McLean Makes Princeton History, Takes 8th at NCAAs and All-America Honors
DES MOINES, IOWA (6/8/12) - Sophomore Damon McLean set the Princeton record in the triple jump en route to being the first All-America triple jumper in Princeton history.
In his NCAA Championships debut, McLean hit 16.03 (52-7.25) in his third and final attempt in the first round. He was sitting in 13th place after the first two rounds after jumping to 15.65 and 15.39. The top nine advance to get three more attempts. His 16.03 vaulted him into fifth place and when his mark was announced he pumped his fist into the air which in turn caused Coach Fred Samara to do in the same in the stands, knowing he was one of the final nine.
McLean picked up two fouls on his next to jumps, but six others would also collect at least one foul in the final three rounds. In his last attempt McLean hit 15.64.
His jump of 16.03 put him eighth place, a spot on the podium and a first-team All-America honor.
He is the only triple jumper in Princeton history to reach the 16-meter mark. McLean erases an 18-year record at Princeton, set by Ugwunna Ikpeowo in 1994, a mark of 15.97 (52-4.75).
Senior Joe Stilin earned second-team All-America honors in the 5,000. He posted a time of 14:03.76 to finish 14th overall in the national final. Stilin was third after one lap and remained up front for the next two laps. Midway through the heat started to have an affect but after lap 10 he pushed through and moved up three spots and finished with a strong 1:04.19 in the final lap.
He along with teammate Trevor Van Ackeren will now focus on making the Olympic trials in the 1,500 with one more week to qualify and both being with 10ths of a second out of qualifying time.
Tomorrow senior Donn Cabral runs for the national title in the steeplechase at 11:52 a.m. Junior Greta Feldman will race in the national final of the women's 1500 at 11:12 a.m.