Affessi Named USTFCCCA Women

March 26, 2020

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WT's Affessi Named Women's Field Athlete of the Year for the Third Time

NEW ORLEANS, La. West Texas A&M’s Fatim Affessi was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season for a third time.

Affessi becomes the first NCAA DII student-athlete to win the award three times as the senior from Geneva, Switzerland was ranked first in the nation in the long and triple jump before NCAA DII Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m very proud of Fatim, she continues to represent herself and our program in a fantastic manner,” assistant coach Ryan Gibson said. “Despite not having the opportunity to compete at the National Championships, she had a great indoor season and cemented herself as one of the top jumpers in NCAA DII history.”

In the long jump, she won her third straight conference title at the Lone Star Conference Championships by close to two feet with her mark of 20-7.75 (6.29m). Earlier in the season, she recorded the sixth-best mark in NCAA DII history at the Corky Classic with a jump of 20-10.75 (6.37m). It was the longest mark in the event since 2015.

She was equally as dominant in the triple jump as she won her third straight conference title en route to leading the Lady Buffs to their seventh straight team title and being named the LSC’s Female Filed Athlete of the Year. She had her best mark of the season at the LSC Championships with a jump of 42-5.5 (12.94m).

She finished her indoor career as the conference and school record holder in the long and triple jump while owning seven of the Top 10 marks all-time in those events.