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Green captures AAU title with meet record

Posted Jul 15, 2012 by TBO Staff

Updated Jul 15, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Hillsborough senior Jeremiah Green soared past the 50-foot mark in the triple jump for the seventh time this year by capturing first place in the event at Sunday’s AAU National Club Championships staged at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.

This time, Green recorded a meet record distance of 50 feet, 5.5 inches to take the AAU crown for his Tampa Trailblazers team. His winning mark bettered the old record, set in 1998, by more than two feet.

Green’s personal best for the triple jump remains 50-10.25, a mark he recorded to win the New Balance Outdoor National Championships earlier this summer in North Carolina. But ever since he went 50-3.5 to win the Class 3A state title in May, Green has been crashing through the 50-foot barrier on a regular basis.

“He’s been pretty consistent at 50 feet for quite a while now,” said Hillsborough track coach Joe Sipp. “The thing we’re going to work on next season is his long jump. He can do a lot better there.”

Indeed, Green’s 50-footers in the triple jump should probably be translating into 24-foot long jumps. But his personal best remains 23-9.25, a mark he got as a sophomore. At the AAU meet this weekend, Green was fourth in the long jump at 23-4.25.

Green’s efforts in track this season has earned him numerous track scholarship offers, including from track powerhouses Louisiana State and Texas A&M. Sipp said both schools have done home visits with Green this month and LSU wants to bring Green to Baton Rouge for an official visit the weekend the Tigers host Alabama in football. Green is also a starting defensive back for Hillsborough’s football team.

Green’s performances this weekend qualified him for the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Aug. 1-4 in Houston. But due to the costs of travel and lodging, Sipp said Green will likely be unable to attend that meet. Any individual or business interested in sponsoring Green for the meet should contact Sipp at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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