On Her Mark: Jenea McCammon Makes Running and Logan Her Top Goals

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 rehabilitation clinic.

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 years.”

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 for me.”

Jenea is currently living in Atlanta and enjoying her first trimester as a Logan student. Her Logan education will give her a distinctive edge in succeeding to be an athletic trainer. “[The curriculum] is enhancing what I already know from competing for so many years and having so much involvement with the human body,” she says.

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.”

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