Feb. 3, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Senior Leah Eber had won the long jump in each of the three meets she competed in this season heading into the Meyo Invitational this weekend. She did not disappoint on Friday. Eber extended her streak to four in a row with a jump that shattered her previous school record of 6.27m and leads the nation by leaping 6.47m.
The senior did not take long to set her career mark on the first day of the meet. The women's long jump was the first event held on Friday and it took Eber all of two jumps to soar 21'2.75", nearly a foot farther than her previous best. Tori Bowie of Southern Miss tried to make the competition interesting with a long jump of her own in her fifth attempt, but her attempt came up a full .10m short with a distance of 6.37m.
Sophomore Nikki Nunn also had a terrific performance as she came in third place with a jump of 6.10m. Her previous best was 6.03m set last year.
Eber's mark ranks as the longest in the nation this year. She beat the previous long mark set by Arantxa King of Stanford who jumped a distance of 6.42m (21-0.75). Nunn's mark puts her in a four-way tie for the 20th best distance this year. Karynn Dunn of Stanford, Precious Nwokey of Texas Tech and Uju Ofoche of Columbia have all leapt the same distance as Nunn this year.
Eber started this season with a long jump win at the Purdue/Indiana Dual with a mark of 5.94m. She followed that performance up at the Gene Edmonds Cup with a winning leap of 6.25m. The mark was good for her then-second best mark and a Gene Edmonds Cup record. That mark also earned her the co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week. Last week at the Indiana Relays, Eber won her third long jump event of the year with a distance of 6.21m.
Eber's mark of 6.47m earns her an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships as the distance to leap is 6.45m.