LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Junior Jerica Kotarak of the MSOE women's track & field team placed 12th in the long jump on the opening day of the 2018 NCAA Championships Thursday afternoon at UW-La Crosse.
Kotarak was seeded seventh coming into the competition with a qualifying jump of 19-0 during the seasons. She leaped 18-3 3/4 in her first attempt. She was very consistent on the day, coming back with 18-4 1/2 on her second try. That held up for her final distance as her third jump was 18-4 1/4. She finished 12th in the 22-athlete field and was 4 1/2 inches away from qualifying for finals.
Kotarak has one more event at the meet coming up, as she will jump in the triple jump Saturday morning at 11 a.m.