May 29, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Je'Nia Sears was the top Fresno State performer on Day One at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship West Preliminaries at the University of Arkansas' John McDonnell Field.
The junior from Fresno who won the Mountain West championship two weeks ago, jumped 20 feet, 5.75 inches (6.24 meters) to finish in a tie for sixth in the women's long jump and secured her spot in the NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon in June. Sears nailed her mark on the third jump in flight four.
The top 12 jumpers advanced to the National Championships.
In the men's long jump, Mountain West champion Devin Harrison finished 15th with a leap of 24'-5.75" (7.46m). He finished fifth in the third flight and missed out on the top 12 by less than three inches. He had won the conference title two weeks ago with a distance of a personal-record of 7.73 meters.
In the 400-meter hurdles, sisters Kyra Johnson and Dezirae Johnson finished 31st and 36th, respectively, in an event ran with a steady rain falling. Kyra ran a 59.94 second race to finish sixth in the fourth heat. Dezirae finished in 1:00.69 to finish seventh in heat two. Kyra's time was just .52 seconds off of the final qualifying time.
In the women's shot put, senior Meagan McKee finished 35th with a toss of 48'-4.50" (14.74m). She threw in the first flight of the evening and was the fourth-best thrower in the opening flight. McKee will return to competition on Saturday morning when she competes in the hammer throw.
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