Whitaker finished fifth in the world

Track & Field | 8/5/2022 7:26:00 PM

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

Whitaker’s final mark of 16.01m (52-6 1/4) came on his last attempt at the finals on Friday night in South America. Whitaker was able to advance to the second day of competition after advancing through the qualifying round with a jump of 15.54m. In the finals, Whitaker answered on his second and third jumps after scratching his opening attempt to earn three more jumps in the finals.

Whitaker’s 16.01m is significant in Gophers history, making the now rising sophomore no. 2 in program history. The Clemonton, N.J. native is just the second Gopher to ever eclipse 16 meters in the triple jump, joining Keith Cline who accomplished the feat in 1992.

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