Jessica, a senior from Andover, Mass., broke her own school record for the indoor track & field high jump with a mark of 1.71 meters at the Jay Carisella Carnival that was held Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.
That mark is also an ECAC Championship-qualifying standard and surpasses her previous school benchmark of 1.70m established at the 2014 America East Championship meet.
Jessica was the only one of 24 competitors in the high jump to clear 1.65m – just five others had advanced to that height. She then cleared 1.71 on her first attempt but faulted on all three attempts at 1.75m.
Jessica – and the rest of the UNH Wildcats – opened the 2014-15 indoor season Dec. 6 in a dual meet at the University of Maine. She also captured first place in the high jump at that meet with a mark of 1.62m.
The senior displayed her talent as a multi-event athlete by placing third in the pentathlon, which was held Dec. 5. Her two highest-scoring events were the high jump (783 points) and 60m hurdles (712 points).
Last year as a junior, Jessica placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.70m at both the indoor and outdoor America East Championship meets. She went on to place third at the New England Indoor Championship and seventh at the outoor New England meet.
As a sophomore in 2012-13, Jessica took fourth place in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor conference championship meets. Her other highlights that year included third place at New Englands. Jessica placed third at the 2012 America East Championship as a freshman.