TSU jumper Kenneth Pree narrowly missed out on securing his second national championship berth after competing in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championship West Regional on Wednesday.
After fouling on his first attempt, Pree jumped 24-6.5 feet on his second attempt before returning to post a mark of 23-2 feet on his third and final attempt. Pree finished 18th overall as the top 12 jumpers qualified for nationals.
This marked the third consecutive regional appearance for Pree. The senior, who participated in the 2021 NCAA Championship, had a personal best jump of 7.83 meters (25-8.25 feet) this season which solidified his second SWAC long jump title several weeks ago.
Men’s track freshman Turey Stoudemire competes in the high jump at 4:30 p.m. CST on Friday while Chad Williams is scheduled to jump at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Women’s track & field freshman Alexis Wilson is scheduled to compete in the triple jump at 4 p.m. on Saturday.