Events: Long Jump (IN: 20-8; OUT: 20-5 ¾), Triple Jump (IN: 41-3 ¾; OUT: 40-11 ½)
An NCAA finalist in the long jump in her first indoor season with the Lady Tigers in 2014 … Finished in ninth place nationally while jumping a series-best of 20 feet, 1 ¾ inches at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico … Was also an NCAA semifinalist in the long jump during the outdoor season when she jumped a wind-aided 20-2 ¼ (+2.1) for 13th place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Jumped an outdoor personal best of 20-5 ¾ (+1.0) in an eighth-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds to advance to the national semifinals during the outdoor season … Earned a sixth-place finish in the long jump final at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a wind-aided jump of 20-3 ¼ (+4.1) … Competed in the triple jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships, jumping an outdoor personal best of 40-11 ½ (+1.7) for 12th place overall … Was the anchor leg for the Lady Tigers in the 4x100-meter relay late in the outdoor season … Anchored the team to a berth in the national final after clocking 43.95 for seventh place in the semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Also anchored the team to a qualifying time of 43.94 for third place at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Debuted as LSU’s anchor leg in the sprint relay at the Penn Relays, taking fifth place with a time of 44.41 … Opened the outdoor season by jumping wind-legal marks of 20-3 (+2.0) for fifth place in the long jump at the Texas Relays and 40-6 ¾ (+1.9) for second place in the triple jump at the Battle on the Bayou … Jumped a wind-legal 40-9 ½ (+0.0) in a third-place finish in the triple jump at Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational … Also competed in the triple jump outdoors at the Penn Relays (39-7 ¾) and LSU Invitational (39-10 ½) … Competed in the long jump outdoors at the Battle on the Bayou (19-4 ¼w), LSU Alumni Gold (19-8 ¼), Penn Relays (19-5 ¼) and LSU Invitational (19-8 ¼) … Scored four points with a fifth-place finish in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Championships, jumping a series-best of 20-3 ½ in her first conference meet … Also competed in the triple jump at the SEC Indoor meet, finishing in 15th place overall with a jump of 40-4 ¼ … Jumped a lifetime personal best of 41-3 ¾ for a third-place finish in the triple jump at the New Mexico Team Invitational … Also posted a mark of 41-1 ½ in a fourth-place finish in the college section at the Tyson Invitational … Won the long jump title at the Tyson Invitational with a lifetime best of 20-8 … Won three other long jump titles during the indoor season at the Texas A&M Triangular (20-3), Aggie Invitational (20-1 ¾) and LSU Twilight (19-9 ¾) … Finished a runner-up in her collegiate debut in the long jump at the Auburn Indoor Invitational with a season-opening mark of 20-2 ¼ … Followed the collegiate season by competing in the long jump at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Jumped a series-best wind-aided mark of 20-5 (+3.3) for a fifth-place finish in the long jump final at the USA Junior Championships.
PRIOR TO LSU
An elite jumps prospect as a three-time national champion triple jumper during her prep career … Followed an injury-plagued senior season at Wentzville (Mo.) Holt High School by being crowned the young women’s triple jump champion at the 2013 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships held near her hometown in St. Louis, Missouri … Jumped an outdoor seasonal best of 40-4 (+0.8) in the final to claim the triple jump gold medal at the 2013 USA Youth Outdoor Championships … Seasonal best of 40-4 was the No. 14-ranked prep performance nationally by a member of the Class of 2013 during the 2013 outdoor season … Also placed fifth in the 100-meter final at the 2013 USA Youth Outdoor Championships … Scored the bronze medal in the young women’s long jump at the 2013 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina, in her final meet before joining the Lady Tigers … Also placed eighth in the triple jump field at the USATF Junior Olympics during the summer of 2013 … Jumped a wind-legal personal record of 40-9 ¾ (+0.6) to win the triple jump gold medal in the young women’s division at the 2012 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships held in Baltimore, Maryland … Wrapped up her junior season in 2012 ranked among the nation’s Top 10 triple jumpers at the prep level as her PR of 40-9 ¾ ranked No. 10 among all high school classifications and No. 5 among members of the Class of 2013 … Also one of the nation’s leading triple jumpers during the 2013 indoor season after setting an indoor PR of 40-4 in her victory at the Big River Running Indoor High School Series Championship held at the University of Missouri in Columbia … Was the nation’s No. 7-ranked indoor performer in the triple jump among all high school classifications and the No. 6-ranked performer in the Class of 2013 as a senior … Won her first career national championship by taking the triple jump title in the intermediate girl’s division at the 2011 USATF Junior Olympic National Championships held in Wichita, Kansas, while jumping 39-11 ¼ in the event final … Also competed in the long jump at the USATF Junior Olympics in the 2011 and 2012 seasons … Set a career-best wind-aided long jump mark of 19-9 ½ in a seventh-place finish for Team Missouri at the 2012 Great Southwest Classic held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque … Also finished runner-up in the triple jump at the Great Southwest Classic after jumping 39-10 into a strong headwind of -2.4 meters per second … Had an eighth-place finish in the long jump at the 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships while jumping a wind-legal PR of 19-4 ¾ (-0.5) in the event held at the University of Indiana in Bloomington … A four-time Class 4A state champion in the state of Missouri during her prep career at Holt High School … Swept Class 4A long jump (18-11 ½) and triple jump (39-11 ¼) titles as a sophomore in 2011 before defending her state crown in the triple jump as a junior in 2012 with a jump of 39-0 ¾ and as a senior in 2013 with a jump of 39-1 ½ … Overcame an injury-plagued senior season outdoors to win her third-straight Class 4A state championship in the triple jump with a wind-legal seasonal best of 39-1 ½ (+1.8) … Won a pair of Class 4A silver medals with runner-up finishes in the triple jump in 2010 and long jump in 2012 at the state meet … A seven-time District 4-4A champion and four-time Section 2-4A champion in the state of Missouri during her prep career … Jumped an impressive 40-1 to win the District 4-4A triple jump crown as a junior in 2012 … Posted a 2011 seasonal-best jump of 40-2 ¼ in winning the triple jump title at the Warrenton Invitational to highlight her sophomore season … Also a standout sprinter at the prep level while setting personal bests of 11.93 in the 100 meters and 25.10 in the 200 meters … Ran both PRs in a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Section 2-4A Championships as a junior in 2012.
Full name is Nataliyah Donyelle Friar … Born on April 3, 1995 … Mother is Danita Evans … Has a young brother named Terryll Collins … Mother played college basketball at Lindenwood University … An honor roll student at Wentzville Holt High School with a 3.54 grade-point average during her prep career … Majoring in psychology.