King Sets Higher Goals after Record-Setting Triple Jump

COLUMBIA - Liberty High senior Keyshawn King set a new high school boys outdoor U.S. No. 1 mark in the triple jump Saturday, with a leap of 51 feet, 4 inches at the Bojangles' Track and Field Classic held at Spring Valley.

King edged Jonathan Miller of the
St. Michael School in Barbados by a little over one foot.

The new high mark for King was 1 inch better than his previous best set a month ago at the
Golden Corner Invitational in Seneca.

King, who will enroll at
Stanford University this fall, turned in his best jump on his final attempt, smiling and clapping his hands as he exited the pit.

King jumped 49 feet, 7 inches in his first attempt, then scratched on his second try before landing his record leap on his final attempt.

"Everyone out here was jumping big, but the pressure was forcing me over the edge," King said. "Right as I landed on my last attempt, I looked back and I knew it was out there. I didn't expect it to be a 51-4," he said.

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Miller, who jumped immediately after King in the finals, scratched on all three attempts. His final, non-qualifying effort measured 51 feet, 5 inches.

"It was a great jump, and I think it would have won had I not faulted," Miller said following the competition.

"I was confident and relaxed going into the competition, but I was inconsistent in the competition," Miller said.

    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind Points
  1 King, Keyshawn            12 Liberty               51-04.25   1.4  10   
  2 Miller, Jonathan          11 The St. Mich          50-02.00  +0.0   8   
  3 Snyder, Kevin             11 Christ School         49-03.25   1.5   6   
  4 Phillips, Andru           10 Mauldin               49-01.00   NWI   5   
  5 Alexander, Christopher    11 Rocky River           48-02.00   NWI   4   
  6 Weathers, Darius          12 Irmo                  46-08.25   NWI   3   
  7 Haddock, Jr, Eric         12 Southeast Raleigh     46-07.75   NWI   2   
  8 Saddler, Richie           12 Greer                 46-05.50   NWI   1   

Miller's best qualifying leap measured 50 feet, 2 inches.

King has set some lofty goals for the months ahead, including hopes of competing in the NCAA championships next year as a college freshman.
  He also hopes to jump 53 feet in the not-to-distant future.

"That's always my top-end goal," he said. "It keeps me from putting a cap on myself and getting complacent."

King's jump Saturday broke the previous Bojangles' Classic record of 50 feet, 10 inches, set in 1997 by
Greg Yeldell of North Rowan High in Spencer, N.C.