CCBC Essex High Jumper Heading to Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mar 04, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Rosedale, MD – Community College of Baltimore County, Essex student-athlete Rayven Ray is making her second trip to the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, this time in Albuquerque, N.M., after qualifying for the women's high jump on Feb. 7 at the Frank Colden Invitational meet at Ursinus College.

To qualify for the nationals in women's high jump, one must clear 1.55 meters or roughly five feet. At the Colden Invitational, Ray finished in first place, clearing 1.67 meters (about 5'5 ¾).

Not only did she qualify for nationals, but Ray set a new school record in the process.

She is ranked No. 11 nationally, out of 37 high jumpers.

Ray, a sophomore and general studies major, went to the national tournament as a freshman in 2013 and participated in the high jump and long jump.

"That girl can fly," said CCBC Essex indoor track and field head coach Gene Williams. "She is athletic, talented and extremely committed to whatever she does."

The 2015 national tournament is being held March 6-7 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The women's high jump is scheduled for March 7 at 2:15 PM (MDT).

Ray is a graduate of Kenwood High School and wants to study business management when she transfers to a four-year college.

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