WKU leaper Ventavius Sears ties for 12th at NCAA Indoor Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In his second-straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships appearance, WKU senior Ventavius Sears brought home a top-15 finish after tying for 12th place with a mark of 7.55 meters in the long jump.

“Mr. Sears has completed a very successful indoor campaign,” head coach Erik Jenkins shared. “The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship may be the hardest meet to qualify for in the world and he has now qualified twice. Ventavius [Sears] finishes his season as one of the best jumpers in the country and we are looking forward to an exciting and successful outdoor season.”

Entering the indoor championships, Sears’ owned the 15th best jump in the country on the season. Covering a distance of 7.78 meters back at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invite in January, Sears ranked in the top-five at the time of the jump.

KeAndre Bates from Florida took home the 2017 NCAA Indoor long jump title, posting a mark of 8.04 meters. Sears’ mark ranked third among competitors from non-Power Five programs.

Coach Jenkins, Sears and the rest of the Hilltopper track and field squad will kick off outdoor competition on Friday, March 24, at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina.

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