Former Mt. Pointe star Claye earns spot in World Championships
At the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday in Eugene, Ore., former Mountain Pointe star Will Claye earned a spot on the U.S. team for the upcoming IAAF World Championships with his second-place finish in the triple jump.
Claye jumped 17.09 meters (56-feet, 1-inch) to finish behind University of Florida teammate Christian Taylor, who won with a leap of 17.49 (57-4 ¾). Both Claye and Taylor are assured of a spot in the world championships at Daegu, South Korea by virtue of their finish on Thursday and the fact they both have surpassed the “A” qualifying standard of 17.20 meters. Claye jump a non-wind aided 17.35 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month.
In other results involving athletes with East Valley or Arizona State ties:
Current ASU athlete Anna Jelmini placed fifth in the women’s discus with a throw of 193-1.
Jasmine Chaney, a McClintock High grad and current ASU athlete, advanced through to today’s semifinals of the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Chaney had the third-best time in the first round, clocking a 56.12.
Ryan Milus, another ASU athlete and Hamilton graduate, did not advance out of the first round in the men’s 100 meters. Milus ran a 10.43, short of the 10.28 that was the slowest time to advance to the semifinals.
Former Arizona State All-American Sarah Stevens-Walker was third in the women’s shot put, throwing 59-5 ½. Jessica Pressley, another former ASU athlete, was 8th at 55-9 ¾.
In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals, former Sun Devil Kyle Alcorn advanced with the fastest time in the prelims of 8 minutes, 40.33 seconds.
In the finals of the 10,000 meters, Desiree Davila, a former ASU standout, placed fourth with a time of 31:37.14.
To stay up-to-date on what’s going on at the USA Outdoor Championships and the U.S. Junior Championships in Eugene, just check the results page here.