JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In the closing heat of the discus at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, it looked like a game of "anything you can do I can do better."
In the end, senior Jaleesa Williams of the VCU Women's Track & Field squad punched her second straight ticket to the NCAA Championships with the third best throw in the region.
Williams shattered her old school record in the discus with a throw of 190' 2", which is nearly 15 feet further than her previous mark.
Prior to last season, VCU never had a thrower reach the NCAA Championships. Williams will make her second straight appearance in two weeks.
Her throw was the fourth best throw in the country during the preliminary rounds.
After fouling during her first two attempts, Williams unleashed a huge throw of 184' 2" to lead the pack after three rounds. Alexis Cooks (Akron) and Kellion Knibb (Florida State) came back with throws over 185' to retake the lead.
Williams answered in the fifth round with a throw of 188' 11" to reclaim the lead, but once again Cooks and Knibb answered with huge throws in the sixth and final round. Williams didn't back down and extended her school record to 190' 2" to finish third.
The NCAA Championships are scheduled for June 11-14 in historic Tracktown USA, Eugene, Oregon.