Monday, June 2, 2014

The 2014 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon proved to be a stage for superb performances for the athletes from the Chula Vista OTC. Joe Kovacs continued his streak of consistently monstrous throws, finishing in second place with a mark of 21.46. This is the third time this season he has thrown over 21 meters and he is currently ranked fifth in the world in the event from his throw last week in Shanghai. Will Claye dominated the men's triple jump on Saturday, setting the #2 best jump in the world and a new meet record of 17.66m. This is his second-best jump ever and his furthest jump ever outdoors and also is the best mark in the US. In the women's long jump, Brittney Reese took fourth place with a best jump of 6.86m, despite having two foul jumps well over 7.00m. She currently is ranked sixth in the world and third in the US.
Kiani Profit competed in the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Gotzis, Austria in her first full heptathlon of the season. Amongst the world's best, Profit was the only American invited to compete and represent her country. Her total score was 6012, her second-best score of all-time and third best mark in the US and ninth in the world. She set season best marks in four of the seven events including the long jump (5.87m), shot put (12.67m), javelin (40.89m) and the 800m run (2:06.25). Her shot put and 800m run marks were lifetime bests.
The Chula Vista OTC hosted its fifth home meet of the season last Saturday. Jeff Skiba cleared 2.05m in the high jump, which is the a season best. Maya Pressley led an elite field in the women's high jump, matching her previous season best mark of 1.85m. Liz Podominick also won the discus throw with a mark of 61.00m which is just 38 centimeters off of her season best.
Will Claye will be competing at the Diamond League meet in Rome, Italy on June 5, with all other athletes of the Chula Vista OTC competing at the Jim Bush Meet at UCLA on June 7. 

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