Anthony Rotich and assistant coach Lacena Golding Clarke earn Mountain Region Honors.
Anthony Rotich, Mark Jackson and assistant coach Lacena Golding Clarke earn Mountain Region Honors.
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Lacena Golding Clarke enters her third year as an assistant coach at UTEP having joined the staff on July 19, 2012.
In charge of the Miners' multi-events, jumps and hurdle events, Clarke has coached six All-Americans, 11 regional qualifiers, 19 C-USA individual crowns and four school records.
Last season, Clarke helped guide the UTEP men's team to the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor title and led Janice Jackson, Mark Jackson and Nickevea Wilson to their first Indoor All-American honors.
On the field, Mark Jackson was the runner-up in the men's triple jump at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championship, as he recorded a stellar personal-best leap of 16.38m (53-9). The senior is one of four Miners in program history to finish in the top-two in the NCAA Indoor Championship in the men's triple jump (Bob Beamon '68, Arnold Grimes '75, '76, '77 and Norbert Elliott '85). His performance in the event ranks him fifth all-time in school history.
Janice Jackson placed fifth in the 60m hurdles to join former Miner Kim Turner as the only UTEP women to claim All-American recognition in the 60m hurdles. Wilson earned placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.90m (42-4).
In the outdoor season, Clarke led six Miners to the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Championship and four to the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship, including multi-event athlete Jallycia Pearson who earned a bid to the national meet with her gold-medal performance in the heptathlon at the 2014 C-USA Outdoor Championships. The El Pasoan set a new meet record of 5,576 points breaking the previous record of 5,571 set in 2007 by SMU's Gaelle Niare.
In 2013, Clarke guided Janice Jackson and Mark Jackson to All-Americans and Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year honors. She also helped guide the UTEP men's team to the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor title.
Clarke came to UTEP from the University of Texas at Austin, where she served as an assistant track and field coach for women's jumps and hurdles for five years.
At Texas, Clarke helped train a three-time NCAA qualifier, two-time Big 12 Champion and record holder in the long jump and triple jump. During her time with the Longhorns, she became an academic mentor and guided students through their college transition.
Clarke served as a volunteer coach for seven years at Auburn University. She assisted the head coach in hurdles and multi events as she helped guide the women's team to its first NCAA title in 2006. Clarke mentored three SEC champions during her time with the Tigers.
Clarke graduated in 1999 from Auburn University with a bachelor's of arts degree in political science and government. As a Tiger, Clarke became a six time All-American claiming silver in the long jump at the 1998 NCAA Championships. She was a four-time SEC Champion and holds the school record in the women's 55m hurdles. In 1998, she became a South Eastern Conference Women's Commissioner's Trophy winner.
Clarke competed for Jamaica at the Olympics in 1996, 2000 and 2004, participating in the long jump and 100m hurdles. In 2004 Olympics, she finished fifth overall in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.73; her personal best is 12.65.
Clarke was a professional athlete for 10 years and participated in six consecutive World Championships. She was the Commonwealth Games Champion in 2002; she posted a bronze medal finish at the 2004 World Athletics Final in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.69.
Clarke, her husband and their son Nathaniel reside in El Paso.