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Shanieka Thomas Wins Triple Jump at New Mexico

Shanieka Thomas posted the best triple jump mark in the country at the Cherry and Silver Invitational.
Shanieka Thomas posted the best triple jump mark in the country at the Cherry and Silver Invitational.

Jan. 19, 2013

Complete Results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Shanieka Thomas won the triple jump with the best mark in the nation this year to lead the 20th-ranked San Diego State track and field team at New Mexico's Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

Thomas defeated 26 others in the event with a mark of 44 feet, 2 ½ inches (13.47 meters). It was the top mark in the country this season (according to, the second best in school history (indoor) and was 3-02.75 farther than the runner-up finisher Estefany Cruz of Tulane (40-11.75). Thomas also was fourth of 56 entrants in the long jump at 19-02.50 (5.85m).

Kristen Brown, meanwhile, made her Aztec debut a good one, finishing with a pair of top-10 marks in SDSU indoor history. The Virginia Tech transfer was fourth in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.56 seconds (No. 8 all-time at San Diego State) after an 8.71 time in the prelims. She was also fourth in the pole vault at 12-11.50 (3.95m), which ranks fifth all-time in Aztec indoor history.

Karen Snapper was the final SDSU athlete to log a top-10 mark by tying for ninth in the pole vault at 12-05.50 (3.80m). That ties her for 10th on the school's all-time indoor charts.

Allison Reaser, the two-time defending champion in both the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon, had a solid first meet as well, taking third in the 60 hurdles (8.48), 13th in the long jump (17-11.50/5.47m) and 22nd in the shot put (37-01.75/11.32m).

Alex Evans came in fifth in the triple jump (39-10.75/12.16m) and just missed qualifying for the finals in the 60 hurdles, taking 17th in 9.03. Jasmine Burrell had San Diego State's other top-10 showing, taking seventh in the shot put with a throw of 46-02.00 (14.07m).

Deyna Roberson (57.86) and the Karsen Sper (8.95) each finished 14th in the 400 and 60 hurdles, respectively, while Holly Waseloff logged a 15th-place finish in the pole vault (11-05.75/3.50m).

Wrapping up the day for the Aztecs was the 4x400-meter relay team of Thomas, Reaser, Maderia Toatley and Roberson, which took fourth in 3:50.26, just off an all-time top-10 mark at SDSU (10th is 3:49.63).

San Diego State returns to Albuquerque in two weeks at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 1-2.

Cherry and Silver Invitational
Albuquerque Convention Center - Albuquerque, N.M.
January 19, 2013

No Team Scores

Individual Results

400 Meters (out of 51 entrants)
1. Moya Mckenzie (Grand Canyon) - 55.20
14. Deyna Roberson (SDSU) - 57.86
18. Maderia Toatley (SDSU) - 58.05

800 Meters (out of 28 entrants)
1. Ashley Atkin (Northern Colorado) - 2:17.26
--. LaQuisha Jackson (SDSU) - DNF

60-Meter Hurdles (finals) (out of 16 entrants)
1. Janice Jackson (UTEP) - 8.33
3. Allison Reaser (SDSU) - 8.48
4. Kristen Brown (SDSU) - 8.56 (No. 8 all-time at SDSU)
14. Karsen Sper (SDSU) - 8.95

60-Meter Hurdles (prelims) (out of 52 entrants)
1. Janice Jackson (UTEP) - 8.41q
2. Allison Reaser (SDSU) - 8.58q
6. Kristen Brown (SDSU) - 8.71q
14. Karsen Sper (SDSU) - 8.88q
17. Alex Evans (SDSU) - 9.03
26. Brittany Bozeman (SDSU) - 9.37

4x400-Meter Relay (out of 21 teams)
1. USC `A' (Vanessa Jones, Akawkaw Ndipagbor, Jaide Stepter, Ashley Liverpool) - 3:45.89
4. SDSU `A' (Shanieka Thomas, Allison Reaser, Maderia Toatley, Deyna Roberson) - 3:50.26

Long Jump (out of 56 entrants)
1. Alesha Walker (Unattached) - 6.03m (19-09.50)
4. Shanieka Thomas (SDSU) - 5.85m (19-02.50)
13. Allison Reaser (SDSU) - 5.47m (17-11.50)
20t. Brittany Bozeman (SDSU) - 5.24m (17-02.25)
38. Karsen Sper (SDSU) - 4.89m (16-00.50)

Triple Jump (out of 27 entrants)
1. Shanieka Thomas (SDSU) - 13.47m (44-02.50) (No. 2 all-time at SDSU)
5. Alex Evans (SDSU) - 12.16m (39-10.75)

Pole Vault (out of 30 entrants)
1. Rachel Fisher (Brigham Young) - 4.10m (13-05.25)
4. Kristen Brown (SDSU) - 3.95m (12-11.50) (No. 5 all-time at SDSU)
9t. Karen Snapper (SDSU) - 3.80m (12-05.50) (T-No. 10 all-time at SDSU)
15. Holly Waseloff (SDSU) - 3.50m (11-05.75)
--. Kelsy Hintz (SDSU) - NH

Shot Put (out of 41 entrants)
1. Alyssa Wisdom (Stanford) - 16.49m (54-01.25)
7. Jasmine Burrell (SDSU) - 14.07m (46-02.00)
13. Ellie Fanaika (Unattached - SDSU) - 12.54m (41-01.75)
22. Allison Reaser (SDSU) - 11.32m (37-01.75)
33. Karsen Sper (SDSU) - 9.54m (31-03.75)