1. Vernon Turner Is A Beast In The High Jump
The Yukon (OK) High senior high jumper just keeps getting better.
Vernon Turner broke the National Federation of High School record of 7-5.75, which Kansas City Grandview (MO) High's James White last accomplished back in 2009, by leaping 7-6 at the Yukon Classic on April 14.
And he was on his home turf.
It stands as the No 2. all-time best best mark in high school competition overall and is just an inch shy of the national record of 7-7. A year ago, it would have won the NCAA Division I championships.
Turner had one more attempt left at 7-7.25, which would have broke the national record set by Andra Mason in 2002, but his heel nicked the bar and set it to the ground.
Still, Turner's progression has been phenomenal. The University of Oklahoma signee has cleared bars of 7-feet in all five of his meets and has hit at heights of 7-2 and 7-5 as well.
Overall, the national field in the boys high jump has been extremely competitive. Two others trail him at 7-2 and 11 athletes have marked over 7-feet.