1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Roland McGhee

ROLAND McGHEE

Born: October 15, 1971, in Flint, Mi

Current Residence: Columbia, SC

PRs: Long Jump 27-11 (1995)

High School: Trotwood-Madison HS, Trotwood, Oh '90

College: Middle Tennessee '94

Height: 5-11

Weight: 175

Coach: Curtis Frye

Agent: Flynn Sports Management

1989: best of 24-0.5.

1990: best of 24-0.25.

1991: best of 26-5…6th in NCAA Indoor (25-1.75)…10th in NCAA (25-5.25w)…19th in qualifying at USA Champs (24-9.25).

1992: best of 26-5.5…5th in NCAA Indoor (25-9.5)…2nd in NCAA (27-0w)…14th in qualifying at Olympic Trials (25-4.5)…ranked #9 U.S. at LJ by T&FN.

1993: best of 27-6…2nd in NCAA Indoor (26-11), 6th in 55 (6.29), 13th in TJ (49-2.5)…14th in NCAA (25-1.25); second leg on 6th-place in heats 4 x 100…20th in qualifying at USA Champs (24-7w)…ranked #9 U.S. at LJ by T&FN.

1994: best of 27-9.5…3rd in NCAA Indoor (26-2.25); 8th in 55 (6.30)…2nd in NCAA (27-4.5); second leg on 5th-place in heats 4 x 100…no mark in qualifying at USA Champs…second leg on 3rd-place 4 x 100 at World Cup…ranked #4 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN.

1995: best of 27-11…3rd in USA Indoor…4th in USA Champs (27-4.75w)…no mark in qualifying at World Champs…7th in GP Final (25-0.75)…ranked #6 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN.

1996: best of 26-1.5…no mark in qualifying at Olympic Trials…ranked #9 U.S. at LJ by T&FN.

1997: best of 27-0…10th in USA Champs (25-10.75)…5th in GP Final (26-9w)…ranked #9 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN.

1998: best of 27-6.75…won USA Indoor (26-7.25)…won USA Champs (27-2)…5th at World Cup (25-6.75)…ranked #5 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.

The Rest of the Story: ran age group track for a while as a child, then returned to the sport again in junior high…was a 100m specialist, but traded events with a friend who wasn't a very good long jumper…never won a state title…never won an NCAA title, but finished 2nd three times…made the Worlds squad in 1995 when Carl Lewis declined his team position…a groin strain kept him from getting a mark at the Worlds…has had problems in the past with inconsistent performances in major meets, usually brought on by changes in his runway approach; in 1999 those problems seemed to be a thing of the past. He says, "I had to learn how to control myself. You have to realize that on the third jump, when you're behind, it's still the same competition it was on the first jump. If your steps are off, then they need to be adjusted. But if you're simply behind in distance, changing your steps will often cause you even more problems"…trains in Columbia with a stellar group that includes Allen Johnson, Tony McCall, Calvin Davis, Melissa Morrison, Anjanette Kirkland, Monique Hennagan, and Ayo Atterberry…says the group is a big advantage: "There are a lot of times when you don't want to do part of a workout. They're always pushing you, though. And if the women are doing it, you don't want to be the one guy who can't do it"…has his sights set on repeating as USA champion indoors and out, as well as taking home a medal from the World Champs.