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Priscilla Frederick, the St. John’s University high jump record holder, competed in her last meet as a member of the Red Storm with an 11th place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We are very proud of Priscilla as she competed against one of the best NCAA high jump fields in history,” said head Coach Jim Hurt. “She cleared the first two heights easily but was a bit close on the takeoff at 1.83 meters and knocked the bar off drifting in. She has had an outstanding athletic career at St. John’s and is an even more outstanding person.”
Frederick needed only two total attempts to clear both the 1.75 and 1.79 meter marks to tie her for first heading into the 1.83 meter stage. She was one of 16 competitors to advance past the 1.79 meter height. Frederick was unable to clear the 1.83 meter mark in her three attempts and, after clearing the previous two heights without any faults, tied for 11th in the field of 24.
Frederick was a three-time all-American during her career with the Red Storm. The Slickerville, N.J., native earned two indoor and one outdoor all-American honors during her four years.
Frederick owns the St. John’s indoor track and field high jump record with a jump of 1.82 meters at last year’s NCAA Championships and the outdoor record with a 1.84 meter effort at the 2010 ECAC Championships. She won the high jump at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships and the 2010 ECAC Outdoor Championships. Frederick also has the second fastest 60 meter hurdle time, indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon performances in school history to round out her accomplishments.
She earned four indoor All-Big East, four indoor All-East, seven outdoor All-Big East and four outdoor All-East selections as a member of the Red Storm. Her three all-American honors are the most for any student-athlete in school history.
“I would like to thank my coaches — Coach Hurt, Coach Yvonne Harrison, Coach Mike, trainer Jennifer Hamilton and my mom for getting me to this point and supporting me along the way,” said Frederick.
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