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Green, Jordan compete at NCAA meet
Former Ceres Unified School District athletes Ray Green and Latrisha Jordan both competed at the NCAA Division I West Regional Track and Field Championships, held May 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

Green, a 2007 Ceres High grad, soared a personal-best 50 feet, 63/4 inches en route to a 20th-place finish in the triple jump on Saturday, May 29.

The mark is No. 2 on UC Davis' career list.

"I finally got the jump I've been waiting for," Ray said. "It's a big relief. It gives me a lot of confidence going into next year."

Green took first in Flight 1 following an hour-long lightning delay.

Approximately 15 UC Davis teammates witnessed Ray achieve his season-long goal on his second jump. He finally reached the 50-foot barrier.

"Everybody in the stands clapped when they put my mark up on the board," he said. "They knew it was a personal record. I was pretty juiced."

Nathaniel Green, Ray's father, was also in attendance.

"My dad was there to support me," he said. "For him to see my best jump in my college career, that means a lot."

Green captured the Big West championship in the triple jump (49-9.75) on May 15 in Northridge.

Jordan, a 2008 Central Valley grad and sophomore at Fresno State, placed 21st in the 400 hurdles (1:01.07) on Friday, May 28.

She took 11th in the preliminaries (58.91) on May 27.

"I was worried about every little detail instead of going out there and having fun," she said. "I should have been focused and wanted it more."

Latrisha successfully defended her WAC title (59.20) the previous week in Louisiana.

She could be challenged by underclassmen next season.

"If that person wants it, they better be ready to compete," Jordan said. "I know I'll be ready. I want to win WAC all four years. That's my goal."

Jordan placed eighth in the 400 hurdles (58.19) at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships as a freshman.

"I gave it my all," Jordan said when asked if she fulfilled her expectations this season. "Now, I have a break to relax and think about my goals for next year. Physically, I'm there. I just need to believe in my abilities."