Southern Illinois University Edwardsville junior Julian Harvey made his first appearance at the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships a successful one on Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
A former Edwardsville High School standout, Harvey tied for 11th place with a jump of 24 feet, 6 1/4 inches at the national finals, which are being held this week on the campus of the University of,Oregon.
Ranked ninth heading into the championships with a season-best jump of 25 feet, 11 1/2 inches, Harvey tied with Fred Dorsey of the University of Kentucky with the leap of 24, 6 1/4.
University of Arkansas senior Jarrion Lawson won the competition with a leap of 26 feet, 9 inches. University of Southern California sophomore Adoree Jackson placed fifth with a jump of 25 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Jackson competed at Belleville East during his freshman year before transferring.
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Busch to run in 10,000 meters
Bradley University senior and former Freeburg High School athlete Kristen Busch will put the finishing touch on a brilliant collegiate running career on Thursday when she competes in the finals of the women’s 10,000 meters at Hayward Field.
The women’s 10,000 meters is set for 9:08 p.m. on Thursday.
Busch, who along with twin sister Caitlin Busch was one of the top tandems in IHSA history in both track and field and cross country while at Freeburg, Kristen Busch qualified for the NCAA Championships at the Midwest Regional at Lawrence, Kansas. The Busch sisters have broken numerous cross country and track and field records during splendid four year careers at Bradley University in Peoria.
Emmonnie continues quest
In the midst of taking a year off from the University of Louisville women’s basketball program to hopefully realize her dream of competing in the Olympic Games later this summer, former Edwardsville High School great Emmonnie Henderson continues her quest towards Rio De Janeiro this week when she competes in the women’s shot put and discus finals.
Henderson, who won multiple Class 3A state championships at Edwardsville in both the shot put and discus, will compete in the finals of the shot put at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and in the discus finals at 5;05 p.m. on Saturday.