Track and Field (1999-2001)
Inducted October 2010
Charles Clinger soared to great heights with the Wildcats, becoming the first Weber State athlete to win both NCAA indoor and outdoor national titles in the same year (2001) as one of the nation’s elite high jumpers.
Clinger, who grew up in Freedom, Idaho, and attended Star Valley (Wyoming) High School, was the 2001 NCAA men’s indoor high jump champion with a jump of 7-5, then followed it up by winning the NCAA outdoor championship with a leap of 7-6.50, becoming the first Big Sky Conference athlete to pull off the feat.
Later that year, Clinger won his third Big Sky outdoor title with a leap of 7-8.50, setting a Big Sky and Big Sky record. It was the best high jump in the world in 2001.
Clinger finished his career as a three-time NCAA Division I All-American in the high jump, and was an eight-time Big Sky Conference champion. Clinger holds the Big Sky indoor high jump record of 7.07.00, and the Big Sky outdoor record of 7.08.50 He was a three-time indoor and outdoor high jump champion from 1999 to 201, and also won conference titles in the triple jump (2000) and long jump (2001).
Clinger was tabbed he outstanding field athlete at the conference outdoor championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001, as well as the outstanding male athlete in the conference’s indoor meet in 2000 and 2001. Clinger is also the school record holder in the triple jump.
Clinger, who won the Big Sky indoor championship in 1995 while attending Boise State University. He then served and LDS Church mission to Australia before returning to enroll at Weber State in 1998.
Clinger, was named an Academic All-American in 2000. His wife, Kellie, was a member of the WSU women’s track and field team and won the 2001 women’s 400 meters championship.
Clinger took third place in the U.S. Track and Field championships in 1999, then went on to place third at the 1999 Pan American Games, the only collegian to place in the competition. Clinger participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., placing fourth overall. He was named the first alternate to the U.S. Olympic Team.
In 2014, Clinger was named the 40th greatest athlete in Big Sky conference history. His exploits at the NCAA Championships were deemed the 15th greatest moment in Big Sky annals over the past 50 years.