Edwards (left) w/ McLain
The Stanford women are chasing a national title this week in Sacramento (Calif.) at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, and though there are a number of veterans leading the charge, a freshman triple jumper may be the brightest star on a star-studded team. McLain already took second in the nation at the NCAA Indoor Championships this winter and will hunt for gold in this outdoor arena. She recently won the Pac-10 Championship with a career-best triple jump of 45-2 1/2, which broke the American junior record. Four of McLain's jumps at that Pac-10 meet wrote her name in the all-time American junior record book. The precocious freshman from Plano East High School (Plano, Tex.) already owns the Stanford records in the triple jump, which broke the marks of Cardinal legend and four-time Olympian Jackie Edwards. Big, big things are in store for this budding Stanford superstar.
McLain is also a talented long jumper, winning the Pac-10 title last month with a leap of 21-2 1/2.
We had the chance last week to talk in-depth with the all-world freshman about her rewriting of the Stanford record books and what distance she wants to reach at these NCAA Championships. She is as personable as she is athletically accomplished, and it's astonishing to think that she has three more years...
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