McKay earns high jump gold medal Thursday at Big South meet

Shenelle McKay (
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Campbell senior Shenelle McKay captured her first career Big South outdoor individual conference title Thursday afternoon at the Bagwell-Settle Track Stadium, placing first overall in the women's high jump with a mark of 1.71m. In the preliminary track events, the Fighting Camels had 17 athletes qualify for the finals, scheduled to take place on Friday.

McKay got the day started for Campbell with her gold medal performance in the women's high jump. The Kingston, Jamaica native cleared marks of 1.58m, 1.63m, 1.68m and 1.71m, all on the first attempt on her way to the individual conference championship. It was the second all-conference performance of the meet for McKay, who took home the silver medal in the women's long jump Wednesday with a mark of 5.80m.

The rest of Thursday's events featured preliminary trials on the track. First were the men's 110m hurdles trials, where Campbell junior Marcus Mize claimed the last qualifying spot with a time of 16.91.

In the women's 100m hurdles trials, Lilla Juhasz and Tatiana Wolfe posted the top-two times in the prelims to easily advance to Friday's final. Juhasz clocked in at 14.11, while Wolfe finished inches behind her with a mark of 14.15.

Next were the men's 400m trials, where the Campbell freshman duo of Ka'Deem Wynn and Collin Cooper put up the third and fourth-best marks of the day. Wynn finished in 49.54, followed by Cooper who ran a 49.79 as both qualified for Friday's men's 400m final.

Racheal Brown was Campbell's lone competitor in women's 400m trials, where she won her heat to automatically qualify for the championship race. The junior from Freeport, Bahamas will be the three seed in Friday's final as she posted a time of 56.02.

Campbell had two athletes qualify for the men's 100m dash finals as Lorne Jenkins and Alize Graham posted marks of 11.03 and 11.09, respectively. Freshman Daequon Carr narrowly missed the finals cut with a performance of 11.12 in heat two of the prelims.

All four participants in the women's 100m dash trials qualified for Friday's final as Janai Scott (11.92), Isis Brooks (12.15), Deonica Reid (12.24) and Juhasz (12.28) all finished inside the top-8 in prelims.

CU's final running events of the day were the men's and women's 800m trials. On the men's side, Kelvin Kirui (1:55.10) and Graeme Fisher (1:55.87) notched the fourth and sixth-fastest times to qualify for the finals.

Three athletes will represent the Campbell women in the 800m finals as Amina Alvarez-Barkane (2:14.63), Roshae Jackson (2:17.26) and Kelsey Rea (2:18.31) placed inside the top-8 of the preliminary event. Alvarez-Barkane's mark of 2:14.63 broke a PR that she set earlier this season at the Campbell Open.

Day three of the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships continues Friday, May 12 at noon as Campbell competes in the women's triple jump. The conference meet will conclude with the final awards ceremony, scheduled for 5 p.m. following the conclusion of all events. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.