Hilltoppers earn 3 honorable mention All-America honors

EUGENE, Ore. — In front of a packed crowd at Hayward Field, the Hilltoppers’ track
and field squad earned three honorable mention All-America honors in the long jump,
400-meter dash and 4x400m relay at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor National
Championships Wednesday evening.

Senior Ventavius Sears finished 20th with a mark of 7.26m (23’10”) in the long jump.
It marks his eighth All-America honor as the Georgia native earned honorable

WKU Track and Field athlete Ventavius Sears is pictured competing in the WKU Relays at Charles M. Rueter Track and Field Complex on March 31, 2017, in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo by Steve Roberts / WKU Athletics)

Olympian Emmanuel Dasor crossed the finish line in 47.03 seconds in the 400-meter
dash, finishing in 23rd place. The Ghana native earned his ninth All-America honor
as he also earned honorable mention.

“What Ventavius Sears and Emmanuel Dasor have done for this program is to be
applauded,” commented head coach Erik Jenkins. “It’s a testament to the work of the
student-athletes, training staff and coaches.”

Julius Morris, who earned a spot in the 100-meter dash, did not compete Wednesday
evening due to injury.

The 4x400m relay squad of Dasor, Austin Hayes, Eli Minor and Sears turned in a time
of 3:08.85, finishing in 20th place to garner honorable mention All-America status.

With the season coming to a close, the final meet continued Jenkins’ streak (10
years) of having at least one All-American on his roster.

Nationals Recap
Long Jump – Ventavius Sears – 7.26m (23’10“) – 20th – Honorable Mention All-American
100m – Julius Morris – DNS
400m – Emmanuel Dasor – 47.03 – 23rd – Honorable Mention All-American
4x400m – Dasor, Hayes, Minor, Sears – 3:08.85 – 20th – Honorable Mention All-Americans

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