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Gulfport’s Brittney Reese places second at nationals

United States' Brittney Reese waves as she wears the U.S. flag after she won the women's long jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships, March 19, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Reese was attempting to claim her 11th national title on Saturday at the USA Track & Field outdoor championships in Sacramento, California.
United States' Brittney Reese waves as she wears the U.S. flag after she won the women's long jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships, March 19, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Reese was attempting to claim her 11th national title on Saturday at the USA Track & Field outdoor championships in Sacramento, California. AP

Gulf Coast track icon Brittney Reese came up just short at claiming her 11th national championship Saturday.

Competing in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California, the former Gulfport High and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College standout placed second with a top jump of 22 feet, 10.75 inches. American rival Tianna Bartoletta edged Reese with a top jump of 23 feet, 1.75 inches.

“It’s always revenge with me and Tianna,” Reese said in a release. “I got her at (the Prefontain Classic), she got me here. We’ve gone back and forth all year long, which is good for our sport.”

With the second place finish, Reese will head to London later this summer for the World Championships.

“I am really excited to get back there, won my first (Olympic) medal there,” Reese said. “Hopefully the magic is still there so I can secure another medal for myself. I am really excited to be back on the team. I am pleased to be on another team with another opportunity.”

Heading into Saturday, Reese held the top jump in the world this year at 23 feet, 4.75 inches.

Last year, Reese set the meet record, jumping 23 feet, 11.75 inches.

Reese’s resume already included Olympic gold and silver medals as well as six world championships.

A Gulfport High graduate, Reese attended MGCCC before competing at Ole Miss, where she was a two-time NCAA champion and five-time SEC champ. Reese still holds Ole Miss indoor and outdoor records in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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