San Diego State alum Shanieka Ricketts took first in the triple jump at the Jamaican Senior National Championships Saturday to secure a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ricketts, who also competed at the 2016 Olympics, had a triple jump of 14.46m (47-05.25) in Kingston to edge Kimberly Williams by 0.27 meters.
Ricketts, known as Shanieka Thomas while an Aztec, is currently the No. 2 ranked triple jumper in the world. At SDSU, she was a three-time NCAA triple jump champion and twice was the national runner-up.
Ricketts graduated in 2014. She was inducted into the San Diego State athletics Hall of Fame two years ago.
Ricketts recently took first in an English Diamond League event. The following week she recorded a personal best jump of 14.98 meters in Doha, Qatar.
The triple jump competition at the Tokyo Olympics begins with the qualifying round July 30. The finals are two days later.
San Diego State track and field has sent 14 female athletes to the Summer Olympics. Ricketts is the first and only jumper (high jump, long jump or triple jump).
Another former Aztec, pole vaulter Kristen Brown, also competed Saturday, for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
She tied for 11th in the pole vault finals in Eugene, Ore., clearing 4.35 meters, but missing the cut.