The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday announced nine regional athletes of the year, including the Charlotte 49ers’ Trey McRae, the Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year.
McRae, a three-time All-American from Laurinburg, specializes in jumps and won gold medals in all three - the long, high, and triple - at this year’s Conference USA Outdoor Championships. He also earned High Point Scorer of the Meet honor and Field Performer of the Meet.
A redshirt senior, McRae will represent the 49ers at the NCAA Championships this week after posting the top mark in the high jump and placing ninth in the long jump at the East Prelims.
Currently ranked third in the nation in the high jump, McRae was ranked first for part of the season, and has made appearances in the Top 10 rankings for the long jump.
Never miss a local story.
He boasts season-best marks of 7 feet, 4.5 inches in the high jump; 25 feet, 10.25 inches in the long jump; and 52 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump. Earlier this season, McRae shattered a 20-year old school record in the high jump.
He is the first regional field athlete of the year in the school’s Charlotte history, the first from Conference USA since 2013 and only the second in the league to claim the field award.
McRae was selected by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. He is one of two league representatives honored from the league, the other being Middle Tennessee's Dean Hayes, South Region Coach of the Year.
He will compete Wednesday in the long jump and Friday in the high jump.