Apex Lions' Relays Retro: Charles McBride Climbs To 7-Feet

In 2019, heading into his final season as a high school athlete, Apex (NC) High School senior Charles McBride had only cleared 7-feet in the high jump just once. 

His benchmark performance came the previous July at the North Carolian USATF Junior Olympic Championships, as he cleared 7-0.25, a mark that ended the season at US No. 7. 

But early the next April, he was already ready for a big mark, and the Apex Relays would set the stage for a stellar final year for the future Campbell Univesity athlete. 

It wasn't long until McBride was the only athlete left registering attempts. Only one other athlete cleared a height of 6-8. 

And soon enough,  he raised the bar to 7-feet even, a height no one had ever cleared that height in 39 years. 

Check out the attempt above.  

Apex Lions Relays High Jump Results

1	Charles McBride	12	Apex	7-00.00		1
2	Kendall Artis	11	Rolesville High School	6-08.00		1
3	Adam Kaakati	11	Green Hope	6-04.00		1
4	Vander Simmons	12	Athens Drive	6-02.00		1
5	Jon Barnes	12	Cleveland High School	6-02.00		1
6	Laderrick Neville	12	Northern Durham	6-00.00		1
7	Chase Hattley	10	Panther Creek	6-00.00		1
8	Mark Riegel	12	Cardinal Gibbons	6-00.00		1

Retrospective: McBride certainly wasn't finished there. In 2019, he had yet to win a North Carolina Class 4A state track and field championship. But he accomplished that feat in May, posting an overall PR of 7 feet, 1 inch, which was fourth all-time in the state. He also would go on to qualify for the Pan American U20 Championships in Costa Rica, finishing second at the USATF Junior Championiships. At Pan Ams, he cleared 7-feet once more, finishing with the silver after a height of 7-0.25. Not to be overshadowed, McBride wasn't just a one-trick pony. He also scored personal bests of 22-feet in the long jump and 47-3.25 in the triple jump. 

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