Henderson earns fifth career All-American honor at NCAA track & field championships

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AUSTIN, Tex. (RELEASE)- Ja'la Henderson tied the Cowgirl track & field school record with her fifth-career All-America honor, after she placed 10th in the triple jump with a best leap of 43 feet, 3.75 inches. She earned Second-Team All-America accolades for the second season in a row in that event.

"What a way to top off an incredible career! Ja'la Competed so well today," said UW associate head coach Quincy Howe. "She was ranked 13th, I believe, coming in, and she finished 10th, which is her highest finish ever. She has rewritten the record books here, and she will walk away with triple jump records that will be tall orders to approach."

After her first two jumps, Henderson sat in 12th place with a best mark of 43-0.5, with the top-nine jumps after three rounds advancing to the finals. Her final jump was the 43-3.75, and it moved her in to 10th place, just missing the cut for the final nine.

Henderson finished 15th in the triple jump last season, as she showed improvement from season to season and from jump to jump at this meet.

On Thursday, Henderson was a part of the 4x100m relay team that earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with a 23rd-place finish.

Henderson ties Shauna Smith and Robin Lyons for the most career All-America honors for a Cowgirl track & field athlete with five. She earned outdoor long jump and triple jump All-America accolades last season, and earned indoor triple jump All-America honors this season before her triple jump and 4x100m relay honors this season.

Henderson, Smith and Lyons are also the only Cowgirls to earn multiple All-America Honors in multiple seasons, counting both indoor and outdoor national championships. She is the first Cowgirl to earn multiple All-American honors at the same meet twice in her career.

Her triple jump accomplishments are even more impressive considering she earned All-America honors in the only two seasons she competed in the event. She started competing in the triple jump during January of 2018.

Henderson ends her Cowgirl career as the school record holder in both the indoor triple jump (43-9.75) and the outdoor triple jump (44-3.5). Additionally, she is the Cowgirl all-time leader in the indoor long jump (20-7). She is also a part of the second-fastest 4x100m relay team (44.66) in school history, set earlier this season.