Todd jumps to opportunity at UCCS (Track)

May 5, 2011

Jessica Todd

Call it love at first sight, because that’s how Anchorage’s Jessica Todd felt about the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at first glance.

“It just clicked,” she told me.

Todd, of Dimond High fame, made her commitment official recently after signing her letter of intent to attend the school and participate in track and field.

“I’ve been running track since like fifth grade,” she said.

In her Lynx career, Todd has earned a impressive 17 varsity letters in track, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics, cross-country running and flag football.

But track and field is her focus.

Her favorite event is the long jump, learning the basics when her family lived in Ireland and evolving into a two-time state champion in Alaska.

She’s proving to be a force in the 300-meter hurdles as well.

Todd got interested in the event after trying it for the first time during the pentathlon, earning the state’s No. 1 time on her very first try.

“My coaches were really excited about that,” she said.

You had to be excited, too?

“Oh yeah,” she said with a laugh. “It’s a fun event.”

Todd visited other colleges in Oregon, Colorado and Utah before a trip to Colorado Springs. But none of them stood up.

“I liked the campus the best,” Todd said. “I really enjoyed meeting the coaches, and I got to meet some of the team.”

She wants to be a physical therapist when she grows up.

“Having gone through some injures and doing rehabilitation, it seems like a cool job and I can relate to it,” Todd said.