Kaufman has her sights set on a NCAA Championship

Amber Kaufman
Amber Kaufman

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS (KHNL) - It's been a record setting year for Amber Kaufman.

First, she won the wac championships, after breaking the all-time school record in the high jump.

Her leap of 6-feet, 4-inches, is the top outdoor mark in the united states this season.

Then two weeks ago, Kaufman became the first athlete in school history to win an event at the West Regionals.

Now, she hopes to win gold at the NCAA Championships.

"All I've ever wanted was a national championship and it's right there so I just want it so bad", said Kaufman.

"Right now she's got the desire and determination to go there and win, she's not intimidated by the situation, she's looking forward to it", explains UH Track and Field Coach, Carmyn James.

Amber's ability to stay "calm under pressure" might have to do with her being a two sport athlete.

As a middle hitter for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team, Kaufman has been in plenty of big games.

"I think volleyball definitely set me up for the pressure situations playing in front of the crowd at the stan sheriff center that's like nothing I'd ever done before, like the first time I went in, I couldn't feel my tongue like i was freaking out", said Kaufman.

And when it comes to the sport that is more challenging, Amber offers this response.

"Volleyball is kind of the tough one, it's really difficult, you have to work together so there's a lot more components. This comes a little more natural you know jumping is just something I do, I once said, I should count how many times I jump in a day", said Kaufman.

Here's hoping that all that practice, pays off, later this week in Fayetteville.