Two-woman triple jump team

06-29-2008

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USA Track & Field
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Two-woman triple jump team

The women's triple jump featured great competition and a near-miss for one competitor. Two-time defending U.S. outdoor champion Shani Marks was the class of the field, winning with a mark of 14.38m/47-2.25 (+1.4mps). Veteran Shakeema Welsch was second with 14.27m/46-10.0 (+3.5mps) and 2005 USA champion Erica McClain was third with 13.96m/45-9.75 (+0.4mps). Marks and McClain entered the Olympic Trials already with the Olympic "A" standard of 14.20m, necessary to compete in Beijing. Although Welsch exceeded 14.20m in Eugene, her mark was wind-aided so will not be accepted as an A standard. Marks and McClain will represent Team USA in at the Olympics.