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EUGENE, Ore. (6/14/14) - Senior Damon McLean earned his third All-America honor to cap his Princeton career on the final day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. McLean finished 12th overall with a jump 15.85 (52-0).
McLean landed on 15.62 (51-3) on his first attempt in Flight 2 before launching to 15.85 on his second. That attempt put him in 10th place overall. At the end of round 2, McLean needed to jump better than 15.91 to make the top nine final to earn three more jumps. However, McLean leapt to 15.72 (51-7) and did not advance, missing the top nine by 4.5 inches.
"I felt great coming in, the best I ever felt coming into a competition, compared to when I PRed earlier in the year at Penn Relays," McLean said. "A lot of stuff has happened since then: thesis, graduation, trying to find a job in the future and walking away from today I don't really feel as bad as I did because I've had a pretty good four years at Princeton. That's how I look at it right now."
"I feel like my drive wasn't there. I didn't feel like I wanted as much as I did in other years. Trying to make future plans and secure I'm going to do after college.The pressure was on that and focus was a bit away from track, not as much as I wanted it to be and the results showed that today."
McLean departs Princeton with the school record in the outdoor triple at 16.11 (52-10.25).
He was a first-team All-America in 2012 finishing eighth with a jump of 16.03 and was 14th indoor in 2013 with a jump of 15.44. A six-time Heptagonal champion, McLean was a Roper Trophy winner this year, as one of Princeton’s top male student-athletes.
Former Tiger Peter Callahan ’13 finished fourth in the final of the men’s 1500 with a PR of 3:39.90 as a member of New Mexico’s team.
Callahan looked comfortable in fifth place at 700 meters. At the bell Callahan was in sixth place running 2:44.95. That’s when the runners started to make their moves and jostled for positions. Callahan gained on leader Lawi Lalang of Arizona on the outside on turn three but Mac Fleet of Oregon pushed past both on the Bowerman curve. Callahan was nudged at the line by Sam Penzenstadler of Loyola Illinois by 0.13.
After the race Callahan was asked about having Orange & Black nation behind him and he said he felt it. "Literally doing a stride before the starting lineup today, I saw Michael Williams, Eddie Owens cheering for me and Vig [Jason Vigilante]. That's huge for me. I have my Princeton family cheering me on, I have my actual family here today. The past four years that I had at Princeton set me up really well. I'm super thankful. I talked to Coach Samara before the meet and I talked to Vig before the met and that's something that's going to be a part of me forever. It was exciting to see those guys this weekend and to see them around the country as I was competing. It was a privilege to be a part of the program, so it's fun to still be a part of it now."