Demydova Wins Triple Jump National Title at NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championship

Ganna Demydova sets new NCAA Championship record

Ganna Demydova sets new NCAA Championship record

June 9, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Southern Miss' Ganna Demydova turned in a gold medal performance in the triple jump competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a school-and-meet record mark of 14.20m (46-7.25) at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Demydova captures the Golden Eagles' third national title in track and field in the last two years. For her performance, she garnered her second-straight USTCCCA first team All-America honor.

Demydova vaulted out to the top spot in her first attempt with a jump of 14.20m (46-7.25) for a new NCAA meet record. She did not improve her mark on her second attempt of 14.12m (46-5) but still remained in the lead. Demydova had the top mark heading into the finals before Kansas' Andrea Geubelle recorded a mark in what appeared to be a new collegiate mark of 14.32m (46'11.75) in her fourth attempt. However, Southern Miss head coach Kevin Stephen protested the jump and a post-competition video review involving three independent judges decided that Geubelle was over the line and that Demydova was the national champion.

"I am so proud of our student-athletes," Stephen said. "Our women finished in the nation validating last year's performance. I am overjoyed at Ganna's championship in the triple jump. Not only did she win but she also set a new NCAA championship record. I am proud of Tori Bowie and her second place in the long jump. She gave everything she had on the day and that's all I ever ask. My staff and I have tried to build this program the right way and the results are showing. This is a proud day for every member of the Golden Eagle family."

The Southern Miss women's team finished in a tie for 12th in the team standings at the championship.

Demydova finishes her career with two All-America distinctions, a national title, a NCAA, conference and school record (triple jump) and two Conference USA titles.

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