Deandra D. McBride
Deandra Doubrava McBride Born: May 5, 1976 (Scott City, KS)
Graduated: Scott Community High School, 1994; Emporia State University, 1999
Eighteen conference championships, fourteen All-American selections, two national championships: the accomplishments of Scott City native Deandra Doubrava McBride as a collegian at Emporia State University are truly astounding. Add in her accomplishments in high school, and her accolades in the classroom, and McBride becomes one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Kansas athletics.
McBride was well known in track and field by the time she stepped on campus in Emporia. As a high school athlete in Scott City, she played multiple sports but her most noteworthy accomplishments happened on the track. As a junior, McBride won state championships in the triple jump and as part of the 1600 meter relay team. During her senior year, McBride added state championships in the 400 meter, the long jump, and a repeat performance in the triple jump, while guiding the Beavers to an overall team championship.
Following high school, McBride chose to play volleyball and track at Emporia State University.
In 1995, McBride began her assault on the Emporia State and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Conference record books. As a freshman, McBride won the conference title in the 400 meter and finished fifth at the NCAA Division II national meet in the same event. She followed that performance as a sophomore with indoor conference championships in the 600 meter and as part of the 4x400 meter relay team. Later in the spring, she claimed three more conference outdoor championships in the heptathlon, the long jump, and the 4x400 meter relay.
McBride added five conference titles during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 1997 and she won two indoor conference championships in 1998 before taking a redshirt during the outdoor season, setting her up for a monumental season in 1999.
McBride’s performance during the outdoor season in 1999 is nothing short of legendary. At the conference meet, McBride won five championships including titles in the 200 meter, 400 meter, long jump, triple jump, and the heptathlon. Her sixty-six points at the meet made her the top performer and helped the Hornets to a team championship.
At the NCAA Division II national meet, McBride experienced nearly the same level of success as she totaled fourteen All-American selections during her career. In 1999, McBride claimed national championships in the heptathlon and the 400 meter hurdles and helped the Hornets finish fourth at the national meet.
The legacy of McBride’s career at Emporia State is evident in the school’s record book. As of 2016, McBride held spots in the school’s all-time indoor records in the 200 meter, 400 meter, 600 meter, 4x400 relay, two mile relay, high jump, long jump, and triple jump. In the outdoor record book, she holds marks in the 400 meter, 800 meter, 100 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, 1600 meter relay, long jump, triple jump, and heptathlon.
In 1997, McBride was awarded with the MIAA Ken Jones Award as the conference’s top female athlete. Following her senior season in 1999, McBride once again earned the Ken Jones Award, becoming the first female to win the conference’s highest honor twice.
Already member of the Emporia State Athletics Hall of Fame, the MIAA Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, today McBride joins the roll of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and takes her place as one of the greatest athletes in the history of the Sunflower State.