T&F: Henry grabs second straight SBC weekly award

Feb. 7, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas -- For the second straight week, UTA junior Alexus Henry has been voted the Sun Belt Conference Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. She is the first female track or field athlete this year to be recognized more than once.

Henry was honored this week after she smashed the school record in the high jump at Texas A&M's Charlie Thomas Invitational. She cleared 6-1 ¼ (1.86m) while competing in the event during the pentathlon. It surpassed her old record (5-11 ½) set in 2016 by nearly two inches. She is the first UTA female to top the 6-foot mark indoor or outdoor.

Henry now ranks third nationally in the event and is one of just 13 women to clear 6-0 this year. The top 16 individuals after the regular season and conference meets are completed will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10 in College Station. Last year's cut-off height was 6-0 ½.

The native of Bridge City, Texas, ultimately finished sixth in the pentathlon with 3,249 points. She was on pace to break her school record in that event (3,666) as well until she had to drop out of the final event, the 800 meters. Despite not finishing, her pentathlon score is the seventh-best in the SBC this year.

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