GENEVA, Ohio – It was time for one last trip down the runway for Jerica Kotarak (Wind Lake, Wis. / Muskego), the MSOE women's track and field senior standout, as she wrapped up her career today at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. She faced tough competition again, but still finished in the top 15 to cap off an incredible four years.
Triple Jump – 14th out of 22
HOW IT HAPPENED
Unlike on Thursday when she started in the first group during the long jump, Kotarak was able to see how the first half of the competition preformed before she took her three attempts in the qualifying round. Kotarak's starting jump saw her travel a distance of 11.61 meters. Unfortunately, her second try saw a dip in performance, coming up a tenth of a meter shorter with a mark of 11.51. Her journey to the national stage came down to her last jump in the regular season, and once again found herself in the same scenario on Saturday afternoon. Needing to get into the top nine for a chance at All-American status, her last jump of 11.76 meters fell short, but was still good enough for a 14th place finish. Head coach Allie Nicosia said, "This week was the most consistently close to her personal bests that she has probably ever been. It wasn't the result that we were all hoping for, but she definitely gave her best today."
Kotarak also finished the meet with a 16th place finish in the long jump on Thursday, adding even more flair to her historic list of accomplishments. Kotarak will go down as one of the best student-athletes in the history of MSOE Athletics. She was an All-American back in 2016 (Indoor Triple Jump), was a 14-time NCAA qualifier, won numerous conference championships and athlete of the meet awards in the NACC, and holds at least eight school records and four NACC high marks.