By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
EUGENE, Ore. -- UT Arlington rising sophomore Chineme Obikudu won the women's triple jump at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships on Saturday to earn a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team.
Obikudu smashed her personal record in the event by 13 inches on her way to winning the competition by nine inches. She posted the winning mark of 42 feet, 7 inches on her fifth of six jumps.
Earlier, she qualified for the finals on her third and final attempt with a then-personal best mark of 41 feet, 8 inches. She had fouled in her first two attempts.
"Chineme had a great day," UT Arlington assistant coach Brandon Berger said. "She went out there and really stepped it up in a big way. She did what it took to win and really deserves it."
As a result of her finish, the product of Hurst, Texas, will be competing for the United States at the 2015 Junior Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada (July 31-August 2).
Obikudu is just the second Maverick ever to win a USA junior title and qualify for the junior national team, joining Lisa Austin. Austin, who also competed in the triple jump, is a member of the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor.
"We are very happy for Chineme," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "She always has a smile on her face and she sure came through tonight. It's such a huge accomplishment for her and Coach Berger."
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