High Jump Winner

Alabama senior Miruna Mataoanu rewrote the history books at the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional in Columbia, Missouri Friday afternoon.

In the first event of the meet, the women's high jump, Mataoanu defeated Auburn's Raeven Harris to win the NCAA Mideast Regional high jump for the second consecutive year.

With her height of 6-02.75 she broke her on NCAA Mideast regional record, the University of Alabama School record, the University of Missouri's Audrey J. Walton Stadium record and her own personal record.

"I am extremely happy and excited to win the high jump at the NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year," Mataoanu said. "I set a goal for myself to win the meet again this year but to set a new school record and personal record is just as exciting."

Her height of 6-02.75 is the third best mark in the country headed into this weekends four NCAA regionals.

Mataoanu and Harris from Auburn were the last two competitors to reach the mark of 6-00.5 feet. When the bar was raised to the height of 6-01.50 feet Mataoanu missed her first jump and Harris cleared the bar. On her second attempt Mataoanu easily cleared the bar.

The height was then moved up to 6-02.75 where both Mataoanu and Harris missed their first two jumps. On the third and final attempt at the height Mataoanu cleared the bar and Harris watched the bar fall to the ground, giving Mataoanu the NCAA Mideast Regional championship.

With her first place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional she earned an automatic spot at the NCAA national championships two weeks from today in Sacramento, California

"This is a good performance for me to head into the NCAA national championships, I had no doubt I could make it to nationals again this year. Hopefully I can go even higher when I get to Sacramento," Mataoanu added.

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