Bethune-Cookman jumper Kenneth Fisher made a huge leap both in his career and for the B-CU program on Saturday (July 5) at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The freshman surpassed the school record in the long jump at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Championships and earned a first-ever berth to represent Team USA.
The East Point, Ga. rookie finished in second place in the long jump event, hitting a career-best distance of 7.84m (25' 08.75") on his third attempt to register a new program record in the event. That jump afforded Fisher the right to become the first Bethune-Cookman track athlete to represent Team USA in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships.
“This is monumental,” Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Donald Cooper said. “Kenneth Fisher has been committed from day one to doing just that. Coach Tyree Price continues to do an outstanding job as our jumps coach.”
“We look forward to Fisher continuing the success of this season at World Juniors.”
Saint Augustine's freshman Shakinah Brooks finished sixth in the women's long jump with a season's best leap of 6.18m (20' 3.5"). Brooks, who calls Raleigh, N.C. home, won the women's long jump in the college division at the 2014 Penn Relays.
Team USA will return to Hayward Field to compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships July 22-27 in Eugene. This will mark the first time that the event has ever been held in the United States.