Southern Illinois University Edwardsville junior Laderrick Ward earned All-American honors on Thursday when he placed fourth in the long jump competition at the NCAA Men's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Meet at Heyward Field in Eugene, Ore.
A 2011 graduate of Cahokia High School, Ward had a top jump of 24-feet, 9 1/2-inches. University of Florida junior Marquis Dendy won the event with a leap of 26-3.
Willie Alexander of Long Beach State was second with a jump of 25-4 1/2 while Raymond Higgs of Arkansas was third with a leap of 25-2 1/2.
There were 24 athletes in the competition.
Also competing on the second day of the NCAA Division I championships were former Central standout Jena Hemann and Kristen Busch of Freeburg.
Hemann, a junior at Texas A&M University, totaled 3,164 points in the first four events of the heptathlon and is in 19th place in the two-day event.
University of Georgia freshman Kendall Williams leads with 3,685 points. Kansas junior Lindsay Vollmer is second with 3,493 points.
Hemann's best finish came in the shot put, where she finished fifth out of 23 athletes with a throw of 40-6 1/2.
She also placed 16th in the high jump with a leap of 5-4, 19th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.46 seconds and 20th in the 200 with a time of 26.02.
The heptathlon concludes Friday with the final three events -- long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Busch, a sophomore at Bradley University in Peoria, placed 18th in the women's 10,000. The Braves' distance runner finished the race in 34:01.4. Boise State University junior Emma Bates won with a time of 32:32.3.
Belleville West graduate and Northern Illinois University freshman Claudette Day will compete in the women's high jump on Saturday.