2020 NBNI: Previewing The Jumping Events

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

* Morgan Smalls could score a historic high jump at NBNI in 2020

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Girls High Jump 

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Contenders: Morgan Smalls (Panther Creek, NC), Kamiya Dendy (Pendleton, SC), Annika Kinley (Lakota West, OH), Jenna Rogers (Rutherford, NJ), Elizabeth Knoll (Muskegon Mona Shores, MI).

Breakdown: Smalls had a magical run in in the high jump in 2019, sporting a meet record 6 feet, 3.25 inches -- the No. 13 best high school indoor leap ever. Smalls has come slightly back to earth in 2020, though she's still cleared 6 feet twice. She's the only athlete in the country to do so, too. 

So this is Smalls' event. Dendy, one of the country's most consistent high jumpers over the past four seasons, owns a US No. 2 mark at 5-10, while Kinley, Rogers and Knoll all have scored marks of 5-9 this season. 

Dendy was eighth in this event last year with a clearance of 5-8.75.

Boys High Jump

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Contenders: Kamyren Garrett (Lawrence Central, IN), Jieem Bullock (North Brunswick, NC), Logan Tittle (Freemont, UT), Trey Tintinger (Helena, MT), Jamier Wright (Kennedy Paterson, NJ), Aidan Clark (Briar Woods, VA).

Breakdown: The high jump could offer a little bit of the unknown. Only one finisher in the top eight from 2019 returns, and he hasn't jumped a single time in 2020 yet. 

Based on current form, Lawrence Central's Kamyren Garrett might be the individual to beat. He's only one of two athletes to clear 7 feet this season, though he's the only one to do it twice. He owns a PR of 7-0.5 from the Greyhound Classic in February. His biggest competition, Tyus Wilson, isn't entered. 

So that leaves a host of athletes who are looking for that elusive 7 foot barrier. A total of 11 athletes have cleared at least 6-10 but under 7 feet, and that includes Tittle, Tintinger and Wright. Bullock, one of the favorites in the long jump, went 6-10 outdoors. 

Tintinger is an interesting athlete to pay attention to, if only because he has so much talent. As a freshman in Montana, he eclipsed 7-1.5 outdoors.