EMU - Jacobson To Compete at USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

EMU - Jacobson To Compete at USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Tatijana Jacobson (Woodville, Ohio-Woodmore), one-of-three captains of the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team, will test her talents against the best track and field athletes in the nation when she travels to Des Moines, Iowa for the United States of America Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 19-23. She will compete in the high jump Saturday, June 22, at 2:45 p.m. at Drake Stadium.

"We are excited to see Tatijana finish her career at Eastern competing against the top athletes in the nation," commented EMU Head Women's Track and Field Coach Sue Parks. "It will be a great experience for her, and hopefully we will continue to have more athletes compete in meets like this in the future."

In her final season at EMU, Jacobson had a stellar senior campaign. During the indoor season, the Woodville, Ohio native tallied four victories, including a victory at the season-opening Eagle Holiday Meet, Dec. 7, where she leapt a personal-best 6-feet 0-inches (1.83 meters). That mark currently stands as the second-best jump in program history. Jacobson also finished second at three meets, earning Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honors for her runner-up finish at the MAC Indoor Championships, Feb. 22-23. The league also recognized Jacobson for her talent in the classroom, naming her Academic All-MAC.

She also found herself on the All-MAC Second Team following another second-place showing at the MAC Outdoor Championships, May 9-11, leaping 5-feet 8.75-inches (1.75 meters). Jacobson added a pair of outdoor wins with back-to-back victories at the Sea Ray Relays and the EMU Twilight. With a winning jump of 5-feet 9.25-inches (1.76 meters) at the EMU Twilight, April 19-20, Jacobson's mark qualified her for the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C., May 23-25.

EMU Assistant Women's Track and Field Coach Jerel Langley, Jacobson's position coach, also made note of her hard work paying off by being accepted to compete in the championship meet. "Tati worked extremely hard this past summer and during the year to reach the level she is at now," mentioned Coach Langley. "A nagging injury didn't leave her with the outdoor season she wanted, but she gets to say she is one of the best in the country by competing this weekend. She will represent EMU one last time on the biggest stage this country has to offer, and we could not be more proud."

The prestigious outdoor championships, hosted by Greater Des Moines and Drake University, serves as a qualifying event for athletes trying to earn spots on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships August 10 - August 18 in Moscow, Russia.