This Spring Has Seen An Infusion Of High Jump Talent

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The boys high jump typically sees an infusion of skilled leapers over 7 feet, but the stature in which the best in the country operate has varied over the years. 

Not since 2016 have we had over three athletes over 7-3 for a given season, and only twice has that happened over the last six years. 

So is this the year we have more than three? It's possible, especially considering the country currently has 26 leapers who have cleared 6-10 or greater this season. 

Last year's all-time efforts were led by Vernon Turner, the Oklahoma prep who went No. 2 over high school history when he leaped 7-6 in 2017. His marks were aided by a gifted junior season that also saw him finish as the country's top jumper. 

If that has taught us anything, it's that experience favors athletes. Which is why we should pay close attention to Tyler Cronk, who finished fifth overall in the country last year out of Kentridge (WA) High, clearing 7-2. 

Here are how the numbers add up over the years: 

  • 2018: Three have cleared 7-3
  • 2017: Two have cleared 7-3, including a high of 7-6
  • 2016: Three have cleared 7-4.5
  • 2015: One has cleared 7-3
  • 2014: One has cleared 7-3
  • 2013: Two have cleared 7-3
In the slideshow, check out year-over-year how each year in the high jump has stacked up since 2013.

2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013