The Next Field Event Stars

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Cover photo Makenzie Hayward pole vaulting. Video Jasmine Moore triple jumping last year at Great Southwest. 

There are already tons of top underclassmen performing well in their respective field events.

In the pole vault, three girls have already vaulted over 13 feet, and all three are sophomores. Anna Cathryn Griffith has vaulted 13-1.5 for the third-best underclassman mark. Laurel Wong owns the No. 2 underclassman vault at 13-2, while Makenzie Hayward leads with a vault of 13-4. Hayward ranks seventh in the country among all grades and is just a few inches off the top all-time list.

We've also got to talk about sophomore Jasmine Moore, who holds the national sophomore indoor triple jump record at 42-06.75. Already outdoors, she's jumped 42-1.75 inches. Moore leads the underclassmen in the long jump as well, having gone 19-11.5 . Two other Texas girls have already jumped over 40 feet in the triple jump, with Tossing Alao and Koi Johnson both leaping 42-1.75 and 41-1, respectively.

Two high jumpers in Myca Broussard and Kamiya Dendy are tied at 5-10 for U.S. No. 3. Freshman Leigha Johnson from Reed City, MI, currently sits at U.S. No. 2 in the hammer throw.

On the guys' side, there are already two sophomores who have cleared 16 feet. Haze Farmer and Seger Nelson have vaulted 16-0.25 and 16 feet even, respectively, and both rank in the top 20 in the country among all grade levels.

In the throws sophomore, Bryan Hudson from Scott CountyKY, has already thrown 190 feet and is 9 inches ahead of where both U.S. No. 1 Turner Washington and U.S. No. 2 Gabe Oladipo were as sophomores.

In the jumps, eighth-grader Thaton Jordon from Calhoun CountySC, has jumped 47-3 in the triple jump, 21-3 in the long jump, and 6-4 in the high jump. His long jump would currently rank top 10 in the country. Could he be the next Tyress Cooper but of the field events? Only time will tell. Check out the rest of the top 100 in each field event by clicking on the links below.


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