Fayetteville, AR (SMU) – Sophomore high jump sensation Gaelle Niare represented Southern Methodist University with poise and confidence today by finishing second at her first ever NCAA Indoor Championship.
The French native battled with 2004 Olympian Chaunte Howard until the final jump. The two took all three attempts at 1.95m (6’4-3/4”), which is the qualifying standard for the World Outdoor Championships. However, because both jumpers cleared the previous height of 1.92m (6’3-1/2”), Niare became the NCAA Indoor runner-up only because of misses made earlier in the competition. Georgia Tech’s Howard captured the 2005 indoor high jump title.
In the long tradition of great high jumpers at SMU, Niare’s leap of 1.92m (6’3-1/2”) is the second-best jump ever recorded by a lady Mustang.
“I’m really proud of how Gaelle competed today. The technical aspects we’ve been working on aren’t quite automatic yet. By outdoors she is going to be a completely different jumper. Considering that she was second today, that is really impressive,” said coach John Rembao.
The Mustangs begin their outdoor season on March 23 at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fl.