DeLoach 7th, Clarke 8th at Diamond League Switzerland
Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks and Jordan Clarke of Anchorage are the only two Alaskans currently competing on the Diamond League global tour – the NFL of track and field.
DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, placed seventh in the women’s long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 5 inches.
She was only of only two jumpers to avoid fouling on all six jumps. Her best jump came on her second attempt.
The Olympic bronze medalist has abandoned her traditional takeoff with her left foot because of an ankle injury and now jumps off her right foot.
Clarke, of Bartlett High fame, was eighth in the men’s shot put after a result of 67 feet, 5 inches.
It was an off day for the former four-time NCAA champion, who never got in a rhythm.
Clarke remains third in the Diamond League season standings for the shot put.
DeLoach and Clarke will both compete at next month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.