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June 21, 2007

Indianapolis – Virginia’s Tomika Ferguson hit a school record in her final series as a collegiate athlete at the USA Track and Field Championships today in Indianapolis, leaping 43′ 0.5″ (13.12m). She previously hit 43-feet earlier this year, but that mark was wind-aided, meaning that this mark, which had a legal wind reading (less than 2 m/s), will stand as the new school record.

“Tomika has had an outstanding career at UVa and I can’t think of a more appropriate way for her to end it than with another school record,” said Virginia head coach Randy Bungard. “I have enjoyed coaching her for four years at Virginia.”

Ferguson, a 2007 All-American who holds both the indoor and outdoor school records in the triple jump, finished 13th overall at the national championships today.

Teammate Alex Bowman, running in the US Junior Championships, ran a 1:53.55 in the first round of the 800m run.

Virginia athletes will compete tomorrow (June 22) as Stephanie Garcia will run in the steeplechase and Meghan Briggs will compete in the javelin in the Junior Championships, while All-American and school record holder Erin Crawford will compete in the first round of the 400 intermediate hurdles.

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