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NCAA Championships
At Greencastle, IN
Friday-Saturday, March 12-13, 2010

Meet Results
NCAA triple jump runner up Nakeisha Jones

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Sophomore Nakeisha Jones (Boston, MA) of the Tufts women's indoor track & field team took second place in the triple jump at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships at DePauw University on Saturday. As the runner-up, she earned the third All-American honor of her young career (indoors and outdoors).

Also on Saturday, junior Amy Wilfert (Westborough, MA) ran ninth in the final of the NCAA mile run with a 5:09.95 time. She just missed All-American honors, which go to the top eight finishers.

Jones was the #1 seed in the NCAA triple jump. Her qualifying distance of 39'2 1/2" (11.95m) was recorded at the All-New England Championships hosted by Boston University on February 27. In the NCAA preliminaries on Saturday morning, her 38'5 1/2" (11.72m) distance was the best mark out of 14 competitors. She topped that in the final with a 38'6 3/4" (11.75m) best. However, Springfield senior Nikki Hay popped a 39'3 3/4" (11.98m) in her second-to-last jump to win the national championship.

Last season at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, Jones was fourth in the triple jump for All-American honors. Her distance was 39'3 1/4" (11.97m). Jones was also an Outdoor All-American last spring, coming in third at NCAA's with a distance of 39'5 3/4" (12.03m).

Wilfert had posted a time of 5:03.22 in the NCAA preliminaries of the mile run on Friday afternoon, making her one of 10 qualifiers for the mile final. She entered the NCAA's as the ninth seed in the event. Her qualifying time of 4:59.46 (converted from 4:58.56) was set at Boston University during the All-New England Championships. In the NCAA final, eighth-place Maeve Evans of New York University had a 5:05.25 finish, more than four seconds ahead of Wilfert.

Last year at the NCAA Indoor meet, Wilfert ran the lead-off 1,200-meter leg of the distance medley relay that won the national championship for Tufts, earning herself an All-American honor. She also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor meet last spring in the 1,500 meters.

With the eight points scored by Jones, Tufts tied for 27th at the NCAA meet. Wartburg College won the national team championship with 33 points.