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
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.
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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