Feb. 28, 2012
NEW YORK – At the USA Indoor Championships on February 25 and 26, former Yellow Jacket Chaunte (Howard) Lowe set an American record in the high jump with a 2.02m (6-7.5) en route to her Visa Championship Series title.
Also competing at the meet was Alphonso Jordan who brought home a sixth place performance in the triple jump with a distance of 16.39m (53-9.25).
With her victory, Lowe edged out Amber Campbell and Jen Suhr in the standings to claim the Indoor VCS title. Lowe recorded 1,221 points during the four meet indoor season while Campbell had 1,218 and Suhr had 1,217.
Lowe also competed in the long jump at the meet and like Jordan, finished with a sixth place leap of 6.39m (20-11.75).
From the USA Track and Field Website:
The largest roar from the crowd Sunday came in the women’s high jump. On her final attempt at the height after two narrow misses, Lowe established a new American record of 2.02m/6-7.5. It is the second best jump in the world this year. Lowe then made three attempts at 2.04m/6-8.25, which would have been the seventh best jump in history.
“The record means a lot to me, but it means the most to come back on the world scene and say I’m still valid, after having a child that’s hard to do. I knew [the record] was really possible today, and I was just forcing myself not to make mistakes. It was definitely my best indoor competition ever.”
Both Lowe and Jordan are coached by Georgia Tech assistant track and field coach, Nat Page.