Eastern Kentucky University junior Tequan Claitt earned first team All-America honors by finishing fifth in the men’s high jump at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Gilliam Stadium.
Claitt reached the podium with a leap of 7’2.5”.
The Lexington, Kentucky native entered the meet ranked No. 13 in the event, but stormed to fifth place by clearing heights of 6’10.75”, 7’0.5” and 7’2.5”, all on the first attempt.
Southern California’s Randall Cunningham, Texas Tech’s Trey Culver, Alabama’s Shelby McEwen and Oklahoma’s Vernon Turner were the only athletes to defeat Claitt on the day.
Claitt is EKU’s first indoor first team All-American since Jacob Korir finished second in the men’s 5,000 meters in 2008.
He qualified for the NCAAs by jumping 7’3” at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships on February 23 in Charleston, Illinois. That leap ranks No. 2 on EKU’s all-time indoor high jump list.
Claitt was the first EKU field athlete to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships since Angie Barker (shot put) in 1986.
The graduate of Bryan Station High School emerged on the national scene last spring when he broke EKU’s high jump record with a leap of 7’5.75”. That was the top jump by an NCAA Division-I athlete and the sixth best jump by an American, at any level, in 2017.
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