Feb. 6, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Leah Eber has been named the women's Field Athlete of the Week for the second time in three weeks after leaping an NCAA best and school record 6.47m (21-02.75) in the long jump over the weekend, the Big Ten announced Monday afternoon.
It took Eber just two jumps to break her previous school record of 6.27m (20-07.00) on Friday at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The jump surpassed all kinds of marks beyond the Purdue school record, though. Eber's distance beat the previous NCAA season leader, Arantxa King of Stanford, who jumped a distance of 6.42m (21-0.75). Eber also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships as the distance to leap is 6.45m.
The Boilermaker senior also set the Meyo Invitational record. Tameisha King had set the previous best in 2004 with a leap of 6.40m (21-00.00). Eber also tied the Loftus Sports Center mark, where the event was held, matching the distance that Tabia Charles set a year ago.
Eber has now won all four long jump events she has competed in this season. She started this season with a long jump win at the Purdue/Indiana Dual with a mark of 5.94m. Eber 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 and the Boilermakers will be back in action this weekend as the teams split up to travel to three different meets. Parts of the team will compete in Michigan, Indiana, and Arkansas.