On Saturday afternoon, Jyles Etienne ’17 took 2nd place in the high jump, securing three points to help Indiana University top the University of Tennessee, 64-58, in Bloomington.
The junior passed at 6′ 1.5″, 6′ 3.5″, 6′ 5.5″, 6′ 7.5″, and 6′ 9.5″ before clearing 6′ 11.5″ and 7′ 1.5″ on his first attempts. He then dropped the bar at 7′ 3.25″ on his first attempt before electing to skip ahead to 7′ 4.5″ with his remaining two attempts after his lone remaining opponent, Tennessee’s Darryl Sullivan, rose above 7′ 3.25″ on his second attempt. Etienne failed to clear on his last two attempts and settled for 2nd while Sullivan cleared 7′ 4.5″ on his first attempt to overtake Etienne for the national lead. Etienne cleared 7′ 3.75″ on December 13 in the Hoosier Open and has stood atop the national rankings for nearly a month. He remains the #2 ranked high jumper in America.
The 7-foot mark used to be a precious milestone for Etienne, but has become a new normal for him after soaring above the mark in his last six meets and in 12 career competitions as a Hoosier, not to mention the three times he topped the threshold in high school.
The Hoosiers are currently ranked 5th in the country in the latest USTFCCCA rankings from January 8.
|1.||Darryl Hamilton||Tennessee||7′ 4.5″|
|2.||Jyles Etienne||Indiana||7′ 1.5″|
|3.||Ethan Campbell||Tennessee||6′ 9.5″|
|4.||Grayson Rolen||Indiana||6′ 3.5″|
|5.||Matt McCown||Indiana||6′ 3.5″ (J)|