Senior Trae McRae made a huge jump in his quest for NCAA gold this past week. He qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championship during the preliminaries in Jacksonville, FL. Though other 49ers competed in the preliminaries, they fell short of qualifying.
McRae continued his stellar season by recording the highest mark in the high jump with a 2.17m jump. He also will be able to compete in the long jump event with a 7.55m jump.
Barely missing the cut for Eugene was All-American Anthony Campbell. He finished 15th in the triple jump with a 15.73 performance. Fellow Niner Michael Tamayo finished his collegiate career with a top-25 finish in the men’s 800m run. Tamayo will leave the Queen City holding five records.
Senior Anthony Byrum finished seven spots shy of a qualifying position placed 31st in the 100m.
Participating in his first ever NCAA Preliminaries was freshman Stevan Veselinovic. Veselinovic entered the prelims already holding the record for men’s hammer throw in Charlotte record books. He hurled a 63.16m throw, coming in a solid 23rd.
McRae will now go on to compete in Eugene June 8-11 in hopes of coming away the first national champion in Charlotte history.