July 30, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama freshman high jumper Krystle Schade will close out her rookie campaign while representing Team USA at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Schade will compete in the high jump final on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CST at Hasley Crawford National Stadium.
"It was great to have a freshman qualify for the U.S. junior team," assistant coach Scott Roberts said. "I think it shows where the program is headed. We've got some very good young student-athletes in the program and I think Krystle will do a great job representing the U.S. and the University of Alabama. She cleared 6-0 this year and made it the NCAA Championships as a true freshman which is not very easy to do. I think she can do very well down in Trinidad and hopefully bring back a top three finish."
Schade advanced to the Pan American Junior Championships by finishing second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-10 ½ at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Maya Pressley of City of Lauderhill won the national championship with a jump of 5-11 1/2. Pressley and Schade outlasted the field of 10 to make the USA team.
In addition to making the USA squad in 2009, Schade earned All-Mideast Region honors by placing fourth at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships after a jump-off with a clearance of 5-9 1/4 and also finished 11th at the NCAA Championships clearing a height of 5-10 3/4.