EUGENE, Ore. --- Tennessee State women’s track and field All-American Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) capped her decorated collegiate career on Saturday by earning seventh place in the triple jump at the NCAA National Championships at historic Hayward Field. For her performance, Hughes earns U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association First Team All-America honors.
Hughes, who is now a five-time All-American, finished with a distance of 13.32m (43’8.5”) on her first jump to earn seventh place. It is the second time in her career she has earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America accolades (triple jump fourth place at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships).
For her performance in the opening three attempts, Hughes was one of nine jumpers to advance to the finals where she earned three more jumps. She went on to post her second- and third-best jumps in the finals.
Other than her top distance of 13.32m, Hughes had jumps of 12.92m (42’4.75”) on her fourth jump and 12.88m (42’3.25”) on her fifth attempt of the day.
Hughes, who entered Saturday seeded 20th in the field based on her finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, moved up 13 spots to take seventh overall.
For her performance, Hughes earned two points for Tennessee State in the team scoring to help the Tigerbelles tie for 62nd overall with Tennessee, Tulane, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Southern Illinois and Kennesaw State at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. It is the first time TSU has scored points at the championship meet since the Tigerbelles posted nine points at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships to tie for 21st place.
AMBER HUGHES TRIPLE JUMP RESULTS
Attempt 1: 13.32m (43’8.5”)
Attempt 2: 12.37m (40’7”)
Attempt 3: 12.44m (40’9.75”)
Attempt 4: 12.92m (42’4.75”)
Attempt 5: 12.88m (42’3.25”)
Attempt 6: Foul
AMBER HUGHES CAREER NCAA RESULTS
2015 Outdoor 100m Hurdles – 20th place - Honorable Mention All-America
2016 Indoor Triple Jump – 4th place – First Team All-America
2016 Outdoor Triple Jump – 18th place – Honorable Mention All-America
2017 Indoor Triple Jump – 11th place - Second Team All-America
2017 Outdoor Triple Jump – 7th place - First Team All-America