Jordan Clarke, the three-time NCAA shot put champion from Anchorage, leads the world in his specialty.
Clarke, a senior at Arizona State, uncorked the longest throw of the indoor track and field season last weekend at a college meet in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Clarke launched a throw of 67 feet, 6.75 inches to win the meet and assume the No. 1 spot in the world indoor rankings.
The throw was one of three that surpassed the 20-meter mark Saturday for Clarke. His top throw (20.59 meters) puts him ahead Derrick Vicars of the United States, who ranks second with a throw of 20.12 meters.
The indoor season typically runs from December through March. Clarke finished the 2012 indoor season ranked 10th in the world with a throw of 20.86 meters (68 feet, 5.25 inches). That effort earned him the NCAA Division I indoor championship and stands as Clarke's personal best. His top throw Saturday was the second-best of his career.
Clarke, 22, has claimed three NCAA shot put crowns -- the 2011 and 2012 indoor championships and the 2012 outdoor championship. He is a 2008 Bartlett High graduate who owns the state high school shot put record with a throw of 71 feet, 3 inches, set with a 12-pound shot. In college and beyond, a 16-pound shot is used.