Hayden Clarke Defends IC4A Indoor Title In Long Jump
BOSTON – Hayden Clarke (Townsville, Australia) of the Manhattan College men’s track & field team won the long jump at the IC4A Indoor Championships at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center on Saturday. With the victory, he defended his 2016 title, as well as extending the Jaspers’ streak to 31 consecutive years with at least one IC4A champion.
Clarke moved into the lead with a leap of 7.41 meters (24 feet, 3¾ inches) on his fifth attempt. He then improved to 7.43 m (24’4½) with his final jump. Dennis Eriksson (Sundsvall, Sweden), meanwhile, finished seventh in the event with a mark of 6.98 m (22’11).
Love Litzell (Ostersund, Sweden) came close to giving Manhattan another IC4A title in the weight throw. He took the lead with a fifth-round effort of 20.04 m (65’9). However, Albany’s Jonathan Eustache uncorked a throw of 20.08 m (65’10½) on his final attempt to earn the win and knock Litzell down to second place.
In addition, Amir Khaghani (Bethesda, MD) finished ninth in the 5000 meters with a time of 14:27.92.
The Jaspers are currently third in the men’s team standings with 20 points. Clarke and Eriksson will be in action again on Sunday in the triple jump, while Manhattan has additional scoring possibilities from Ryan Addlesberger (Cinnaminson, NJ) and Ire Bozovicar (Potoki, Slovenia) in the shot put.
Manhattan will also have two women competing in finals at the ECAC Championships on Sunday. After finishing second in her preliminary heat, Paige Chapman (Abingdon, MD) won her semifinal in the 60 meters. Her time of 7.57 seconds was the second-fastest overall. Kelly Gorman (South Amboy, NJ), meanwhile, ran a huge personal-best of 2:10.62 in the 800 meters. With that time, she took second in her heat and earned one of the four time qualifiers.
They’ll have a chance to add to the eight team points Ellinor Persson (Taby, Sweden) picked up on Saturday. She placed second in the long jump with a mark of 5.81 m (19’0¾). Those eight points, combined with the one earned by Charlene Pohl (Bisingen, Germany) in the pentathlon, have the Jaspers sitting tied for 11th in the team standings.For the Jaspers, Sunday’s schedule gets underway with the men’s triple jump at 9:30 a.m. The men’s shot put will take place after the women’s shot put, which is also at 9:30 a.m. Chapman’s 60 final is scheduled for 12 p.m., while Gorman will run in the 800 final at 1 p.m.