This afternoon, on the 29th of February no less, Jyles Etienne ’17 leapt his way into the history books with a victory at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, held at SPIRE Institute. The junior, who won Division, County, State, and Federation titles in his time at the Brook, now has a Big Ten Championship medal to hang alongside them.
The former Bear was the top seed entering the meet thanks to the career best 7′ 3.75″ mark he put up at the Hoosier Open in December. He passed at the first two heights of 6′ 6″ and 6′ 8″ before clearing 6′ 9.75″ on his first attempt, along with just eight jumpers in a field of 21.
Etienne proceeded to 6′ 11.75″, clearing on his first attempt. He faltered on his first attempt at 7′ 1.75″, but cleared on his next attempt to move on with four other competitors. At 7′ 3.75″, Etienne matched his career best in what would prove to be a crucial first jump conversion. Minnesota’s Michael Burke cleared on his second attempt, giving Etienne the tiebreaker if both failed at the next height.
Both jumpers passed at 7′ 5″ and moved on to 7′ 5.25″ where they each bowed out after three attempts. Etienne had one fewer jump at the previous cleared height, giving him the crown, one year after earning the bronze. His ten individual points were crucial for Indiana as they edged Iowa for the men’s Big Ten title 120.5-107. It is the 19th indoor title in Hoosier men’s track history and their first since 2017.
Etienne’s victory earned him All-Big Ten First Team honors and placed him in a long lineage of Hoosier indoor high jump champions alongside Jim Harper (’51), Cal Boyd (’54), Reggie Sheppard (’60 & ’61), Cornelius Miller (’62), Gary Haupert (’69), Dennis Adama (’72-’74), Bob Berry (’79), Ron Jones (’82 & ’84), and Derek Drouin (’10-’13). His winning jump of 7′ 3.75″ is the third-highest winning mark in Big Ten Indoor Championship history and the second-highest winning mark in Indiana history behind Drouin’s trio of 7′ 5″ finishes.
Etienne’s victory was also the 15th collegiate conference track title secured by Stony Brook alumni as he joined Tonnie Coane ’59, Robin Lingle ’60 (7), Glenn Ogden ’65 (2), Don Lockerbie ’75, Kevin Lockerbie ’77, and Alex Van Tuyl ’08 (2) on an esteemed list.
Big Ten High Jump Top 5 Results
|1.||Jyles Etienne||Indiana||7′ 3.75″|
|2.||Michael Burke||Minnesota||7′ 3.75″ (J)|
|3.||Perry Christie||Rutgers||7′ 1.75″|
|4.||Mayson Conner||Nebraska||7′ 1.75″ (J)|
|5.||Jonathan Wells||Illinois||7′ 1.75″ (J)|