Teams coordinated by Fred Baer, founder, Track and Field Writers of America. Boys selections by Jack Shepard, high school editor of Track and Field News.
Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY and Track and Field News national lists and the number of top performances, along with head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.
Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Noah Lyles, Williams (Alexandria. Va.)
Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year: Doug Soles, Great Oaks (Temecula, Calif.)
Below are the athletes selected for jumps (high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump). Returning ALL-USA selections are denoted with asterisks (*).
w = wind-aided (more than 2.0 meters a second). i = performed indoors.
VERTICAL JUMPS (high jump, pole vault)
School: Mt. Pleasant (San Jose, Calif.)
Height, Events: 7-3 1/4, HJ
School: Park Hill (Kansas City, Mo.)
Height, Events: 18-4 1/2, PV
School: Lafayette, La.
Height, Events: 18-0, PV
School: Yukon, Okla.
Height, Events: 7-4 1/2, HJ
TRACKINGS: Duplantis has now set freshman and sophomore class records and is the youngest to clear 18 feet. He has also surpassed the 17-11 3/4 family record set by his father Greg in 1981 – which was then the high school record. With Nilsen’s record smashing pacing the vaulters this season at 18-4 1/2, there remains just nine high schoolers who have ever cleared 18 feet. The South Dakota recruit became the first prep to go over 18 feet four times. Turner (and second team pick Noah Martin) both made it to the U.S. Olympic Trials in the high jump but failed to advance in the rain-hampered qualifying round. California state high jump champion Carbin won the USATF Junior National title.
School: Clay (Lexington, Ky.)
Height, Events: 7-2 1/4, HJ
School: Marina (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Height, Events: 17-2, PV
School: University (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Height, Events: 7-3, HJ
HORIZONTAL JUMPS (long jump, triple jump)
School: Beacon, N.Y.
Distance, Events: 25-4 3/4 (26-0 1/4i), LJ
School: Permian (Odessa, Texas)
Distance, Events: 49-9 3/4, TJ
School: Grant (Portland, Ore.)
Distance, Events: 25-3 1/4, LJ
School: Cahokia, Ill.
Distance, Events: 25-6 3/4, LJ
TRACKINGS: Ward led the outdoor season lists in both horizontal jumps and bounced back from an early May dislocated kneecap to win the USATF Junior National long jump title. He ranks fifth on the all-time high school triple jump list. Grey, after becoming only the third high school athlete to long jump over 26 feet indoors, had a great outdoor season that included titles at the NB Nationals and Penn Relays, in addition to the New York state championship. Texas state champ Neboh was the NB Nationals triple jump winner and the top high school finisher at the USATF Nationals.
School: Oakmont (Roseville, Calif.)
Distance, Event: 25-5, LJ
School: Northside (Lafayette, La.)
Distance, Event: 50-11 3/4, TJ