COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Eastern Kentucky University junior Tequan Claitt will compete in the men’s high jump at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
The high jump is scheduled to get underway around 4:30 p.m. ET.
Claitt qualified for the NCAAs by jumping 7’3” at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships on February 23 in Charleston, Illinois. His gold medal-winning performance rallied the Colonel men to their first OVC indoor title since 2008.
Claitt’s leap of 7’3” is an indoor personal best, and it ranks No. 2 on EKU’s all-time indoor high jump list.
The Lexington native – and graduate of Bryan Station High School – enters the national championship meet ranked No. 13 in the country.
The top 16 individuals in every event advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Claitt is EKU’s first NCAA indoor qualifier since Soufiane Bouchikhi and Lydia Kosgei both made it in the 5,000 meters in 2012.
He will be the first EKU field athlete to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships since Angie Barker (shot put) in 1986.
Claitt 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.
Claitt will be squaring off against the top high jumpers in the NCAA, including past national champions Trey Culver (Texas Tech / 7’7.75”) and Randall Cunningham (USC / 7’5”) and freshman sensation Vernon Tuner (Oklahoma / 7’7.75”).
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