OREGON, EUGENE ( HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii track stand out Amber Kaufman jumped for gold at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The junior had to fight through cold, wet, windy conditions in Eugene, Oregon, but she out jumped the competition to take home the title.
The UH volleyball and track star jumped 6 feet, 1 1/4 inches to win the 2010 NCAA high jump crown. Kaufman is the only UH athlete competing at this years championships. Kaufman is the first female UH track and field star to win gold since 1985 when Gwynn Loud took first in the long jump.
Kaufman placed second at the Indoor Championships, but taking 1st outside in the elements was a huge accomplishment.
"It's amazing. It's everything I wished for. It's good to put Hawaii on the map. Maybe we'll get a little more recognition across the country as a track and field school and not just a volleyball school.
Kaufman tried to reach greater heights, but she failed on her three attempts at clearing 6 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
Her personal best is 6 feet, 4 inches.