Native athletes in the news: Janee’ Kassanavoid (Comanche Tribe) and more
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Jakobe Ford (Blackfeet/Assiniboine)
Everett College freshman Jakobe Ford set a Northwest Athletic Conference Championship meet (May 11-12 in Oregon) record in the triple jump with a winning jump of 50 feet, 11 and ¼ inches. Before that event, he won the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 4 and ½ inches, with the nearest competitor over a foot behind.
He also won the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 4 inches. With that, he became the first person in NWAC history to win all three jumping events in the same meet.
Janee’ Kassanavoid (Comanche Tribe)
Kansas State University senior Janee’ Kassanavoid secured the Big 12 Outdoor women’s hammer throw title on May 11 in Waco, Texas, by throwing a school record 68.21m/223-09.50, besting her mark of 67.38m/221-00 from earlier in the season.
She also broke the Baylor University facility record of 63.21m/207-04. Kassanavoid’s hammer performance earned the senior her second-consecutive Big 12 title.
Alexis Woods (MHA Nation)
North Dakota State University senior Alexis Woods also secured her second-consecutive Summit League Outdoor championships during the May 10-12 meet in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Woods defended her conference title in the 400m dash with a time of 54.86, leading a Bison sweep of the top three places. She also ran 24.02 for third place in the 200m dash and was the anchor on the 4×400 team that won first place with a time of 3:42.74.
It was the 11th straight Summit League outdoor 4x400m title for the Bison women.
‘There’s nobody like Sherry Rupert’ – after 30 years with Nevada, Sherry Rupert (Washoe/Paiute) to be new AIANTA leader
Rupert’s contributions to the state of Nevada were celebrated May 8 at a surprise going-away party hosted by local officials, friends and representatives from many of Nevada’s tribes. Gov. Steve Sisolak also made an appearance.