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2018 Winner: Dyshon Vaughn, New Haven, Connecticut, 24-5.50

Armory RecordRayvon Grey, Beacon, New York, 26-00.25

National RecordDion BentleyPenn Hills, Pennsylvania, 26-06.50

Threats To Win: Kenneth Wei (NY), Eric Haddock (NC), Austin Allen (MD), CJ Hill (LA), Adam Yang (MA), 

Analysis: There are around seven guys all who have jumped 24-feet or farther, and all have the potential to take a win this weekend. New York's Kenneth Wei has the best mark of the season with his 25-footer but hasn't gone over 24-6 since he hit that mark on Feb. 3. 

The second-best mark in the nation right now comes from Pennsylvania's Ezra Mellinger. Mellinger jumped 24-11.5 to win the 2019 PTFCA Indoor State Championship just two weekends ago and has shown steady improvement throughout the season. Sitting at U.S. No. 3 is North Carolina's Eric Haddock with a  jump of 24-5.5 from the NCHSAA 4A Indoor State Championship Meet.

New York's Jeremiah Willis is a dark horse athlete who finished second in the event in 2018 but hasn't posted any comparable marks yet this season.


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