Two weeks ago, Ben Clausen was just a high jumper.
On Tuesday, he established himself as one of the better triple and long jumpers in Class A.
Clausen swept both competitions with a mark of 18 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the long jump and 44-1/2 in the triple jump at the Hastings High track and field triangular with Holdrege and Northwest.
“Coach just wanted to try me there,” he said. “Hopefully, I can qualify for state in both.”
Alongside Clausen in the jumping pit was teammate Tanner Johnson, who qualified for state last season in the long.
Johnson, despite it being just the second meet he has competed in this season because of an injury, still finished second in the triple jump (42-6).
“We get competitive against each other. It’s great competition,” Clausen said. “We push each other to get better.”