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Jumpin' at the Tennessee Invite

By Winners OnlyPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 3 min read
Esther, Brianna, Mahogany, Prommyse, Paola, Anaya & Micah

The Tennesee Invite takes place this weekend in Knoxville. The past two seasons we've covered the Tennessee Relays, but this year the meet has been replaced by the Tennessee Invite. Here's a look at some of the best jumpers that will be in action over the weekend.

Two-time Mid-American Conference triple jump champ Brianna Richard of Bowling Green will compete in the triple jump competition. After winning her most recent championship with a career best mark of 12.72 meters at the indoor conference meet, Richard recorded a second-place finish to open her outdoor season. The senior from Cincinnati, Ohio placed second at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in her hometown. Richard will also compete in the long jump during the weekend.

Middle Tennessee State's Esther Isa is a four-time All-American, twice in triple jump, once in long jump and high jump. As a triple jumper Esther has won four Conference USA championships over her career which started during the 2020 season. This weekend, Isa will compete in the high jump and long jump competitions. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Isa has been very successful in previous seasons at the Tennessee Relays. She won both the high jump and triple jump in 2021. Last year she was second in the high jump. This weekend Isa will attempt to make-up for a rough start during the outdoor season. She fouled in her only attempt in the long jump at the Tiger Track Classic at Auburn, three weeks ago.

Indiana's Paola Fernandez-Sola is also an All-American. Last season she placed third in the long jump at the Big Ten outdoor championships. She followed that up this year with a silver medal winning finish at the indoor conference meet. Fernandez-Sola, a jumper from San Juan, Puerto Rico started her outdoor season with a top six finish at the Florida Relays. Fernandez-Sola will attempt to follow-up last year's runner-up finish in the long jump at the Tennessee Relays with a victory in that event this weekend.

Detroit's Micah Carey will have a busy weekend as a sprinter in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. She will also participate in the long jump competition. She earned her first conference medal last season when she won the silver in the long jump at the Horizon League outdoor championships. Carey, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, earned a third-place medal in the long jump at this year's indoor meet, where she lept a career best 5.87. Like Richard, she started her outdoor season as well at the Oliver Nikoloff with a fourth place showing.

Like Isa and Fernandez-Sola, Tennesee's Prommyse Hoosier and Cincinnati's Anaya Dees also have history competing in the Tennessee Relays over the years. Hoosier missed last year's meet but in 2021, her first outdoor season, she was second in the long jump at 6.14. Dees placed fifth in that event and third in the triple jump at 12.20. Dees also missed the 2022 Tennessee Relays.

Fernandez-Sola's Indiana teammate Mahogany Jenkins will serve double duty in the high jump and triple jump. This 2022 honorable mention All-American persevered very cold and uncomfortable weather conditions at last season's Tennessee Relays to take the runner-up spot in the triple jump and a top four finish in the high jump.

To follow all of the action at this weekend's Tennessee Invite visit the link below:

To see our recap of the 2021 Tennessee Relays click the link below:

To see our recap of the 2022 Tennessee Relays click the link below:


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