And just like that, a magical threes years are over.
Jyles Etienne ended his Stony Brook career on Saturday afternoon by finishing 4th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals high jump championship in Greensboro, NC. Though he did not attain his goal of winning the event after his runner-up finish a season ago, his performance was nonetheless an impressive one.
After his Suffolk County record-setting 7′ 2.5″ leap at the St. Anthony’s Invitational in early May, he experienced discomfort in his plant foot that steadily grew worse. He was able to repeat as the Division III Champion at the end of May but did not attempt a jump past 6′ 6″ due to the pain. The injury kept him out of the Suffolk County and New York State Championships, costing him the opportunity to defend each of those crowns. The pain improved enough for him to jump last Saturday and, far from his top form and nearly a month removed from competition, he was able to muster a final leap that earned him All-American status for a second straight year.
Etienne passed at the first two heights of 6′ 4.25″ and 6′ 6.25″ before clearing 6′ 8.25″ on his second attempt. He cleared 6′ 10.25″ on his second attempt as well, to assure himself of at least a 4th place finish, before bowing out on his three attempts at 7′ 0.25″.
As Etienne moves on to Indiana University, he closes one of the greatest careers in the 95 years of Stony Brook Athletics.
New Balance High Jump Championship Top 10 Results
|1.||Daniel Claxton||Nesconset, NY||7′ 0.25″|
|2.||Nate Patterson||Plymouth, IN||7′ 0.25″ (J)|
|3.||Safir Scott||Greenwich, CT||7′ 0.25″ (J)|
|4.||Jyles Etienne||Stony Brook, NY||6′ 10.25″|
|5.||Fernando Lamin||Burlington, MA||6′ 8.25″|
|6.||Carl Nesbitt||Vestavia Hills, AL||6′ 8.25″ (J)|
|7.||Albert Kalala||Cincinnati, OH||6′ 8.25″ (J)|
|8.||Augustus Karweh||Providence, RI||6′ 8.25″ (J)|
|9.||Preston Swiggart||Houston, TX||6′ 8.25″ (J)|
|10.||Trey Causey||Winchester, VA||6′ 8.25″ (J)|