Black Tabbed NSIC Newcomer of the Year
USF freshman Jazzelena Black has been selected the NSIC Women’s Track Newcomer of the Year.
A native of Oxnard, Calif., Black continued her outstanding freshman season at the NSIC Indoor track and field championships, where she was crowned both the women’s long jump and triple jump champion.
On Friday, she blew away her competition in the long jump with a leap of 19-7 (5.97m) to meet the NCAA automatic qualifying standard. Black separated herself from the field by close to six inches. Black followed up Friday's effort with an NSIC record-setting mark in the triple jump. She turned in a mark of 40-7.5 (12.38m) to reset both the USF and NSIC record and meet another NCAA automatic qualifying standard.
Black was previously selected as the NSIC field athlete POW honor for a triple jump victory and third place finish in the long jump at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 18.
Black will next compete at the 2013 NCAA Division II Festival, to be held March 6-9 in Birmingham, Ala. She will enter the NCAA championships ranked no. 2 in the long jump and no. 3 in the triple jump. Black is one of two freshmen to qualify for the NCAA’s in the long jump and one of four freshmen to qualify for the triple jump.
In Tuesday’s release of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, the Sioux Falls women stood pat with its No. 8 ranking and are the second highest-ranked NSIC team in the top 25 (University of Mary, 7th).