Charlotte 49ers five-time NCAA All-American Trey McRae (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland H.S.) finished fifth in the high jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
“I gave it my all and left everything out there,” McRae said. “It has been amazing to be among the best high jumpers in the United States. I appreciate all the support from the University, Niner Nation, and my hometown this season and during my career.”
In Sunday’s finals, he was one of six high jumpers to successfully clear 2.26 (7-1) on their first attempt. He was successful on his second attempt at 2.21 (7-3). He was one of seven high jumpers to clear 2.21. McRae finished fifth in the Olympic Trials after falling short on three close attempts at his personal best at 2.26 (7-5).
McRae qualified for the high jump finals after tying for first in a group of five athletes that cleared 2.14 (7-0 ¼) on their first attempt during the qualifying round, Friday, July 8. In all, 14 athletes qualified for Sunday’s final by clearing the height in one of their three attempts.
“This is definitely a high point for our program,” Charlotte track and field Coach Robert Olesen said. “He executed this entire championship season at a high level which is tough to do, but he did it.”
After placing third in the high jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, the highest NCAA finish in school history, finishing in the Top 20 in the men's long jump at nationals, and earning a dozen other accolades during the outdoor season this spring, including Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year, McRae was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Athlete of the Year.
The Laurinburg, N.C., native was also named the C-USA Field Performer of the Meet and the High Point Scorer of the Meet after taking gold in all three jumping events. He finished the season ranked third in the nation in the high jump with a lifetime best mark of 2.25m after being ranked first for a portion of the season.
McRae was also the top collegiate finisher in the long jump at the prestigious Texas Relays in April.
He boasts season-best marks of 2.25m (7 ft, 4.5 in., HJ), 7.88m (25 ft, 10.25 in., LJ), and 15.95m (52 ft., 4 in., TJ). Earlier this season, McRae shattered a 20-year old school record in the high jump to combat his indoor high jump record, and carries the distinction as possibly the best all-around jumper in the NCAA.
McRae is the first 49er to ever win the C-USA Field Athlete of the Year title, and exits Charlotte as one of its most decorated athletes, having reached the medal podium at league championships an amazing 11 times across four seasons. He was also named the 2015 C-USA Indoor Field Performer of the Meet.