STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – After an incredible performance in the long jump at the Vanderbilt Invitational, Mississippi State track and field’s Asia Poe has been named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Freshman of the Week.
The Madison, Mississippi, native leaped a personal-best 6.30m (20-8.0) to win the long jump at Vanderbilt on Jan. 18, a mark that was third-best nationally that week. With her selection, Poe becomes the program’s first SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week, indoor and outdoor combined.
“I’m incredibly excited for Asia,” interim head coach Chris Woods said. “This is a great honor for her to receive so early in her career, and it is a testament to the hard work that she and Coach Steve Thomas have put in during her training.”
Poe currently ranks sixth nationally in the long jump and is the nation’s top-ranked freshman in the event, which puts her in position to qualify for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships in March. She also currently ranks second in the SEC in the event.
Her performance also cemented her name in the MSU record books, passing three-time All-American Tiffany Flynn for fifth all-time.
“It’s great that she’s already sixth in the nation, but she isn’t settling for sixth and has to continue to set her sights on improving what she’s already done,” Woods said. “Her performance this past weekend shows that she has a lot of potential moving forward, and I can’t wait to see how she progresses the rest of the season.”
This weekend, Poe and the rest of the Bulldogs will trek to Fayetteville, Arkansas, the site of the 2019 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, for the Razorback Invitational. The meet runs Jan. 25-26, with a portion of both days’ action to be televised live on SEC Network and SEC Network+.