Jasmyn Steels did not a chance to defend her national indoor long jump championship because of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, but she repeated as an All-American.
Steels, Northwestern State’s standout senior from College Station, Texas, was named an Indoor All-American by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, earning the third All-American honor of her career in the long jump, her signature event.
With her third All-American honor, Steels becomes the third Lady Demon to reach that number, joining Stephanie Sewell (4) and Trecey Rew (3).
Steels was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, preparing to defend her 2019 NCAA Indoor Long Jump championship before the pandemic canceled the national meet and scuttled the entire 2020 outdoor track and field season.
“It’s a small consolation prize for her, because she was going to try to retain her NCAA title,” head coach Mike Heimerman said. “I think she would have easily been top three. She felt great, and she didn’t have to worry about more than one event. She was ready to go. Now, she’s a three-time All-American and has a chance to add more next year. She’s put herself on the map as one of the greats in the conference and certainly in Northwestern State history. They only name 16 All-Americans in indoors, and just to be an All-American is a huge honor. I know she’s hungry for more.”
Steels repeated as an indoor All-American, tallying the seventh-longest jump in the nation during the indoor season – a 21-2 leap at the Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational on Jan. 31. She was victorious in four of five indoor meets in her specialty and finished third in the invitational long jump at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 15.
Steels captured her first Southland Conference championship, soaring 20-5.75 at the Birmingham Crossplex on March 1, winning by a foot and a half as the Lady Demons finished second as a team.
Steels, who also was a first-team outdoor All-American after finishing as the national runner-up in the long jump, expects to return to Northwestern State for the 2021 outdoor track and field season.
Photo: Jasmyn Steels competes in the long jump at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in March. Credit: Mike Wade/Special to NSU Athletics