RECAP: Prather completes @UTT_TF career at NCAA Championships

Thursday, May 24, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

LACROSSE, Wisconsin – UT Tyler senior Kaylee Prather finished 16th overall at the NCAA Division III Championships with a mark of 5.47 meters on her second attempt that was followed by a foul to end her attempts on Thursday at Roger Herring Stadium.

Prather began the completion with a jump of 5.43 meters before her top mark of 5.47. Needing improvement on the third to advance to the finals, she would foul on a jump that would have sent her to the next round of three jumps. With the foul, she did not advance though and would finish 16th at the national meet.

An Elysian Fields native, Prather finishes her athletic career as one of the best athletes in UT Tyler history after an all-America softball career and then shattering the long jump record as an athlete on the track & field team.

Amelia Glueck won the 2018 NCAA DIII Long Jump National Championship with a top distance of 6.05 meters for Illinois Wesleyan, while Camille Wutz (SUNY Geneseo) was second at 5.87 meters and Dakota Buhler (George Fox) third at 5.85 meters.

UT Tyler will be represented on Friday by Matthew Godwin and Zach Richardson at the national meet. Godwin will compete in the javelin at 11 a.m. while Richardson will run in the 400-meter prelims at 4 p.m. with the top runner for three heats and the next six best advancing to the finals on Saturday.