Hooker earns second South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year honor
METAIRIE, La. -- Sophomore high jumper Destinee Hooker was selected as the South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), announced on Tuesday, March 6, by the national coaches organization.
Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) leads the nation in the high jump after automatically qualifying and clearing the bar at 6-5 (1.96m) at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 10. The two-time Big 12 high jump champion has won three of the four meets she participated in this season, including the Tyson Invitational (2/10), Big 12 Championship (2/24) and Leonard Hilton Memorial (1/19). She competed in the prestigious 100th Millrose Games on Friday, Feb. 2, where she finished third in a field of professionals.
In 2006, Hooker earned the top field honor after setting a new United States Junior Indoor Record at the conference championship. She went on to finish in third-place at the indoor national meet and win her first collegiate title at the NCAA Outdoor Championship.This marks the third overall regional honor for Hooker who is also a standout Texas volleyball player. In her first season on the court, she was named an American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-America and to the AVCA All-Central Region first-team.