Jerayah Davis will finish her prolific collegiate career on the national stage.

Wyoming's senior long jumper earned her first trip to the NCAA Division I track and field championships by qualifying for the event at the West preliminary Thursday in Sacramento, California. Needing a top-12 finish to qualify, the Casper native came in sixth to earn her chance to compete for a national championship.

Davis' qualifying status was never really in question. Her first jump was good enough to qualify while her second jump — her best of the day at 20 feet, 5.75 inches — solidified her spot in the women's long jump finals June 6 in Austin, Texas.

"Jerayah has always had the physical ability to be an elite collegiate long jumper," Wyoming jumps coach Quincy Howe said in a statement. "The things she has accomplished this year have always been in her. Being able to have steady, consistent work in the long jump has allowed her the ability to relax and allow top performances to come as opposed to always chasing them."

Davis, a Kelly Walsh graduate, has earned multiple all-Mountain West honors since transferring to Wyoming in 2015 after one season at Southern California. She set the school record in the long jump earlier this year with a winning leap of 20-10.75 at the Tom Benich Invitational in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Davis also clinched a national championship appearance in the 100 meters Friday night. A day after advancing to the quarterfinals with a time of 11.26 seconds, Davis qualified by finishing ninth overall with a time of 11.35.

Fellow senior Ja'la Henderson, an outdoor All-American last season, failed to qualify for her second straight national championships appearance in the long jump after finishing 22nd with a jump of 19-6.75. She'll compete in the women's triple jump on the final day of preliminary competition Saturday.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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