March 12, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University freshman Holly Parent finished in a three-way tie for 12th place in the women's high jump Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Parent, from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, cleared 5-feet, 10 inches (1.78m) on her third attempt and did not clear the next height of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) after three attempts. She cleared the opening height of 5-7 (1.70m) which was the highest opening bar for Parent this season, and cleared the second height of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m), both on her first attempts. Parent's lifetime-best indoor high jump is 5-11 1/2 (1.82m), which is sixth-best in WSU's all-time records and was the 13th-best high jump in Div. I coming into the NCAA meet.
Arizona senior Elizabeth Patterson won the high jump event after clearing a height of 6-4 (1.93m).
"Overall, I'm disappointed with my performance today," Parent said after the competition. "I feel I am capable of much better jumping than I did today. I am pleased I was able to clear the first two bars clean and I feel that I jumped well. My performance was average for me this season. I guess when I look at my competition from a results standpoint, I would like to have cleared 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) but I finished better than I was ranked. That's all I can ask for."
Cougar jumps coach Matt McGee said, "Overall Holly had a pretty good meet. She didn't jump as high as we would have liked but did do well handling the pressure of her first NCAA trip. We definitely have things to learn from this trip and we will continue to improve how well we work together as athlete and coach. High height will be in her future."
Cougar senior and three-time All-American, Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.), will compete in the men's high jump Saturday at 2:45 p.m. (PT). ESPN360.com is providing internet live video streaming of the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.