Henderson Shines for Wyoming Indoor Track Team
Ja’la Henderson was the star for the University of Wyoming indoor track team at last weekend’s Potts Indoor Invitational in Boulder, CO.
The junior won two jumping events Friday and Saturday. Henderson leapt 19 feet, 2.5 inches for victory in the long jump. Her margin of victory was over a foot. Not to be out-done, Henderson came back and competed in the triple jump for the first time in her UW career Saturday. She set the school record on her sixth and final attempt with a mark of 41 feet, 1.5 inches. It broke the old mark from 2016 of 40 feet, 2.25 inches.
Wyoming head coach Bryan Berryhill said in a UW release,
“Ja’la is a very talented athlete who’s in a really good spot right now. She’s focused and doing all the right things.”
There were two more event winners Saturday.
Freshman William Nolan helped UW sweep the triple jump, as he won with a distance of 47 feet, 6.25 inches and narrowly captured victory by an inch. Nolan added a third place finish in the long jump on Friday in Boulder.
Senior Kerry White took first place in the women’s mile in a time of 4:57.42. That was just ahead of teammate Lauren Hamilton at 4:57.77.
For the Cowgirls, Makayla Pzinski placed second in the 60 meters with a time of 7.72 seconds. Emelda Malm-Annan took third in the women’s weight throw.
For the Cowboys, Ricky Faure finished second in the men’s mile, while Jace Marx was third in the 200 meters.
Some members of the team may compete at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Invite in Albuquerque, NM Jan. 19 and 20. The full team returns to competition Jan. 27 with the Powder River Dual against Montana State in Gillette.