July 24, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -
University of Alabama rising sophomore Quanesha Burks of the United States (Hartselle, Ala.) finished fifth in the long jump Wednesday evening at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Competing against the world's finest jumpers aged 19 and under, Burks posted a best effort of 19 feet, 9 3/4 inches (6.04 meters) on both her first and last attempts. Her first attempt was accomplished into a headwind of 0.9 meters per second (mps). Her final attempt of the night came with a favorable tailwind of 1.2 mps. Akela Jones of Barbados won the event with a leap of 20-9 ¾ (6.34).
Burks earned NCAA Outdoor All-America honors in 2014 as a freshman on the Tide's sixth-place 4x100-meter relay foursome, in addition to honorable mention All-America status in the long jump.