Whitaker finishes fifth in the world

Athletics | 05/08/2022 19:26:00

MINNEAPOLIS– The University of Minnesota saw its freshman Floyd Whitaker Jr. ends his season with a fifth place finish at the U20 World Championships held in Cali, Colombia at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium. In the process, Whitaker became the second furthest triple jumper in program history.

Whitaker’s final mark at 16.01m (52-6 1/4) came on his last attempt at the final on Friday night in South America. Whitaker was able to reach the second day of competition after clearing the qualifying round with a leap of 15.54m. In the final, Whitaker answered on her second and third jumps after missing her first attempt to earn three more jumps in the final.

Whitaker’s 16.01m is significant in Gophers history, placing the No. 2 sophomore in program history. The Clemonton, NJ native is just the second Gopher to eclipse 16 yards in the triple jump, joining Keita Cline who did it in 1992.

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