McGlory is the Pioneers' first Division II All-American track and field athlete since 1992.
Cal State East Bay senior Lauren McGlory concluded an historic senior campaign for the university by earning All-America honors in the triple jump finals at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships on May 23. McGlory shattered her own school record with a leap of 42 feet, 5.25 inches to finish fourth in the nation.
In her third attempt of the day, McGlory broke her own program mark by nearly seven inches. She also topped her previous record in her final attempt by jumping 42 feet, 3.5 inches. Antqunita Reed from Pittsburgh State broke the NCAA Championship record with a leap of 43 feet, 8.75 inches to capture the triple jump title.
"Lauren's performance in one word was epic!" said Pioneer head coach Ralph Jones. "Once again she performed like a champion when her back was against the wall. Her first jump wasn't a good one, and she fouled her second jump and was in jeopardy of not making the finals with one jump remaining. Like she has done all year when the pressure was on, she rose to the occasion. Her third, and at the time final, jump was a school record performance that put her in third position and secured her a spot in the finals."
With her performance at the meet, McGlory became the first Pioneer to earn All-America honors since CSUEB joined the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the 93rd All-American in Cal State East Bay women's track and field history. She is the first Pioneer women's track and field All-American since 1992.
Lauren joins her father, Marcus McGlory, recently inducted into the CSUEB Athletics Hall of Fame, as the first father-daughter duo to earn All-American honors in the same event in the history of Cal State East Bay intercollegiate athletics.
During the course of the 2014 campaign, McGlory broke the school records in both the long (19'6) and triple jumps. She became the first Pioneer to capture a championship in a CCAA event, taking first place in the triple jump. She also stablished a school record and NCAA qualifying mark with a third place performance in the long jump. On May 12, McGlory was the first Pioneer ever to be named USTFCCCA All-West Region. On May 17, McGlory was voted Cal State East Bay's Co-Female Athlete of the Year.
"Lauren is a special athlete and has had one of the most outstanding seasons of any female track and field athlete in Pioneer history," said Jones. "There are many amazing women in our program's history who paved the way for athletes like Lauren to have the kind of platform she had this year. Cal State East Bayt has always been known for great track and field, and Lauren's season reminds us of that."