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Jada Branch
Jada Branch finished 12th in the women's triple jump with a leap of 13.09m (42' 11.5") at the NCAA East Prelims.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App’s Branch Earns Sun Belt Weekly Honors

App State senior Jada Branch was named Sun Belt Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.

Branch posted a leap of 13.35m (43′ 9.75″ +2.5 wind) to clinch first in the women’s triple jump at the App State Open on April 28. Branch also set the Randy Marion Track & Field facility record for the women’s triple jump with her second leap (3.10m (42′ 11.75″)). The Stafford, Va. native also took third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.96m (19′ 6.75″).

In the women’s triple jump category, Branch ranks second in the Sun Belt, third in the Southeast Region, eighth on the East Prelim qualifying list, and 15th in the NCAA overall. She also ranks 11th in the Sun Belt and 14th in the Southeast Region in the women’s long jump category.

Branch also collected SBC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week accolades during the indoor season on Jan. 18.

The Mountaineers will head to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships on May 11-13. The meet will be available to stream on ESPN+.