Seven from Track and Field Compete at NCAA National Championships

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The Crimson would finish its performance in the triple jump, where Uwaifo, the only freshman in the field, would land a jump of 15.24 meters to place 24th.

Even though the showing was not what the rookie wanted, Uwaifo believes that the meet was a good way to gain experience and prepare for his trials with the British national team later on this summer.

“It’s definitely an honor to be that guy.” Uwaifo said. “It was good experience to compete against these guys…. It was a wake-up call. I’ve never been in a competition where so many guys are jumping so far. That was definitely a wake-up call but I’ll definitely learn from it, just watching what they were doing.”

While none of the athletes were able to place high enough to qualify for finals in their respective events or achieve First Team All-American honors, the athletes gained valuable experience.

With Leakos as the only senior who qualified, the remaining athletes will return next year with valuable experience under their belt. Saretsky believes that this will be good for the success of both these athletes and other teammates as well.

“It was great to see three of our student athletes get Second Team All-American honors,” Saretsky said. “What’s really exciting is that six of the seven [members] are underclassmen that are back next year so hopefully we can send them and some more of their teammates back to Eugene.”

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