NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma sophomore Hayden McClain’s competition in the IAAF World Junior Championships ended Friday afternoon when he failed to advance to the final round of the triple jump. The competition is being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Ranked 19th heading into the competition, McClain finished ninth in the first of two rounds of competition and ended up 19th in the overall competition. He recorded a 49-6.25 wind-aided effort on his second jump and that proved to be his best mark of the meet.
McClain, who was the top American finisher in the meet, qualified for the meet by finishing second in the US Junior Nationals in early July. He posted a career-best 51-9.25 to qualify for the IAAF meet.
Lazaro Martinez of Cuba, who had the top mark coming into the competition, had the best mark in the qualifying round with a 54-6.75. A total of 12 jumpers advanced to the final round, to be held on Sunday, with six coming from each of two sections.
McClain finished second in the triple jump in both the Big 12 Outdoor and Indoor championships. His 51-11.75 at the outdoor meet was wind aided so it wasn't eligible for record consideration. His junior national mark moved him to sixth on the all-time OU career list. He had been ranked eighth with a 50-11.50 from the NCAA Prelims in late May.
Results are available at iaaf.org.