Henry honored by TTFCA as Women’s Collegiate Field Athlete of the Year

Published 10:06 am Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas –  The awards keep coming in for former Bridge City standout Alexus Henry, who recently won the NCAA Outdoors National Championship as a junior at the University Texas-Arlington.

UTA’s John Sauerhage and Henry earned lofty awards from the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association (TTFCA), the organization announced Monday. Sauerhage was named the Women’s Collegiate Coach of the Year, while Henry claimed Women’s Collegiate Field Athlete of the Year accolades.

Sauerhage helped guide the women’s program to a historic year in 2018. His squad boasted the first national women’s individual champion in school history when Henry won the NCAA high jump title. In addition, the Mavericks finished the outdoor season ranked 27th nationally, the second highest finish among any Texas school and the best placement in the Sun Belt.

The women featured six Sun Belt Conference individual champions between the indoor and outdoor seasons. The women also set five new school records during the winter and spring seasons.

Henry claimed the high jump crown at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in early June after topping a height of 5-11 ½ in a driving rain. She is one of just two Division I athletes from a school in Texas to win an outdoor individual title this year. Henry also became the ninth first-team outdoor All-American in school annals.

Between the indoor and outdoor seasons, the junior set four school records in 2018 (indoor high jump, indoor pentathlon, outdoor high jump, outdoor heptathlon). She currently owns more school records (4) than any male or female athlete in program history. In addition, her season-best jump of 6-1 ½ is a Sun Belt Conference record.

In addition, Henry was the 2018 SBC outdoor high jump champion and netted second-team All-America honors in the high jump during the indoor season. She placed 10th in the event at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Last month, the native of Bridge City, Texas, was also named the UTA Female Athlete of the Year.

Henry was the Orange Leader Female Athlete of the Year in both 2014 and 2015.