Position
Sprints
Height
5'4
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Milan, Ill.
Major
Theatre
High School
Rock Island HS

Events: 60M (7.68), 100M (12.09w/12.13), 200M (25.45)

CAREER CAPSULE
Competed with the Lady Tigers for four years from 2013-16 … Ended her career with personal bests of 7.68 seconds in the 60 meters, 12.13 in the 100 meters and 25.45 in the 200 meters … Twice selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2015 and 2016 … Graduated in May 2016 with a degree in theatre with a concentration in film and television.

2016
Lined up in eight meets in her senior season at LSU … Competed in the 60-meter dash during the indoor season and 100-meter dash during the outdoor season … Clocked a seasonal best of 7.76 in the 60-meter prelims at the LSU High Performance Meet en route to an eighth-place finish in the final with a time of 7.82 … Ran 7.78 in the prelims at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic and 7.79 in the prelims at the Bayou Bengal Invitational … Opened the indoor season with an 11th-place finish in the 60 meters at the Purple Tiger Invitational with a time of 7.81 … Ended the indoor season by clocking 7.80 for 18th place at the LSU Twilight … Spinted to the finish line in 12.33 (+1.5) for 17th place in the B section of the 100 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold and 12.30 (+2.7) for 24th place in the event at the LSU Invitational during the outdoor season … Earned her second-straight selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season for her outstanding academic performance.

2015
Raced to a personal-best time of 7.68 seconds in an 18th-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the New Mexico Classic … Clocked 7.80 for 11th place at the LSU Twilight and 7.84 for ninth place at the LSU High Performance Meet while running the 60 meters … Opened the season by running the 60 meters at the LSU Indoor Invitational (8.15) … Ran a career-best wind-aided time of 12.09 (+3.6) in the 100-meter dash at the LSU Alumni Gold during the outdoor season … Placed fourth in the B-section final at the LSU Alumni Gold meet … Opened the outdoor season by running 12.19 (-3.0) for seventh place in the 100 meters at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette … Posted wind-legal times of 12.24 for ninth place in the 100 meters and 25.67 for 20th place in the 200 meters at the LSU Invitational in the team’s regular-season finale during the outdoor season … Honored for her academic performance with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.

2014
Saw action in three meets during her sophomore season in 2014 … Opened her outdoor season by sprinting to a wind-legal personal record of 25.45 (+1.1) in the 200 meters for 20th place in the event at the Battle on the Bayou … Also ran a wind-aided time of 12.20 (+2.4) for 16th place in the 100 meters at the Battle on the Bayou … Clocked a wind-legal seasonal best of 12.16 (+1.4) for fifth place in the B section of the 100-meter dash at the LSU Alumni Gold … Placed 17th in the B section of the 200 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold with a career-best wind-aided time of 25.22 … Ran 7.83 in the preliminary round and 7.93 in the final to take seventh place in the B section of the 60-meter dash … Recipient of Jesse Owens Athletic Award in 2014 for having the highest cumulative grade-point average among all minority student-athletes at LSU … The Jesse Owens Athletic Award is presented annually as part of the Black Scholars Award Program.

2013
Competed in four meets for the Lady Tigers as a true freshman in 2013 … Won the B section of the 100-meter dash at the LSU Alumni Gold with a wind-legal PR of 12.13 (+0.1) … Also ran a wind-legal best of 25.93 (+1.4) in the 200 meters for 22nd place in the B section at the LSU Alumni Gold … Ran 12.19 for fourth place in the 100 meters at the Battle on the Bayou and 12.26 for 12th place at the LSU Relays in the 100 meters … Clocked 26.37 (-1.0) for 15th place in the 200 meters at the Battle on the Bayou … Ran a PR of 7.75 in her only 60-meter race of the indoor season for fifth place at the LSU Invitational.

PRIOR TO LSU
A standout sprinter during her prep career at Rock Island High School … Helped guide her team to an Illinois state championship during the 2009 season … A three-time all-conference selection in 2009, 2011 and 2012 … Was also an all-metro performer in high school … Member of the school-record-setting 4×100 relay at Rock Island High School with a time of 47.48 … Also competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×200-meter relay during her prep career.

PERSONAL
Full name is Jalea Elise Ruth Jackson … Born on March 22, 1994 … Mother is Kim Armstrong … Winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman award at her high school … Named a Charles O. Austin Junior Scholar … Honored with a Community Hero Award in her hometown … Majoring in theatre with a focus on film and television.

 

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