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CHS, CV grads compete at NCAA West Preliminaries
Ceres High grad Ray Green had a productive four-year career with the UC Davis men's track and field program. Former Central Valley star Latrisha Jordan just completed her junior season at Fresno State.

Green competed for the final time at the collegiate level when he placed 28th in the triple jump and 43rd in the long jump at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round last month in Oregon.

Jordan, who was also vying for a berth to the NCAA Championships, fell short of her goal. She finished 35th overall in the 400 hurdles.

"I'm a little disappointed in myself," said Ray, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior. "I'm very competitive. I think I could have done a little better."

Said Latrisha: "I need to work on becoming mentally stronger. That's my problem."

Green posted his second-best mark of the season in the triple jump on Saturday when he soared 49 feet, 71/4 inches.

His parents, Nathaniel and Dorothea, watched from the stands.

"It made me feel a little better having them there," Green said. "They were smiling and waving. I could hear my dad. It was a blessing in itself to just get the opportunity to compete at that stage."

Ray leapt 21 feet, 91/2 inches in the long jump on Thursday, May 26.

Green ranks No. 2 in the triple jump (50-63/4) and No. 7 in the long jump (24-21/4) on UC Davis' all-time list.

He defended his triple jump title and placed first in the long jump at the Big West Conference championships this year.

Ray qualified for West Regionals every season.

"I had a good four years there," Green said. "I made my parents, coaches and Ceres proud."

Jordan took sixth in Heat 5 of the 400 hurdles at the West Preliminaries. She finished the race in 1:01.08.

"I do good at practice," Latrisha said. "When it comes to meets, I mentally shut down. Sometimes I feel like I doubt myself. I need to push through it."

Jordan won Western Athletic Conference titles her freshman and sophomore years of college.

She finished eighth at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships during her first year with Fresno State.

"I'm going to do better next season," Latrisha said. "That's a fact."

Jordan and Green will both graduate from college in 2012.

Latrisha, a psychology major, wants to become a drug counselor.

Ray will apply for admittance to physician assistant school.