Former Northside High track and field standout Ventavius Sears finished eighth Wednesday in the long jump in the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
The Western Kentucky athlete had a leap of 7.76 meters (25 feet, 5½ inches) in his final jump.
For finishing in the top eight, Sears earned All-America honors.
He had a leap of 7.84 meters in the East preliminary championships in Jacksonville, Fla., last month.
Sears, a sophomore, was also part of the Western Kentucky 4x100-meter relay team that competed in the national semifinals on Wednesday.
The Hilltoppers finished in 39.67 seconds, which was not good enough to advance to Friday's final. The top eight advanced with 39.39 being the cut off.
This was the second straight year Sears competed in the NCAAs. As a freshman, he was part of two relay teams.
Both of the relay teams (4x100 and 4x400) that Sears was a member of last season finished in the top five, earning Sears a pair of All-America honors.