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March 3, 2007

Virginia student-athlete Tomika Ferguson, who earned All-American honors in the triple jump in the 2006 NCAA Championships, smashed the school record with a leap of 13.53m (44′ 4.75″), passing her old indoor mark by 8.25″ and the outdoor mark by more than a foot. Ferguson won the competition at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet and her mark is the second-farthest leap by a collegian this year.

Ferguson will compete in the NCAA Championships next weekend at the Randal Tyson Center at the University of Arkansas. The triple jump competition is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Ferguson hit the jump on her fourth try in the competition. “She had a great approach and a great jump,” said Virginia head coach Randy Bungard. “She needed a strong jump to secure a spot, and she showed how strong a competitor she is today.”

Billie-Jo Grant put together one of her best series in the shotput and won the competition with a 15.42m (50′ 7.25″). The school record holder will find out on Monday if she has qualified for the NCAA Championships. Reuben Jones qualified for the finals of the 55m dash with his 6.40, the fastest time for Virginia in 2007.

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