Jackson was simply one of the greatest track and field performers from Racine County. She enjoyed an exceptional career at Horlick High School and was a dominating force in both the triple jump and long jump. In fact, as a senior at Horlick in 1988, Jackson won WIAA Division 1 championships in the triple jump and long jump. She had also won the triple jump at state in her sophomore year with the Rebels. Jackson took her exceptional talents to another level after enrolling at Louisiana State University. There, she won multiple conference titles in the triple jump and long jump. She also earned medals at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 1991 and 1993. In 1991, she was fourth in the triple jump; in 1993, she placed fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. In 1991 she placed second in the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. Jackson later competed for the United States in the World Championships in Germany and University Games in Buffalo, N.Y.