Rayvon Gray hits No. 3 all-time indoor long jump at New Balance Nationals

Rayvon Gray hits No. 3 all-time indoor long jump at New Balance Nationals

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Rayvon Gray hits No. 3 all-time indoor long jump at New Balance Nationals

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Beacon’s Rayvon Gray set the New York State record in the long jump.

Beacon’s Rayvon Gray set the New York State record in the long jump.

Beacon (N.Y.) High track star Rayvon Grey earned a national championship in the long jump, setting a New York State record and hitting the No. 3 all-time high school long jump indoors and No. 6 all-time overall.

His leap of 26 feet, one-quarter inches at the New Balance Nationals at The Armory in Manhattan was the first time a high school long jumper had cleared 26 feet since 1989, according to Mile Split.

The state record was 25-7.75, held by Marvin Forde since 1993.

Grey is heading to LSU after his finishes his high school career this spring.

“I remember hearing the measurement and everybody coming down to tell me how good the jump was. …I was happy, and jumping around,” Grey said.

Grey’s trial jump of 25-8 was good enough alone to set the state and meet records, but he wanted more.

Beacon coach Jim Henry said of Grey’s standout performance: “We are obviously very excited by watching a historical performance occur, but there is already a little anticipation for (Sunday) when he competes in the triple jump and attempts a national championship double.”

Contributing: USA TODAY High School Sports

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