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Weber State’s Clinger narrowly misses berth

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One jump. That's all Charles Clinger asks.

The Weber State star finished fourth in the men's high jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday, just missing out on a top three finish and a berth in the upcoming Sydney Olympics. Like the second and third-place finishers, Clinger cleared 7-foot-5 1/4 inches. However, he did so with more previous misses and was relegated to fourth place after failing to clear the winning height of 7-foot-7 1/4 inches.

BYU product Marc Chenn cleared 7-foot-1 1/2 and finished 10th overall.

Another athlete with Cougar ties, Jason Pyrah, fell short in his bid to qualify in two Olympic events. The 1,500-meter qualifier finished seventh in the 800 finals with a time of 1 minutes, 46.83 seconds.