Allen headed back to NCAA West Regional in long jump

May 26, 2015

Alisha Allen track and field

Alisha Allen

There is another wonderful women’s long jumper from Fairbanks who won a conference title with a college from Colorado.

First there was former Colorado State All-American Janay DeLoach Soukup.

Now there’s Alisha Allen.

Allen is a junior track star at the University of Northern Colorado, where she holds the school record in the long jump after posting a mark of 20 feet, 5.25 inches in a second-place finish at the Big Sky Championships last week.

She won the Big Sky indoor title earlier this year.

Allen, of Lathrop High fame, qualified for the NCAA West Regional with that jump, which is the 13th best mark out of 48 women.

This is the second straight year the Alaskan has qualified for West Regionals.

Allen broke the school record in the long jump by three inches, and she did it during the heptathlon competition and on the same day she anchored Northern Colorado’s 4×400-meter relay.

“This girl is just full of heart and we ask a lot from her, and I couldn’t be more proud of how she’s performed,” her coach Amanda Schick told the schools’ website.