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  • Jumps/Sprints
  • Senior
  • Uniondale, N.Y. (Uniondale)



55m: 7.04 - 2001 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
60m: 7.60 - 2001 SEC Quad, Fayetteville, Ark.
Long Jump: 21-4.75
100m: 11.40
200m: 24.15
400m: 54.06
Long Jump: 21-1.5 -- 2002 SEC Championships, Starkville, Miss.

Transferred from UCLA before the 2001 season.

HONORS: (One-time NCAA champion, Eight-time NCAA All-American, One-time Pac-10 Champion) 2002 NCAA Outdoor All-American-Long Jump; 2002 NCAA Outdoor All-American-4x100m relay; 2000 NCAA Indoor champion- long jump; 2001 NCAA Outdoor All-American - 4x100m Relay; 2001 NCAA Indoor All-American - Long Jump; 1999 NCAA Outdoor All-America- long jump, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay; 1999 Pac-10 Champion- Long Jump

2002 AS A SENIOR: Competed in seven meets (three outdoors, four indoors)... Fourth in the long jump at the NCAA Championships at 20-11.75... Third leg of the fourth place finishing 4x100m relay team... Finished third at the SEC Championships in the long jump with a provisional qualifying mark and a personal best... Ran on both provisionally qualifying relay teams at the SEC Championships... Third in the long jump at the Sun Angel Classic...Won the long jump at the Gatorade Classic and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships...Fourth in the long jump (18-9.25) at the Fast Times Qualifier...Provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with a long jump of 20-0.25 at the SEC Championships...First in the long jump at the Gator Invitational.

2002 Wins (2): (o): Gatorade Classic long jump (20'08); (i): Gator Invitational long jump (18'10.5).

2001 AS A JUNIOR: Best of 20-11.75 (long jump)... Competed in 10 meets (four indoors, six outdoors)... Earned her sixth-career All-America honor with the 4x100m relay team at the NCAA Championships... Continued to battle a sore knee at the SEC Championships, ninth in the long jump... Ran the third leg of the automatic qualifying and Penn Relays winning 4x100m relay team (43.43 with A. Robinson, Shotwell and Benjamin)... Provisional qualifier in the long jump with a mark of 20-9 at the UTEP Invitational... Won the SEC Triangular Long Jump with a mark of 20-7.75... Finished fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump... Second in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Championships (20-7)... Finished third in the long jump and 14th in the 55m at the Gator Invitational... Automatically qualified for the NCAA championships with a school-record long jump of 20-11.75 at the SEC Quad in Arkansas... Fourth in the finals of the 60m at the SEC Quad.

2001 Wins (2): (i) SEC Quad long jump (20-11.75--school record); (o) SEC Triangular long jump (20-7.75).

2000 AS A SOPHOMORE: Won the indoor long jump championship... Entered the 2000 Pac-10 championships as the defending champion before hyperextending her knee... Did no t record a mark at the Pac-10 championships... On that sore knee, finished 20th in the long jump at the NCAA outdoor meet... Ranked as high as the sixth collegiate jumper with a wind-aided mark of 21-6.25.

1999 AS A FRESHMAN: Earned All-America honors three times at the NCAA outdoor championships... Placed seventh (20-11 3/4, tying personal-best, No. 5 in UCLA-school history, No. 16 in the U. S.) in the long jump and ran the anchor on UCLA's 4x100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in UCLA history) and the third leg on the Bruin 4x400m relay that was also third (3:29.41, school record)... Won the long jump (20-11I) at the Pac-10 championship meet and ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4x100m relay that placed second (3:34.28)... Season-bests in the sprints of 24.29 (200m) and 54.09 (400m).

PREP: In 1998 as a senior, led the U. S. prep list in the long jump (20-10i, No. 15 on U.S. list and No. 11 all-time on U.S. prep chart)... At the World Junior Meet in Annecy, France, she won a gold medal, running the second leg (teammate at UCLA Shakedia Jones ran the anchor) on the winning U. S. 4x100m relay (43.52, American Junior record), and placing 10th (20-3H) in the long jump... Placed second (20-7Gw) in the long jump at the US Junior nationals... Won the NY State 200m title (24.15w) and captured her third consecutive long jump crown... Finished second at the National Scholastic Championships in the 100m (11.81)... Her best sprint marks as a senior prep star were 11.74 (No. 12 on the U. S. prep list), personal-best 24.15 (No. 20 on the U. S. prep list)... Track and Field News rated her No. 3 in the nation in the long jump in 1996, No. 2 in 1997 and No. 1 in '98... In 1998, she finished eighth in the T &FN Women's High School Athlete of the Year balloting... As a junior in '97, her top marks were a personal-best 11.40 (No. 14 all-time U.S. prep list), 24.2w and 20-9 (No. 2 on U. S. prep list), with a windy 21-6I... Was third at Junior Nationals in the 100m (11.50) and second in the long jump (20-9)... Won the Scholastic Outdoors 100m (11.70) and long jump (19-11)... Won the Scholastic Indoors long jump (18-11H) and was second in the 60m (7.34)... In 1996 as a sophomore, had wind-aided performances of 11.4, 23.5 and 21-3H (legal 20-2G, No. 2 on U. S. prep list) and indoor marks of 24.06 (No. 3 on U. S. prep list) and 19-6I (No. 5 on U. S. prep list).

PERSONAL: Aspires to be an elementary teacher... Lists Jackie Joyner Kersee and Gail Devers as the people she admires most... Enjoys dancing and feels that she is outgoing... Has an older brother Ean Soley and younger brothers Randy Akaeze and Iyha Soley... Daughter of Norman Soley and Delores Akaeze... Born Sept. 8, 1979.

MAJOR: Therapeutic Recreation.

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