FROM STAFF REPORTS
SAN ANGELO — Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate and Angelo State University junior Jordan Gray qualified for the NCAA Division II national indoor track-and-field meet.
Gray set a Lone Star Conference indoor meet record with a mark of 19 feet 8 inches in the long jump. That’s an automatic qualifying mark.
In addition, she will compete in the pentathlon at the national meet for the second year in a row after finishing first in three of the five events. Gray, who is ranked fourth nationally in the event, scored 3,815 points at this year’s Lone Star Conference meet. Last season, she finished as the NCAA Division II runner-up with 3,790 points.
Gray was named the meet’s Outstanding Female Field Athlete with votes from the league’s coaches after scoring 33 points. To be eligible, athletes must score at least 14 points or win an event at the meet.
Besides competing in the pentathlon and long jump, Gray was second in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.06 seconds, sixth in the high jump with a flop of 1.57 meters and helped the 4×400-meter relay team finish second in 3:48.19.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Gray to the all-region team for the indoor season.
The former Lady Flame competes in the long jump at the national meet at 2 p.m. March 14 in Winston-Salem, N.C.