MA Outdoor T&F Preview: Boys' Jumping Events

The indoor season saw a few of our athletes takes their talent to another level.

Last year, Old Rochester's Danny Renwick generally hovered in the 6-2, 6-3 range in the high jump with an all-time best of 6-5 at the New Balance Nationals. Renwick captured the vertical leap this winter with a PB of 6-10, a height that tied for No. 8 nationally. In the long jump, Milton's outstanding tenth-grader Smith Charles leaped a PB of 23-2, more than three feet further than what he did as a freshman.

Could we see more athletes pick up their games this spring? Time will only tell.

Renwick, who was a runner-up at the New England Championships, is the person to keep and eye on this season in the high jump based on what he did during indoor. But he should have plenty of company to push him to new heights, and a possible seven-footer this spring. Three other high-jumpers that have cleared 6-6 or better this past season. St. John Prep's Nikolas Reardon finished second to Renwick at the State Meet with a PB of 6-8 and then took third at the New England Championships where he cleared a height of 6-7. Milton's Charles and Burlington's Fernando Lamin have both done 6-6. Lamin was third at the recent State Meet. He is also the top returnee from the 2016 outdoor championship where he placed second overall with a best of 6-8.

North Andover's Matthew Manteiga (third, 21-8.25)),  Matignon's Yale Duffy (fifth, 21-5.75) and Martha's Vineyard's Ennis Foster (eighth, 21-0.25) all made it to the podium in the long jump at last year's State Meet. There's eight more that have gone further than 21 feet. But it's the versatile Charles that stands alone. He's the only person to exceed 23 feet. He'll be tough to beat in this event. Among the other 21-plus footers are Boston College High's Michael Mecha (22-1.5), a second-place finisher at the indoor states, St. John Prep's Reardon (22-1), Case's Jase Garner (21-4.5), North Attleboro's Omar Joseph (21-1), Attleboro's Isaiah Rodriguez (21-1) and Brookline's Sam Feingold-Gardener (21-1).

In last year's triple jump, just 6.25 inches separated the top three finishers with St. John Prep's Nate Hobbs, a sophomore, winning the individual title with a leap of 45-9.5. Mecha was third at 45-3.25. Both would exceed 47 feet during the season with Mecha hitting a state-leading and PR of 47-3.75 and Hobbs achieving a best of 47-3.25. On paper, it looks like these two returness could lock horns at the State Meet with an outside chance to come close to the 50-foot barrier. Lamin, the Eastern Division 3 winner, and Beverly's Hugh Calice, the Eastern Div. 2 victor,  are among others that have a chance to contend for top placements with best of 45-0.5 and 44-9.5, respectively.

The pole vault belongs to North Andover's Erick Duffy. Duffy, who is the defending state champion, finished sixth at the New Balance Nationals in mid June. He set a state mark of 16-6 the same weekend by capturing the Hudson Valley Flying Circus Academy Championships in New York. The question isn't whether or not Duffy can win another state crown. The question is will he clear a milestone 17 feet this spring? In most years, that would be a height that could win a national title. Not this year (or next for that matter).  Louisiana's Armand "Mondo" Duplantis has that all but secured. The gifted junior recently cleared an unheard indoor national mark of 19-1 at New Balance Nationals. As for the Bay State, Duffy is nearly three feet higher than his closest rival, Westborough's Isaiah Powers, who has a best of 14-0. Chicopee Comprehensive's Derek Girouard has done 13-6. Other 13-footers are Greenfield's Silvian Popusoi (13-3), Westborugh's Jacob Borgia (13-0) and Lincoln-Sudbury's Breylen Ammen (13-0).