Jackson breaks school record, Triple jumpers shine on Saturday

Roshae Jackson (Joe Sides Photo) & Sabina Allen (David Duncan Photo)
Roshae Jackson (Joe Sides Photo) & Sabina Allen (David Duncan Photo)

AMES, IOWA – Campbell's indoor track squad was represented in one event on day two of the ISU Classic at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Campbell sophomore Roshae Jackson ran the women's 800m, breaking the Campbell indoor record to cap off a historic meet for the Fighting Camels, where CU broke three program records in two days.

Jackson had already set Campbell's outdoor record in the women's 800m last season, and added her name to the record books for the indoor 800m with a mark of 2:11.68. The school record had held since 2003 when Heather Lee ran a 2:12.19. Her time currently ranks third in the Big South this season.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Camels wrapped up day two of the Don Kirby Invitational as Lorne Jenkins and Sabina Allen represented CU in the men's and women's triple jump. Jenkins set a new personal record, while Allen posted the top mark in the Big South this season.

Jenkins jumped a 15.41m, beating his previous best indoor triple jump by .35 meters. That mark currently ranks second in the conference and is the 46th-best mark in the country this season.

Allen set the top mark in the conference this season with a mark of 12.67m. It was her best indoor triple jump since recording a 13.06m at the 2016 Big South Indoor Championships, where Allen took first overall.

Head coach Michael Kelly was extremely impressed with his group of runners and jumpers, providing several words of praise following both meets.

"We had a great weekend between the jumps and distance groups," Kelly said. "Lorne, Davian, Shenelle and Sabina all had breakthrough performances for this indoor season, which was just what we needed heading into conference in two weeks.  

"The distance crew at ISU continued to impress me with Roshae taking down the third indoor record of the weekend. Despite four huge indoor PR's and a national qualifier [Amon Terer], not one of them seemed satisfied just yet. 

"Terer's first words after running 13:42 were 'I want to break 13:30.' Joan [Maritim] learned she broke the school record and said 'That doesn't count, I can run faster.' Amon Kemboi - after running the fastest 5k for a freshman in the NCAA and setting a PR - was immediately disappointed that he didn't have a better kick. Roshae took a second off the school record and ran an indoor PR, but was disappointed she didn't break 2:10. Probably took her two hours before she smiled about having the record.

"Our team is made up of some very self-motivated, competitive athletes. As a coach, they really make you enjoy your job."

Up next, the Camels are scheduled compete at the UCS Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Big South Indoor Track Championships will take place the following weekend, slated for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.