GULF SHORES, Ala. - Jerosan Fletcher had her eyes on a national championship through four flights of jumpers in the long jump at Mickey Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and in the finals, she finished fourth, earning an All-America designation in the long jump for the second time this season after also earning a spot on the All-America team in March's indoor championship. Fletcher also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters by finishing second in her trial section prior to competing in the long jump.

 

"It was a big day for Jerosan and she came to compete," Park coach Brian Renshaw said. "Meets like the one Jerosan had today give track coaches ulcers, because you want it so bad for her. She did her job and represented us very, very well today. We're proud of her."

 

Fletcher began the day with a 24.64 second 200-meter dash, finishing second in her trial heat to earn a spot in Saturday's finals, which are scheduled for 5:10 p.m. 

 

After the 200, Fletcher looked like she might be the favorite to win a national championship, posting the best jump of all long jumpers through four flights of trials. She was edged in the finals by American Midwest Conference rival Abby Stricker, from Columbia College, who won the event in 5.91 meters.

 

Fletcher's jump of 5.88 meters was fourth, behind a pair of 5.9 meter jumps, coming from the state of Texas, from Wiley College and Wayland Baptist University. 

 

"Jerosan has a lot to be proud of today," Renshaw said. "A lot of kids get to this point and they don't perform well because they can't handle it. She's got some experience, now, especially after the indoor championships earlier. She did a great job for us today."

 

Before she gets to the 200-meter finals Saturday, Fletcher will run Friday in the 400-meter trials, at 3:30 p.m. That comes after teammate Aaliyah Brown throws the shot put, in Gulf Shores, at 1 p.m.