Erica McLain Gains Triple Jump Final at NCAA Championships

June 10, 2005

Sacramento, Ca - Freshman Erica McLain easily qualified for the finals in the triple jump with an effort of 44-10 3/4wa (13.68m) during Friday's prelims at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium.

McLain didn't take long in qualifying for Saturday's final (6:30 p.m.). McLain, who set an American junior record earlier this year with a leap of 45-2 1/2 (13.78m) in winning the Pac-10 title, automatically qualified on her second jump and had the day's best jump among 27 other competitors.

McLain is one of three favorites along with Clemson's Gisele Oliveira and Kansas State's Chaytan Hill. Oliveira, who finished third at the NCAA's last year and has a best this season of 45-9 (13.94m), qualified with a mark of 44-4 (13.51m). Oliveira won the 2005 NCAA indoor title while McLain finished second to gain her first collegiate All-American honor. Hill, meanwhile, qualified with a mark of 43-7 (13.28m). Hill finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor's earlier this year. Hill has a season-best of 45-5 (13.84m).

McLain is attempting to become Stanford's first NCAA champion in the triple jump. Not since Jackie Edwards in 1992 has Stanford produced an All-American in the triple jump.

McLain is a freshman from Plano, Texas, while Oliveira is a senior from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Hill is a senior from Kirby, Texas.

Several Stanford athletes will be competing in the championship finals on Saturday, the last day of the NCAA Championship. In addition to McLain in the triple jump (6:30 p.m.), the list includes Michael Robertson, who is a co-favorite in the discus (3:30 p.m.), Russell Brown in the men's 1,500 meters (6:20 p.m.), Arianna Lambie in the women's 1,500 meters (6:30 p.m.), Ian Dobson and Ryan Hall in the men's 5,000 meters (7:50 p.m.), Sara Bei in the women's 5,000 meters (8:10 p.m.) and the women's 1,600 meter relay team (8:45 p.m.).

For complete results, go to www.ncaasports.com.

Cardinal Catalogue: Several sportswriters from the state of Arkansas are here in Sacramento to cover the NCAA Track & Field Championships in which the Razorbacks men's team is the heavy favorite to win the NCAA title for the eleventh time since 1992 ... Several writers inquired about Stanford's Michael Robertson, who hails from Beebe (pronounced Bee-Bee), Arkansas ... The sportswriters wanted to know how long Robertson had lived in the state of Arkansas ... It turns out, according to Robertson, not long ... Robertson has lived in Beebe only three years ... His mother is a paralegal for the FBI and was transferred to Beebe after several years living in Brussels, Belgium ... Robertson was born in South Florida (Plantation), and lived there until he was 14 ... Robertson's mom was transferred to the FBI bureau in Brussels where Michael attended (4 years) and graduated from The International School of Brussels ... Robertson then attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) for two years, but the men's track & field program was dropped last year, and Robertson immediately transferred to Stanford, where he has emerged as the co-favorite in Saturday's discus final along with North Carolina's Vikas Gowda ... By the way, Beebe (a town of 4,00 citizens), Arkansas, is located 50 miles north of Little Rock ... Robertson set the Stanford school record earlier this year with an effort of 202-5 (61.70m) at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/05) ... Gowda, on the other hand, was born in India, but now calls Frederick, Md, his home ... Gowda, entering the 2005 outdoor season, had the North Carolina school record at 194-7 (59.30m) last year ... Gowda, a 2004 Olympian in the discus for his home nation of India, improved dramatically this year with a career record best of 212-3 (64.69m).

Third Day Results (NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships)
Hornet Stadium, Sacramento State University

Men's Results
Triple Jump (prelims) - 1. Rodrigo Mendes (BYU) 57-6 1/2wa (17.54m)q; 3 fouls - Solomon Welch (Stanford)

Women's Results,
Triple Jump (prelims) - 1. Erica McLain (Stanford) 44-10 3/4wa (13.68m); 23. Deborah Akinniyi (Stanford) 41-1wa (12.52m)™

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