2020 NBNI: Previewing The Jumping Events

 Index: Triple Jump (Boys And Girls) - Long Jump Preview - Pole Vault Preview - High Jump Preview

* Sean Dixon-Bodie is a contender to go after the national record at NBNI; Photo Credit: Dan Loughlin/NC Runners

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Boys Triple Jump

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Contenders: Sean Dixon-Bodie (Bloomfield, CT), Garrison Breeding (Midland Christian, TX), Jadan Hanson (Uniondale, NY), James Akinlostu (Fedeal Way, WA), John Watkins (Hoover, AL), Solomon Washington (Round Rock, TX), Korey Steele (Bloomfield, CT), Namir Hempfill (Upland, CA), Johnny Brackins, Cam Mbalo (Pittsburg, PA) and Devin Daye-Schafer (Midlothian, VA) 

Breakdown: The meet record of 51 feet, 11 inches, set by Mark Jackson of Taylor (TX) in 2010, might just be in jeopardy this weekend with All-American returner Sean Dixon-Bodie back. The Bloomfield (CT) senior was fourth in 2019. 

Dixon-Bodie recently scored a career best of 52-1.5 at the Millrose Games in February, landing the current US No. 1. And he's improved almost two-feet since his fourth-place finish at NBNI last year. The senior has only jumped in five meets this season with three performances over 50 feet.

But Garrison Breeding is on the cusp of breaking 50 feet, too. And the environment at NBNI could bring his best leaps yet. Breeding jumped 49-9.75 for a US No. 2 in January before opening up his Texas outdoor season with a mark of 49-11 a month later. 

Beyond those two, Jadan Hanson and James Akinlosotu have season marks slightly over 49-feet, while Watkins, Washington, Patterson, Hemphill, Dy  and Steele are all over 48-feet.

* Morgan Smalls' winning triple jump at The VA Showcase in 2020

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Girls Triple Jump

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Contenders: Morgan Smalls (Cary, NC), Alissa Braxton (Commack, NY), Nadia Saunders (North Rockland), Sophie Galloway (Mayfield, KY), Tesia Thomas (York, PA), Riley Ammenhauser (Napervile, IL), Jordan Hardy (Hampton, VA), Agur Dwol (Denver, CO) and Rieko Wilford (Fayeteville, NC).

Breakdown: This event is wide open due to the recent graduation of Mansfield Lake Ridge (TX) graduate Jasmine Moore -- who is now the top triple jumper in the NCAA for Georgia.

But the competition will see familiar faces in returning All-Americans like Nadia Saunders, Morgan Smalls and Alissa Braxton.

Braxton, who was fourth last year, is looking to better both of her 2019 finishes in the long jump and triple jump. The Florida commit and Commack (NY) senior jumped 41-10 for a US No. 2 at the Section 11 NY State Qualifier in February. Saunders, meanwhile, began her season by scoring a 41 feet mark and has since jumped over 40 feet three times, including her NYSPHSAA State Championship win over Braxton last week. She was sixth in this event in 2019. 

But Smalls might be the girl to beat. She was the runner-up in 2019 with a leap of 41-9.75.

Currently, the Southern California signee and Panther Creek (NC) senior is the US leader with her 42-10 mark at The VA Showcase. Perhaps the only thing setting her back this weekend might be her schedule. She has additional plans to compete in the championship 200m, long jump and high jump.

This field could also see emergence from new names in sophomore Agur Dwol (40-3.75) and juniors Jordan Hardy (40-7) and Riley Ammenhauser (41-3.75) of Naperville, Illinois.

The latter, a Neuqua Valley (IL) junior, has improved her indoor career best by three-feet this season and could be a sleeper to win if she continues to build off her new personal best.