Former Purdue standout Jamie K. McNeair (Reese) was elected to the 2010 class of the United States of America Track & Field (USATF) Niagara Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday, becoming one of just nine women to join it’s illustrious ranks.
McNeair earned a trio of All-America honors and helped the Boilermakers to their highest-ever team finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Coming to Purdue from Buffalo, N.Y. by way of Santaluces, Fla., McNeair was a member of the Purdue roster from 1987 to 1990, placing at the outdoor national championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990 in the heptathlon, and leading the Boilermakers to a 12th-place NCAA Championship showing in 1988.
She helped the Boilermakers to the first track and field team Big Ten Championship in school history in 1987, and won five individual conference crowns, taking two indoors in the pentathlon and three outdoors in the heptathlon. McNeair also ran on the Big Ten Indoor Champion 4×400-meter relay team in 1988. She was voted the Boilermakers’ most outstanding athlete in 1988 and 1990, and still owns two Purdue outdoor records.
Her mark of 6,016 points in the heptathlon remains the school record in the event, while her time of 23.74 is tied for the fastest 200-meter dash time in Purdue’s outdoor history, tied with Sybil Perry’s mark from 1983. She’s also second in school history in the pentathlon with a collegiate best of 4,127, second in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.47 and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at 58.50.
While at Purdue McNeair also earned U.S. titles at the 1987 junior championships in the pentathlon and triple jump, and after college, McNeair won heptathlon at the 1995 Pan-American Games, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and the pentathlon title at the 1991 U.S. Indoor Championships. She was ranked in the US Top 10 for the Heptathlon eight times from 1989 to 1997 with her highest ranking being number three in 1994.