Event: High jump
PR: 2.35m/7-8.5 (2001)
Born: December 28, 1976 in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
High School: Star Valley (Afton, Wyo.) HS '95
College: Boise State/Weber State '01
Coach: Dan Walker
Agent: Peter Stubbs
Career Highlights: 2001 NCAA Outdoor champ; 2002 USA Indoor & Outdoor runner-up; 3rd, 1999 Pan American Games
tallest American jumper, Clinger has his sights set on breaking the American
record, with the ultimate goal of becoming the first American to jump 8 feet.
With 2002 being his first season of post-collegiate competition, Clinger for the
first time was able to concentrate solely on the high jump. He estimates that he
competed in as many as 100 jump competition in the LJ, TJ, and HJ each year at
Weber State Clinger had third best jump in the world and the best by an
American in 2001 with a PR of 2.35/7-8.5 on May 19 at Big Sky Conference
Championships in Pocatello, Idaho, in a season in which he often competed in the
high jump, triple jump and long jump for Weber State. He again led the U.S. with
the same clearance (2.35m) in 2002. Attended Boise State University as a true
freshman in 1994-95, winning the Big Sky Conference high jump crown in 1995. In
1997 he then left to serve a two-year Latter Day Saints Church Mission to
Melbourne, Australia, returning to U.S. in the summer of 1998 and enrolling at
Weber State...has placed more emphasis on weight training since the beginning of
2000...Long jump PR of 24-3.5 and triple jump PR of 52-0.5...married to Kellie
Child, a heptathlete and high jumper on the Weber State track team. has been
known to don tall black socks when competing, a habit he picked up while jumping
in Utah, where the socks kept his calves warmreceived his first world-ranking
(#10) by Track & Field News in
2003: Tied for 7th at USA
Outdoors (2.22m/7-3.25)runner-up at USA Indoors (2.30m/7-6.50)3rd
at Verizon Millrose Games (2.23m/7-3.75)2nd at Belem (2.25m/7-4.5)5th
at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors (2.20m/7-2.5)best of 2.25m/7-4.5.
2002: 2nd at USA Indoors (2.29m/7-6)1st at Verizon Millrose Games (2.31m/7-7 indoor PR)tie for 2nd with Matt Hemingway at USA Outdoors (2.29m/7-6)1st at Prefontaine (2.35m/7-8.50AL)1st at Modesto (2.28m/7-5.75)1st at Provo (2.25m/7-4.5)6th at Stockholm (2.25m/7-4.5)ranked #10 in the world, #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 2.35m/7-8.50.
2001: 9th at USA Outdoors (2.18/7-1.75)best mark by an American and 3rd best in the world of 2.35/7-8.5 on May 19 in Pocatelloalso jumped 2.32/7-7.25 in Vasteras on May 3 and 2.30/7-6.5 on 4/21 in Logan and on 5/31 in winning the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a jumpoff over Dave Hoffman of Utah State long jumped 7.62m/25-0 and triple jumped 16.24m/53-3.50ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 2.35/7-8.50.
2000: 4th at Olympic Trials (2.27/5-0.25)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2.31/7-7.
1999: 3rd at USA Outdoors (7-4.5)... 3rd, Pan American Games...4th at NCAA Outdoors (7-5.25)...28th in qualifying at World Champs (7-0.5)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 7-6.25.
1997-98: Served on LDS church mission...returned to U.S. in the summer of 1998 and enrolled at Weber State.
1996: Won Big Sky indoor title while at Boise State...best of 7-1 (indoors).