Steels claims 2nd at NACAC track meet in Mexico

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QUERETARO, MEXICO – Jasmyn Steels draped herself in an American flag Friday, standing next to now teammate Aliyah Whisby.

Steels and Whisby figuratively stared each other down just a month ago at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where Northwestern State’s Steels took home silver and Whisby earned First-Team All-American honors in eighth place.

But the pair was all smiles Friday at the North American Central American and Caribbean Championships after Steels placed second and Whisby first.

Steels’ best jump came in at 6.64 meters (21.78 feet), which was close to her NSU program mark of 22-0.25 feet.

Whisby, a sophomore from the University of Georgia won the event in the seven-jumper field with a mark of 6.82 meters (22.38 feet). The U18 and U23 championships featured jumpers from Mexico, Canada and Jamaica along with the American duo.

“It felt great to be able to represent the United States, and I’m glad Aliyah and I got first and second since our job was to score the U.S. some points,” Steels said via text message. “Seeing Aliyah again was great. I didn’t really pay attention to who was all at nationals, but I’m glad we got to compete again.”

Whisby and Steels came in as the top-seeded jumpers with marks of 6.76 and 6.71 meters, respectively.