Beacon High School’s Rayvon Grey did it again. The senior jumped 24 feet, 3-1/2 inches to be crowned national champion in the long jump at the New Balance Nationals outdoor track and field event on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“I felt like I had a really good chance of winning,” Grey said. “But what I ended up jumping wasn’t what I really wanted (Sunday).”
What with all of Grey’s success lately, who could blame him for raising the bar? The LSU-bound jumper only last week broke Olympian Bob Beamon’s state record en-route of clinching yet another state title in the long jump.
Next week, Grey says, he’s heading down to California for the Junior National trials. “Going in (to the trials) I know what I need to work on; and I’m getting fired up for the competition.”
Also on Sunday, fellow Bulldog David Adams set a personal record in the 400-meter hurdles (54.11) in the “emerging elite” category for fourth place and to earn his first national champion medal. The senior is off to Northeastern University in the fall.
Terrel Davis competed in the long jump alongside teammate Grey, but he was unable to place on account of an injury. “I was hoping I would get one good jump in (Sunday), but it didn’t happen.” Not to worry, Davis too has bright days ahead in collegiate competition — he has signed with the University of Hartford.
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