(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – University of Hawai'i track and field sophomore high jumper Lily Lowe finished 18th on Saturday during the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the final championship event at University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field.
 
Making her NCAA Nationals debut, Lowe (Murray, Ky.) reached 5-8 (1.73m) while battling with not only the nation's best high jump field, but also ongoing rain and temperatures in the 60s. On her final jump of the next height at 5-10 (1.78m), Lowe's heel clipped the bar and knocked her out of contention.
 
"A great year of jumping for Lily," first-year head coach Tim Boyce said. "I couldn't be more proud of her. Great attempts at 5-10 on a challenging conditions today. The best is yet to come for her. There was big progress for her this season and we're excited to see what the future holds for her."
 
UT Arlington junior Alexus Henry won the event after reaching 5-11.5 (1.82m) on a day that not only saw pouring rain, but a weather delay before the title was finally decided.
 
Lowe earned the Big West Championship and also won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor title this season. She maxed out at 6-0.5 (1.84m) on the year and ties Samantha Balentine (2013) for second among the UH all-time performers, behind former national champion Amber Kaufman (2009).