Phillips Strengthens NCAA Chances in Long Jump

Phillips Strengthens NCAA Chances in Long Jump

Freshman Finishes as Runner-Up in 100-Meter Hurdles

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — Goucher's Destiny Phillips (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) strengthened her chances of qualifying to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Track & Field Championships later this month in Claremont, Calif., with her performance in the long jump at today's Tuppeny Twilight Last Chance Meet.

The freshman posted a distance of 18-feet 11 3/4-inches on the second of her three attempts in the opening round. She went into the finals in second place, but dropped to third place overall. Both of the jumpers who finished ahead of her were unattached competitors who attend a Division I institution.

Still, at 18' 11.75", which is a new outdoor school record for the long jump, Phillips is ranked 12th in the nation among Division III athletes and the top 22 will advance to compete at the national meet. The filed will be set by Saturday.

In addition, Phillips entered the 100-meter hurdles today and finished as the runner-up with her time of 14.78 seconds. First place went to Victoria Goodenough from Ursinus, who recorded a time of :14.49.