Erica McLain Captures U.S. Triple Jump Championship

June 26, 2005

Carson, Ca - The unbelievable freshman season for Stanford triple jumper Erica McLain continued on Sunday afternoon at the 2005 United States Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a resounding victory and a berth on Team USA which will compete at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in August.

McLain broke her American junior record en route to her first U.S. title. McLain's mark of 45-11 3/4 (14.01m) on her third of six jumps surpassed her previous American junior record of 45-2 1/2 (13.78m) at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships in May.

'Hitting the American junior record, that was cool,' McLain told reporters. 'But it wasn't really my goal. My goal was meeting the 'A' standard. I didn't even have the 'B' standard coming into the meet. But I knew if I hit the 'B' standard, then I had to win and it created extra pressure. But that fact that I hit the 'B' standard and won the competition made me excited and I cried. I didn't know what else to do. Going in I felt like I didn't do enough speed work and my coach (Edrick Floreal) stepped back and let me do my own thing. He left it up to me and I'm glad he did because I'm proud of my results.'

McLain, who was a three-time Texas state champion in the triple jump as a prepster, started her freshman season at Stanford with a second place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn her first collegiate All-American honor. McLain then won the Pac-10 outdoor triple jump crown to help the Cardinal women win their first conference title. McLain then finished second at the NCAA West Regional, and then earned All-American honors for a second time with a third place finish at the NCAA Championships earlier this month in Sacramento.

McLain edged out UCLA's Candice Baucham who finished second with an effort of 45-11 1/4 (14.00m). Only two weeks ago, Baucham upset McLain to win the NCAA triple jump title.

McLain becomes one of five Stanford current and former athletes who will compete for Team USA at the World Championships in Finland. The others are Ian Dobson (2004) and Ryan Hall (2005) in the 5,000 meters, Lauren Fleshman (2003) in the 5,000 meters, and Toby Stevenson (1999) in the pole vault.

Two current Cardinal athletes, Lindsay Allen (3,000 meter steeplechase) and Wopamo Osaisai (100 meters) will compete for Team USA at the 2005 Junior Pan American Track & Field Championships in late July in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Osaisai and Allen earned their berths on Team USA with first and second place finishes, respectively, at the United States Junior Outdoor Championships, which ran concurrently with the Senior Nationals in Carson.

The U.S. Senior and Junior Nationals concluded on Sunday.

McLain was one of 28 current and former Stanford athletes who competed at the U.S. Senior and Junior National Championships this past week. The list included Deborah Akinniyi (2008, triple jump), Lindsay Allen (2008, 3,000 meter steeplechase), Neftalem Araia (2008, 5,000 meters), Sara Bei (2005, 5,000 meters), Russell Brown (2008, 1,500 meters), Jill Camarena (2004, shot put), Joaquin Chapa (2007, 1,500 meters), Claire Cormier (2008, 800 meters), Benjamin Dickens (2008, pole vault), Ian Dobson (2004, 5,000 meters), Chris Emme (2005, 5,000 meters), Lauren Fleshman (2003, 5,000 meters), Ryan Hall (2005, 5,000 meters), Sarah Hopping (2006, hammer), Graeme Hoste (2008, pole vault), Arianna Lambie (2007, 1,500 meters), Jason Lunn (1997, 1,500 meters), Tracye Lawyer-Thomas (1999, heptathlon), Wopamo Osaisai (2008, 100 and 200 meters), Summer Pierson (2000, discus), Jonathan Riley (2002, 5,000 meters), Michael Robertson (2006, discus), Grant Robison (2003, 1,500 meters), Toby Stevenson (1999, pole vault), David Vidal (2006, 3,000 meter steeplechase), Nick Welihozkiy (2003, hammer) and Melissa Yunghans (2008, shot put)

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