TAMPA, Fla. – Senior high jumper Claudine Andre capped one of the most successful careers in program history with a tie for 13th place at the 2018 NCAA East Regional Preliminary Rounds, held at the University of South Florida's Track and Field Stadium on Thursday afternoon. Andre battled brilliantly in a field of the top 48 declared high jumpers east of the Mississippi River.
Andre cleared the first three heights of 5’ 5” (1.65m), 5’ 7” (1.70m), and 5’ 8 3/4” (1.75m), the latter matching her outdoor PR in the event, all on her first attempts.
She then tackled the 5’ 10 3/4” (1.80m) height but did not clear.
With 11 of 12 tickets punched to Oregon after the preliminary round of 5’ 10 3/4”, the five high jumpers who cleared the first three marks all on their first attempts competed in a jump-off, but Andre’s fourth and final jump at that height would come up just short.
Andre, Saint Joseph's Class of 1950 Award winner as the University's top graduating athlete from a female team, competed in the high jump 48 times over the course of her collegiate career, 23 times indoor and 25 times outdoor. She won 12 titles during that time, including a trio of championship titles this year at the Atlantic 10 indoor and outdoor meets and the ECAC indoor meet, and has taken the runner-up spot 12 times, including a second-place finish at this year's ECAC outdoor meet and five silver-medal A-10 performances in six opportunities over her freshman, sophomore, and junior campaigns.
Those numbers don't lie: half of Andre's collegiate finishes in the high jump have been good for either first or second place.
In all, she has been a top-ten finisher 45 times, finishing outside of the top ten just three times, with two of those coming at the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Rounds (13th in 2018, 27th in 2016).
Andre turned in a mark of 5' 7" (1.70m) or better 28 times over her career, going over that ECAC standard nine times, including a school-record indoor mark of 5' 9 1/4" this winter and a collegiate-best outdoor mark of 5' 8 3/4" twice this spring.