Anchorage shot putter Clarke sixth at national championships

Anchorage's Jordan Clarke placed sixth in the shot put Wednesday at the U.S. track and field championships in Sacramento, California.

More than 2,000 spectators watched the competition, which was held in front of the California state capital building in downtown Sacramento.

Clarke's best effort, coming on his first throw in the finals, traveled 65 feet, 9.75 inches -- well short of the personal best of 70-1.5 he recorded earlier this month.

Clarke, who is coming back from an injury to the index finger on his throwing hand, struggled in the competition. He went 65-7 on his second throw in the finals and fouled on his final four throws.

The victory went to Pennsylvania's Joe Kovacs, who won with the best throw in the world this year -- 72-3.5.

Second-place Kurtis Roberts of Ohio was the only other man to surpass the 70-foot mark, and he did it twice with throws of 70-5.5 and 70-0.25. Third-place went to Reece Hoffa of Georgia with a throw of 68-2.25.

Anchorage Daily News