Wyatt PRs and automatically qualifies for nationals in triple jump

Wyatt now holds the third-longest jump in the nation, stadium record.


PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Apr. 14, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo jumper extraordinaire Danita Wyatt (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) uncorked the best triple jump of her life Saturday, breaking her own school record and automatically qualifying for nationals at the CSU-Pueblo Invitational.

Wyatt won the triple jump by jumping 41 feet-3/4 inches, besting her previous personal best by 4-1/2 inches.  The mark gave Wyatt her first ever automatic qual into nationals in the triple jump.  During the indoor season, Wyatt turned in an automatic qual in the long jump, the only other time she has automatically qualified for nationals during her collegiate career.

Just for good measure, Wyatt also recorded a win in the long jump, jumping 18 feet-1/2 inches, narrowly missing out on a provisional qualifier for nationals by nearly six inches. 

She headlined a day that saw a number of ThunderWolves turn in strong performances in their final home meet of the season, which included two record-breakers.

True freshman Krystel Martinez (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) threatened for the discus title Saturday, tossing the disc 132 feet, 5-1/4 inches and breaking a school record, finishing third in the event and missing out on first by just over 12 feet.  It marked her highest collegiate finish in her young career.

Holli Salazar (Jr., Hayden, Colo.) also broke a school record in the hammer, breaking her own mark with a 149-foot, 5-1/4 inch toss.  She finished fourth.

Almost joining the circle of record breakers was Vanessa Emerson (Sr., Denver, Colo.), just missing out on setting a school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.18, just 0.5 seconds shy of the record mark.

Just two more weeks of competition remain for the ThunderWolves before the RMAC Championships, which take place May 6-8 at Western State College.