Adam Timo, the running back from Snow Canyon High near St. George tied a 26-year old high jump record at one of the largest high school track meets in the country on Saturday.
Timo had a leap of 7-0, defeating Taylorsville’s Mike Staker. Earlier this track season, Timo broke the Utah state high school record with a leap of 7-2.
Timo, a junior, pledged to sign with BYU’s football program a year ago after his sophomore year and is the first in the class of 2009 to do so with Bronco Mendenhall.
At the meet, Timo almost cleared 7-3 on his final try. Had he made it, he would have med the B standard for the U.S. Olympic trials.
“Yeah, it was pretty close,” Timo told reporters. “The (B standard) has been in the back of my mind, but I’m just trying to beat my best every meet and keep improving.”
The BYU invitational is host to athletes from all over the region. Timo will get other opportunities this season to improve on his state mark of 7-2 including the state track meet later this month.