EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Jaleesa Williams ended her historic career with VCU Track & Field with yet another first in program history.
Williams became the first thrower in school history to earn a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships with a ninth-place showing on Thursday. Her throw of 174' was just one inch from earning a spot on the final podium.
Prior to last year, VCU had never had a thrower earn All-American accolades, Williams finished her career with two consecutive Second-Team All-American honors.
"There are 2 positions in the field events that hurt the most, being 10th the first person to miss finals and 9th the finalist that misses a scoring spot. Making the discus final at the NCAA meet is a huge accomplishment. I can't say enough about how great of a senior year and a career this has been for Jaleesa," Throws Coach Ethan Tussing said. "However, our insides are all ripped out a little right now to get here and end up so close in our final opportunity."
Along with her two All-American honors and six conference titles, Williams finishes her career as the school record holder in every throwing event in both the indoors and outdoors.