Sky Is The Limit For Aggie High Jumper
Feb. 23, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
By Chet Gardner, Utah State Athletic Media Relations
When referring to the sport of high jumping, the phrase `The sky is the limit' is a natural saying, and something that is literally the truth when referring to Aggie junior Clint Silcock.
Silcock started competing in the high jump during his sophomore year at Butte High School in Salmon, Idaho, and it didn't take him long to start excelling in the sport. Utah State came calling soon after that.
"I won the state track meet my sophomore year and basically started getting letters from colleges asking me to come there," the Idaho native said.
Moving forward to his freshman year at Utah State, Silcock continued to get better and finished the outdoor track season with a bang as he was crowned the Western Athletic Conference high jump champion after clearing a jump of 2.04 meters (6-8.25).
"One of the biggest highlights of my career was my freshman year at the WAC Outdoor Championships in Hawai'i. We finished second but that was a fun experience and I was able to win the WAC Championship in the high jump so that was really cool," Silcock said.
After finishing his freshman year in 2006 he served a two-year LDS Church Mission in Uruguay. When he returned from his mission he continued his progression as a sophomore where he was able to achieve another career highlight as he participated in the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Texas where he earned All-American after finishing tied for ninth in the high jump.
Silcock became just the second Aggie high jumper to earn All-America accolades, joining Dave Hoffman in 2001 and becoming Utah State's 23rd track and field student-athlete to be an All-American.
Entering this weekend's WAC Championships, Silcock leads the WAC with a height of 7-00.25 (2.14m), which is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark as well as three and a half inches higher than the next best height in the conference.
"My jumping has been improving," Silcock stated. "My freshman year I did pretty good and I think 2.10m (6-10.75) was my best mark. Last year I improved a lot and ended up going 2.20m (7-2.50). This year has being going alright so far, although I haven't gotten to 7-2.00 yet at a meet, I've been close and I feel like I'm going to get it."
Silcock "gets it" in the classroom as well as he earned academic all-WAC accolades and was a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Student-Athlete Award recipient. Additionally and on a higher scale than conference and university honors, Silcock was one of three Aggies to be named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2009 Division I all-Academic Track and Field team.
Before ever becoming a college track and field student-athlete, Silcock had his eyes on the Aggies.
"I had always heard good things about Utah State in the valley where I lived. That it was a really good school and also that they have a lot of good athletic programs like their track program and their basketball team," Silcock added.
The winning tradition of the track and field program at USU certainly helped get him here and has helped him have fun while competing here.
"I love the track team here, it's always been really good and the coaching staff has always been really good to me. The training programs that we do help me out here," Silcock acknowledged.
The close proximity of USU to Idaho and to his hometown was a plus for some of Silcock's hobbies.
"In my spare time I'm a big hunter and fisherman. In my free time in the summer I like to go to Idaho and do some hunting and fishing," Silcock said.
As for right now the junior high jumper is preparing for the WAC Indoor Championships this Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 25-27) in Boise, Idaho.
"Hopefully the team does well. That's the thing with the WAC Championships; it's more of a team meet than the rest of them, because all of our points and every event counts," the Aggie junior said.
Silcock said that the team goal is to win the WAC Championships this weekend, and he would like to make it back to the NCAA National Meet as well. For Silcock to accomplish these and all of his goals, the sky is the limit.