowned Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The native of Rexburg, Idaho, earned second-team All-American honors after finishing 11th and breaking her own school record in the two-day heptathlon, which concluded Friday.
Fatigue might have been a factor Saturday as Hawkins didn’t clear the opening height of 5 feet, 7.75 inches until her third and final attempt. Hawkins, the school record-holder in the event at 5-11.25, was then unsuccessful in all of her attempts at 5-9.75.
“I think even more than that, the emotions she’s gone through this week, this being her first time in this caliber of a meet, I think a combination of all of that probably did take a toll on her,” USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. “But it’s not like she didn’t give her all because she did, and it just wasn’t her day in the high jump today.
“But I’m still so proud of her and Will (Henry) and what they accomplished this week, setting two school records and both being second-team All-Americans. It’s outstanding.”
Indeed, all in all it was a satisfying week for both Hawkins and Henry, who broke USU’s 100-meter record Wednesday. After all, it’s the first time since 2000 the Aggies have crowned two All-Americans at the same NCAA meet.
“It’s awesome,” Gensel said. “For the program, that’s one of those things that should carry over into the way we do business and enhance that, so I’m excited for what’s in store for us.”
Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett easily won the high jump with a clearance of 6-4.75. The senior is the collegiate record-holder in the event at 6-6.25.
Former Ogden High standout Lauren Crockett, a sophomore for Oregon, placed 19th in the high jump by clearing 5-7.75 on her first attempt.
Kansas claimed the women’s team title with 60 points, while Texas A&M and Florida tied for the men’s crown with 53 points apiece.