University of Wyoming senior Jerayah Davis had a good first day at the NCAA West Preliminary in Sacramento, California, Thursday night.

The Casper product finished sixth in the women’s long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 3/4 inches, and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Davis entered the West Preliminary as the No. 4 seed in the long jump. Her leap came late in the event. Her previous best jump was 19-9 3/4.

The winning jump was by Deborah Acquah of Texas A&M (21-1 1/2). UW senior Ja’la Henderson finished 22nd (19-6 3/4). Henderson was the No. 23 seed.

The top 12 individuals and relay teams advance to the national meet.

Davis also placed second in her heat and fourth overall in the first round of the 100-meter dash. She was one of 24 individuals to advance to the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. today. Her time Thursday was 11.26 seconds, which consisted of six heats. The winning time was 11.18 by USC’s Lanae-Tava Thomas. USC’s Anglerne Annelus was second (11.23) and Arkansas State’s Caitland Smith was third (11.24).

Davis entered the meet as the No. 4 seed.

In the men’s hammer throw, sophomore Kirk Unland finished 28th with a throw of 199-7, and junior Eric McArthur was 32nd at 194-5. Both finished higher than they were seeded. Unland was seeded 29th and McArthur 39th.

Senior Emend Malm-Annan finished 22nd in the women’s hammer throw (194-1). She was No. 20 seed, and was in eighth place after the second of three flights.

Sophomore William Nolan, a Cheyenne South graduate, finished 42nd in the long jump. His best leap was 22 feet, 4 1/4 inches. Nolan came into the event seeded 45th. Nolan will compete in the triple jump Saturday. Nolan is the No. 34 seed.

Laramie High graduate Christopher Henry finished 39th in the 10,000-meter run late Thursday night (30:08.46). 

Today, Kacey Doner and Harry Ewing will run the the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The meet concludes Saturday with senior Ja’la Henderson in the triple jump and the Cowgirls competing in the 4x100 relay.

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