Aug. 3, 2012
LONDON - Louisiana Tech alumna Ayanna Alexander competed in her first Olympic competition Friday, finishing 14th in the opening round of the women's triple jump competition.
Alexander jumped 46-2.75 (14.09m) to finish 14th overall. The top 12 spots advance and she was less than three inches from the 12th place finisher (Slovakia's Marija Sestak).
A 2005 graduate of Louisiana Tech, Alexander's best mark in college was 43-9.75 (13.35m). She still holds the top four marks and six of the top 10 triple jump marks in Louisiana Tech history.
Her career best mark in the triple jump is 46-5.25 (14.15m) set in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago on May 19, 2012.
Alexander is one of three current or former Louisiana Tech student-athletes competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Jason Morgan (Jamaica) is the next to compete with the men's discus qualifying round scheduled for 4 a.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 6. Six-time All-American Chelsea Hayes (United States) opens the women's long jump on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 1:05 p.m. CT.
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