Montana: 14 year-old jumps 7-1.5 in the high jump

You could tell that something special was happening when most of the action on the Charlie Merrifield Track at Butte’s Bulldog Memorial Stadium came to a stop early Friday afternoon.

It was Day 1 of the State Class AA Championships, which meant that there should have been a constant flow of activity throughout the stadium. Instead, the focus was on the north end of the venue, where the boys were competing in the high jump.

Helena High freshman Trey Tintinger had already won the event after surpassing the 6-foot-3 height that was reached by Glacier’s Hunter Nicholson, the runner-up.

But Tintinger wasn’t finished.

He asked that the bar be raised to 7-feet. He cleared it, moving to within one inch of the state record that had been set by Hellgate’s Mark Koefelda in 1993.

Tintinger felt he had another good jump left so he went for the record by asking that the bar be moved to 7-1 ½.

He missed on his first two attempts at the new height. He became the state record holder on his final try, unleashing a celebration that left him buried beneath several of his Helena High teammates. MONTANA STANDARD

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