USC receiver/trackster Marqise Lee qualified for next month's NCAA championships in the long jump with a personal-record jump of 25 feet, 5 1/2 inches in Thursday's NCAA Regionals held in Austin, Texas.
His mark was second in his flight and seventh among all jumpers. He entered into the competition ranked 20th in the region, meaning he placed well above his ranking.
Lee's career best entering into the 2012 track season was 24 feet, eight inches, so the month of track-specific training he's done since football ended last month has helped him improve significantly.
In other football/track news, running back/hurdler D.J. Morgan will run the 110-meter hurdles on Friday in Austin in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA championships, and linebacker/jumper Tony Burnett will do the triple jump. Notable sprinter Bryshon Nellum easily won his heat in the 400-meter and will compete in the quarterfinals Friday.
The NCAA championships are held in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.