Former Saluki and three-time NCAA Champion Jeneva McCall.
July 9, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
KAZAN, Russia -- Former Saluki Jeneva McCall will look to bring home some hardware from the World University Games in Russia on Wednesday, where she will compete in both the shot put and hammer throw.
McCall, a three-time NCAA champion, is coming off an excellent performance at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June where she qualified in the hammer throw for the IAAF World Championships (held in Moscow, Aug. 10-18). At the USATF Championships, McCall came in second with her best launch of 74.00m (242-09) -- currently the eighth best throw in the world and the second best in the United States. In fact, McCall held the top American mark and USA hammer throw record for two throws until eventual USATF champion Amanda Bingson threw the nation's top mark at 75.73m (248-05).
In the shot put, McCall finished in fourth place, just short of qualifying for the World Championships. She currently holds the third best mark in the United States and is tied for the 17th-best shot put mark in the world at 18.47m (60-07.25).
Saluki track and field head coach Connie Price-Smith is also in Russia as the head women's coach for Team USA.
Now in its 54th year of existence, the World University Games are held every two years in non-Olympic seasons. To be eligible to compete, athletes must be between the ages of 17 and 28 and have taken at least one three-credit hour course within the last year preceding the games. This is the first multi-sport event between the USA and Russia on Russian soil since President Jimmy Carter's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.