Brian Foley
Track & Field/Cross Country

Breigan earns First Team All-America honors at NCAA Indoors

BOSTON – UTSA track & field freshman Ida Breigan produced a personal and program first in her national-stage long jump debut at Friday’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the first women's true freshman Roadrunner to earn indoor First Team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish at the championship meet.

Competing in her first NCAA Championships and performing in only her fourth collegiate long jump competition, the UTSA rookie from Fredrikstad, Norway, went 6.38m (20-11.25) on her first jump to secure sixth place and only the second UTSA First Team All-American honor in the indoor women’s long jump event – the last registered by UTSA Hall-of-Famer Tameka Roberts in 1996 with a 6.21m, sixth-place jump.

She becomes the Roadrunners’ 16th All-American and the fourth long jumper to earn a spot on an All-America team. UTSA has collected a total of 30 All-America certificates on the women's side, including 10 at an NCAA Indoor Championships. Six of those honors have come since 2019.

Breigan adds to recent rookie jumper success under 16th-season director of track & field and cross country Aaron Fox, leading the effort that also aided Jemuel Miller finish sixth in the men’s indoor triple jump at the NCAA meet in 2022.

“Super proud of Ida,” Fox said. "She’s had an incredible indoor season and becomes the first female true freshman to finish in the top eight at indoor NCAAs and earn First Team All-American in the history of UTSA. We’re going to use this indoor season as a platform to build off of for the outdoor season.”

Capping off a phenomenal indoor debut season, Breigan now turns her focus toward the outdoor campaign. She wraps indoor as the UTSA, American Athletic Conference, AAC Championships and Norwegian Indoor National records-holder. On top of the All-America laurels, Breigan was named AAC Women’s Freshman of the Year and received AAC Championships Outstanding Field Performance honors. She was also recognized twice as the AAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

The UTSA outdoor track & field season kicks off at Park West with a two-day home competition, March 15-16, with the UTSA Invitational. Following an eight-meet outdoor regular season, the Roadrunners will also host the American Athletic Conference Championships at Park West, May 10-12.



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