Sanaa Barnes Posts Points for Villanova at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Sanaa Barnes Finishes 6th in the Women’s High Jump Earning 3 Points for Villanova; Dennis Manyeah Represented La Salle Men’s Track & Field in the High Jump

June 12, 2021 –

The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Villanova women’s team put 3 points on the final scoreboard via a 6th place finish by Sanaa Barnes in the high jump. On the previous day Dennis Manyeah of La Salle participated in the men’s high jump. Overall, LSU won the Men’s Championship scoring 84 points defeating host Oregon who posted 53. North Carolina A&T, who had strong performances in the sprints and 400’s got third place with 35 points. USC won the women’s team title with 74 points besting Texas A&M who got 63 team points.

Let’s take a look at the Philly schools performance over the last two days of competition.

Women’s High Jump

Saana Barnes , Villanova finished in 6th place with a jump of 1.81m (5’11.25″). It was the third straight year that Barnes had a top-eight finish in the same event, and earned All-America honors over that same time period. Barnes cleared 1.73m, 1.78m, and 1.81m all on her first attempt. She missed three jumps at 1.84m, but placed 6th based on fewer misses. Rachel Glenn of South Carolina won the evet with a jump of 1.93m (6’4″), a personal best. She beat Lamara Distin (1.90m) and Tyra Gittens (1.87m) both from Texas A&M. Gittens competed in the long jump and women’s heptathlon.

It was the 29th year in the 39 year history of the event that Villanova has scored team points.

Men’s High Jump

Dennis Mayeah was in the event final. He placed 16th overall clearing the bar at 2.15 (7′ .2″). Manyeah was tied with 6 other jumpers at that height, and got his final placing based on fewer misses. Manyeah cleared 2.10m on his first jump. At 2.15m he missed the first but was good on the second attempt, then did not clear 2.2m (7′ 25″). JuVaughn Harrison of LSU won the event leaping 2.33m (7′ 7.75″) for the title.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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