Parrish Jumps NCAA No. 5 Mark in Long Jump at Friends


WICHITA – Wichita State freshman Josh Parrish recorded the fifth-best mark in the NCAA, jumping 7.94m/26’0.5″ to win the long at the Friends Spring Open on Friday evening.
 
The freshman from Olathe, Kan. only recorded one fair mark in six jumps, but one was enough to claim the American Athletic Conference lead, the fifth-farthest mark in the nation this season, the third-best mark in Shocker history and the Friends Spring Open long win. The puts him in position to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries.
 
Chidera Okoro gave the Shockers the long jump sweep, winning the ’s competition with an outdoor personal-best jump of 5.93m/19’5.5″.
 
The Shocker won the 4×800-meter as Jenna Muma, Lea Jerkovic, Audrey Parson and Farrah Miller broke the Wichita State record in the event with a time of 9:02.62.
 
Cesar Ramirez picked up another event win for the Shockers, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:40.05. Freshman Landen O’Neill finished third in his steeplechase debut, 9:50.01.
 
In the pole vault, Arantxa Cortez was the top collegiate finisher, placing second behind Wichita State pole vault coach, Aliyah Welter. Cortez cleared an outdoor personal best of 3.75m/12’3.75″, and Welter jumped 4.30m/14’1.25″.
 
The Shockers return to Adair Austin Stadium Saturday for the final day of the Friends Spring Open, and three high jumps will compete at the Spring Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.



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