By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer
In addition to improving her personal best in the 200-meter dash, Hudson set a new school record in the triple jump. She jumped 12.45m (40-10. 1/4), breaking the record held by APSU Hall of Famer Ayesha Maycock.
When asked how it felt to break a school record, Hudson said, “It feels good, but it feels weird at the same time because I never broke any kind of record for anything.”
According to APSU Sports Information, head coach Doug Molnar said Hudson’s jump was the result of a lot of hard work.
“Cenitra had a huge day. I knew her jump was going to be close,” Molnar said. “She’s put a lot of work in and I’m glad to see her effort pay off. A school record is always a big deal.”
Hudson said before the season started, the coach made her write a goal sheet and breaking the record was on the list. To do so, she focused on improving the second phase of her jumps, which she said was always short and kept her from clearing 35 feet before.
Hudson was not aware she had cleared 40 feet until a coach told her afterward.
“Actually, I was surprised because I thought I fouled at first. My second phase was very short,” Hudson said. “Then, the lady was like, ‘you jumped very far.’ I said ‘I think I fouled’ and she said ‘no, you jumped the 40.’ Then, I said ‘quit playing,’ and that is when the coach said yeah I jumped the 40. I was so happy. I didn’t know what to do. The rest of the jumps, I scratched all of them except for the first one.”
The jump earned Hudson third place in the event. She also earned a top-10 finish in the 200m.
Hudson was also named the Adidas Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Both Molnar and Hudson agree the jump has changed her expectations for the rest of the season.
“That was a huge jump and big mark for her. It sets her up and gives her an idea of what her capabilities are this year,” Molnar said.
“I feel a little pressure,” Hudson said. “A lot of people expect me to hit 40 and up and not go down. There is a little pressure to not go in the 30s.” Next, Hudson will compete at the ETSU Niswonger Invite in Johnson City, Tenn. TAS
•Cenitra Hudson is a sophomore majoring in Health and Human Performance
•She is 1-of-13 children.
•Hudson is from Memphis, Tenn. She attended White Station High School
•Her personal bests in the 2010 Indoor season were 10.21m in the triple jump and 5.26m in the long jump.