March 13, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Nevada track and field senior La Tijera Avery to the All-America Second Team in the high jump, the organization announced Monday.
Avery has had a very successful 2012 indoor campaign, including three first place finishes in earlier meets this season. The senior followed up a first place finish at the WAC Indoor Championships with a record breaking performance at the University of Washington Final Qualifier. Avery cleared a school record mark of 1.83m in Seattle to qualify for a spot in the NCAA Championships. The mark also tied Avery for seventh best in the country. Avery picked up second-team All-America status tying for 16th place in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this month with a mark of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m)
“I am happy that the association recognized the great year La Tijera has had with this honor,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “She has worked hard and will continue to do so in preparation for her last outdoor season with us next year.”
Avery will red-shirt the current outdoor season and will resume competing in the next outdoor season for Nevada as the team enters their new conference.
“I am looking forward to watching La Tijera in her final season next year. The sky is the limit for her and she will look to make an immediate impact in the new conference.”
Avery is the second Nevada track and field women’s athlete to receive All-America honors. Kali Baker was the first to do so in 2006.