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ACV/Union’s Smith Wins AAU Junior Olympic High Jump Title

Hayden Smith, a member of the A-C Valley/Union Track & Field team, won the AAU National Jr. Championship in the high jump. Submitted photo

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A-C Valley/Union’s Hayden Smith won the AAU Junior Olympic national high jump title Wednesday with a leap of 6-feet, 10 3/4-inches.

Watch Smith’s jump. Submitted video

Smith, a soon-to-be junior at Union High School, won both the District 9 (6-5) and PIAA (6-5) Class 2A titles in the spring had a season-best jump of 6-9 during the high school season.

Smith talked about his accomplishment

To put Smith’s jump in context, the District 9 Class 2A championship meet record is 6-9 set by Clarion’s Mario Bernardi in 1999 and the PIAA Class 2A championship meet record is 7-1 set by Sheffield’s Matt Benson in 1992 when Sheffield was a member of District 10.

Submitted photo

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