ALL-USA Boys Track and Field: Jumps

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ALL-USA Boys Track and Field: Jumps


ALL-USA Boys Track and Field: Jumps


The American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Track and Field Teams were coordinated by Fred Baer, founder of Track and Field Writers of America with selections by Jack Shepard, high school editor of Track and Field News.

Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY Sports 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.

Athletes are listed alphabetically in each general event area. Races in meters unless noted. Field events in feet and inches.

Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Mondo Duplantis, Lafayette (La.)

Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year: Juris Green, The Woodlands (Texas)



Long Sprints and Middle Distance



Here are the athletes selected in the vertical jumps (high jump and pole vault) and the horizontal jumps (long jump and triple jump). Returning ALL-USA selections are denoted with asterisks (*).

HSR = all-time U.S. high school record mark.
w = wind-aided (more than 2.0 meters a second).
i = performed indoors.
* = repeat All-USA performer.


Tate Curran
School: Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Year: Senior
Height, event: 17-3 in pole vault

*Mondo Duplantis
School: Lafayette (La.)
Year: Junior
Height, event: 19-4 1/4 in pole vault (HSR).

Jakobe Ford
School: Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.)
Year: Senior
Height, event: 7-3 3/4 in high jump.

*Vernon Turner
School: Yukon (Okla.)
Year: Senior
Height, event: 7-6 in high jump.

ALL-USA repeaters Duplantis, the ALL-USA Athlete of the Year, and Turner stood out among high school athletes.

After jumping over 7 feet in nine meets and winning titles at the Oklahoma state 6A and Great Southwest Invitational meets, Turner decided to take the summer off before entering Oklahoma in the fall — content with his No. 2 all-time ranking. Last year he qualified for and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials but did not advance in the rain-hampered qualifying. round.

Curran was the Arcadia Invitational and California high school pole vault champion.


Daniel Claxton
School: Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.)
Year: Senior
Height, event: 7-1½ in high jump.

K.C. Lightfoot
School: Lee’s Summit (Mo.)
Year: Junior
Height, event: 17-8 1/2 in pole vault

Horizontal Jumps FIRST TEAM

Jequan Hogan
School: Fountain-Ft. Carson (Fountain, Colo.)
Year: Junior
Distance, event: 50-7 1/4 in triple jump.

Hasani Knight
School: Landstown (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Year: Senior
Distance, event: 51-3 1/4 in triple jump.

Desmond Ledell
School: River Bluff (Lexington, S.C.)
Year: Senior
Distance, event: 50-6 in triple jump.

Jalen Seals
School: Boswell (Fort Worth)
Year: Senior
Distance, event: 24-6 1/2 in long jump; 50-4 3/4 (51-4w) in triple jump.

Ledell won the New Balance Nationals triple jump. Miami-bound Knight was the season triple jumpleader.

Seals, who is headed to Balyor, was the best combination long and triple jumper and had the best all-conditions triple jump (wind-aided 51-4).


Darius Henderson
School: Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Year: Junior
Height, event: 25-5 1/4 in long jump.

Sanjay Kettels
School: St. Marys Prep (Berkeley, Calif.)
Year: Senior
Height, event: 24-5½ in long jump.


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