New Orleans, Louisiana - San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Outdoor Women’s West Region Field Athlete of the Year. It is the third regional honor for the senior, who also won the indoor accolade each of the past two seasons (2013-14).
Thomas, a St. Andrew, Jamaica, native, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump for a third straight year and seventh championship meet overall (also 2011-14 indoor) by winning the NCAA West Prelims with a meet-record leap of 44 feet, 9 ¾ inches (13.66 meters). Thomas has won each of the past two NCAA Championships in the event (2014 indoor, 2013 outdoor) after taking second in the previous two (2013 indoor, 2012 outdoor).
One of 10 on the preseason watch list for The Bowerman Trophy (top collegian), Thomas also qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in the long jump and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. Last month, Thomas won the triple jump at the MW Championships (44-09.50 (13.65m)) for a third straight year and for the sixth time overall (also 2012-14 indoor). She also ran a leg of SDSU’s runner-up 4x100 relay.
Thomas is one of five athletes who will be competing for the Aztecs at this weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Also scheduled to join Thomas (triple jump) are Kristen Brown (pole vault), Jasmine Burrell (discus throw), Nicole Oudenaarden (heptathlon) and Allison Reaser (heptathlon).
San Diego State is ranked 16th in the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings.