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Track sends two to Indy

Published: March 13, 2009
Section: Sports

After an entire year spent recovering from knee surgery, Anat Ben Nun ’09 finds herself making her third trip to the NCAA’s at Indianapolis. Ben Nun qualified for the NCAA’s in the triple jump back on

January 17 against Bowdoin with a leap of 11.66 meters (38 feet, 3.25 inches). Ben Nun entered the NCAA qualifier on February ranked fourth in the nation at the triple jump and left with a leap of 11.67 meters (38 feet, 3.5 inches).

“It feels great. If you’d ask me maybe a year ago if I had a chance to make it maybe I would have said no because I really didn’t think I would heal from my injury,Ben Nun said about making Nationals.

“I was really surprised because it happened the first time I competed this year. I didn’t expect to do as well, and I was just happy that all of the hard work of the rehab paid off and excited for another opportunity,” he continued.

Making her first ever trip is classmate and fellow triple jumper Alessandra “Ali” Sax ’09. Sax qualified with her first ever qualifying leap of 11.67 meters (36 feet, 11.5 inches) against Tufts on Feb. 7. Four days later, Sax finished runner up at the NCAA qualifier’s, covering 11.26 meters (36 feet, 11.5 inches), which was good for runner up.

Ben Nun said about having a team mate joining her to Indy, “It’s so nice to have a team mate come with you, and seeing her improve over the years is really incredible.”