June 9, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Kierra Foster of the University of Maryland earned All-America status late Thursday with her fifth-place finish in the women's long jump at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Sacramento State University.
Foster had a best mark of 20 feet, 9.25 inches to place fifth, just 0.25 inches better than Ashley McCarty of Texas A&M. The top eight finishers at the national meet earn All-America status.
She earned four points for Maryland in the team competition, which will be the Terps' final score with no more student-athletes scheduled to participate at nationals. Maryland was in eighth place after two days of competition, but only two finals have been conducted.
Jovanee Jarrett of Auburn won the competition with a leap of 21-2.50. Patty Sylvester of Georgia and Erica Mclain of Stanford each cleared 21-0.50, with Sylvester earning second by virtue of a better second-best jump.
Foster had her best mark on her first attempt of the six given in the final. She was in fifth after the first three rounds of the competition, but could not better her placing over the final three jumps.
Foster was also an All-American indoors this season for the Terrapins.
Maryland sophomore Dominic Berger will run tonight in the final of the men's 110-meter hurdles. Berger was seeded eighth after the first two rounds of competition on Wednesday.