Senior Venessa Lee capped a stellar collegiate career with a third-place showing in the 800 meters Saturday at  the 2009 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships at San Angelo, Texas.

Senior Venessa Lee capped a stellar collegiate career with a third-place showing in the 800 meters Saturday at  the 2009 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships at San Angelo, Texas.
Lee, seeking her fourth NCAA-II national crown in the discipline, crossed the finish line in two minutes, 10.88 seconds to secure All-America accolades for a final time in her primary racing discipline. Ashley Puga, a senior from Northwest Nazarene, defended her 2009 indoor crown in the event with a winning time of 2:07.24.
A pair of third-place All-America performances highlighted the Pitt State men’s final day performances. Junior Jeremy Jackson turned in an all-time personal best time in the 110 meter hurdles. He was clocked in 14.07 seconds to finish third in the event. Ronnie McGirt of Albany State won the race in 13.69. Sophomore Kiara Jones also scored a third-place effort with a mark of 50-4.50 in the triple jump. Ramon Sparks of Abilene Christian leaped 52-4.75 to claim the national title.
Sophomore Mike Beeler also placed fourth in the javelin to garner All-America honors. He tossed the implement 203-7. Felipe Ortiz, from Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, won the event with a toss of 226-2.
Junior Mujahid Hassaballa rounded out the Pitt State contingent’s Saturday competition. He earned All-America honors with a seventh-place showing in the 1,500 meters. He crossed the finish line in 3:54.07.