Freshman triple jumper Treyvon Ferguson and high jumper Rylee Anderson competed at the United States Track & Field U-20 Outdoor Championships Sunday.
Ferguson nearly matched his personal best (16.18 meters) with a jump of 16.13 meters to win the men’s triple jump and earn him a spot on the U.S. junior team.
KU’s Treyvon Ferguson is the top men’s teenage triple jumper in the USA! With his win today in Florida, the Jayhawk punched his ticket to the Pan American U20 Champs in Costa Rica in July. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/XWT6Bj5X0a— Kansas Track & Field (@KUTrack) June 23, 2019
The winning jump came on Ferguson’s first attempt of the day, and it was enough to hold off Justin Forde of Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Ferguson passed his fifth jump, before recording a 16.02 meter jump, which would have earned him a second place finish as well.
Anderson took ninth in the women’s high jump, finishing with a height of 1.70 meters. Her first two jumps at 1.65 meters and 1.70 meters were successful, missing her final height of 1.75 meters.
In order to qualify for the U.S. team, Anderson would have needed to match her personal best height of 1.82 meters.
A total of 31 nations will compete in 44 events at the 20th Pan American U-20 Athletics Championships San Jose, Costa Rica, July 19-21.