June 9, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- For the first time since 2009, the Fresno State track and field program is sending multiple athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Je'Nia Sears and Meagan McKee each qualified out of the NCAA Championship West Prelims in Fayetteville, Arkansas a week and a half ago. This comes on the heels of last season where there were no Bulldogs in the NCAA Finals.
Sears, a junior out of Edison High in Fresno, is coming off of a jump of 20 feet, 5.75 inches (6.24 meters) that gave her a tie for sixth in the long jump at the West Prelims. Her personal best came earlier this season at the Texas Relays when she jumped 20'-7" (6.27m), which is also the school record. She enters the NCAA Finals ranked 13th in the nation.
McKee qualified in the hammer throw with a throw of 190'-8" (58.13m) to finish in 11th. The senior from San Jose will join Sears in competing on Wednesday in the finals. She has a season-best throw of 195'-11" (59.71m) earlier in the year at the Stanford Invitational. McKee's career-best came last season when she tossed the hammer 62.26m. She enters ranked 23rd in the nation.
McKee will compete first with the hammer throw getting underway on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Sears will have her time on the national stage when the long jump starts at 4:15 p.m.
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