Shanieka Ricketts said her only intent on Saturday was to defend her national title in the women’s triple jump. Coming off her third-place finish at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Ricketts returned to Jamaica not expecting to be anywhere close to her season-best 14.76m, now the third best in the world this year.

Even though she did not jump as far as she had planned at the Big 12 Indoor Regionals in Lubbock, Texas, Kansas State University’s Shardia Lawrence is going into the NCAA Indoor Nationals this week full of confidence.

Shardia Lawrence, the Kansas State University senior, earned her first-career Big 12 Athlete of the Week honour, the league office announced on Wednesday.

In the wake of her second-place finish in the Women’s Triple Jump at the Razorback Invitational on Saturday, Jamaica’s Shardia Lawrence says she is aiming for the 14-metre mark this season.

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