Kentucky sophomore Sha'Keela Saunders soared to a lifetime-best long jump to claim the bronze medal at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday night.
Saunders went 22 feet, 1.75 inches on her fifth attempt, a mark that took her into second place. She was later overtaken by Alabama's Quanesha Burks, who jumped 22-8. Burks' mark was the eventual winner.
Oregon's Jenna Prandini placed second with a jump of 22-3.75.
Saunders' jump broke her previous school record by more than 9 inches.
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The Kentucky women are in a four-way tie for 17th place in the team standings after day one, but the Cats have plenty of potential points still on the table.
Six of Kentucky's nine runners entered in Thursday preliminary heats advanced to Saturday's finals. The Wildcats will also have Rebecca Famurewa and Madison Jacobs in the discus on Saturday.
Kentucky's Kendra Harrison advanced to the finals as the top qualifier both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400 hurdles.
Kentucky had the top two qualifiers in the 400 hurdles as Leah Nugent won her semifinal heat.
Dezerea Bryant advanced in both the 100 and 200. She ran a windy :10.99 (breaking 11 seconds in the 100 for the second time in her career, although both times were wind-aided) to enter the finals as the second-fastest qualifier.
She was the No. 3 qualifier in the 200.
Keilah Tyson will join Bryant in the 100 finals.