There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line. For track and
field star Jenea McCammon, that finish line takes many forms.
Jenea (pronounced Jen-aye) represents
Guyana on its national track and field team.
Currently, she has two goals: training to
make the 2017 World Championships team
and attending Logan University to become
an athletic trainer for Guyana’s Olympic
team and eventually open her own sports
Running is in Jenea’s blood, as many
members of her family ran competitively.
Her grandmother even ran the same event
Jenea does: hurdles. A breakout athlete
during her undergraduate career at North
Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
University, Jenea began competing for
Guyana’s national team in 2014.
Her first competition in the Guyanese
uniform was the 2015 Pan American Games
in Canada. Since then, she secured two
national records in the women’s 100-meter
and 400-meter hurdles. She continued her
training in hopes to secure a spot on the
2016 Guyanese Olympic team, however, she
finished .53 seconds short of her goal.
In addition to the experiences she’s
gained as an athlete, being a member of
Guyana’s national team has opened Jenea’s
eyes to the other side of the track and has
inspired her to overcome her next hurdle.
“Unfortunately, Guyana is a country that
does not have much,” Jenea explains.
“We have a designated trainer for our
‘big competitions’ such as the Olympics.
I want to be their go-to person for those
competitions. It would also be special to
me because that is the country that I have
represented and still represent for multiple
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree
in sports science and fitness management
with a concentration in physical therapy,
Jenea knew she wanted to work in a sports related
rehabilitation career. That’s when,
with counsel from her mother, she decided
to pursue a master’s degree
and discovered Logan by
researching online programs.
“I looked up all of the
master’s-level programs Logan
had to offer and I found the
one that fit what I was looking
for,” she says of the Master’s
of Science in Sports Science
and Rehabilitation degree.
“With the busy schedule I
have, I quickly realized that an
online education would be best
Jenea is currently living in
Atlanta and enjoying her first
trimester as a Logan student.
will give her
to be an
for so many
much involvement with the human body,”
She credits her coach, Paris Simmons,
with helping her achieve success in track,
and her parents with inspiring her to remain
focused on her educational goals. In the
personal essay she submitted when applying
to Logan, she stated: “[My parents] understood
the true meaning of working hard for
what they wanted in life. [They] raised my
older sister and I to have the same work
ethic they possessed, if not more. As I got
older, I realized this is where my ambition
derived from. I can now say my ambition is
one of my many strengths in life.”
As she continues with her education,
Jenea said there is one thing she is looking
forward to the most as a student at Logan:
“Visiting the campus! I can’t wait to plan a
trip. It will be my first time in Missouri.”