Trey Tintinger cleared a state best 6 feet, 9 inches in the high jump on his first attempt in Great Falls, (MTN SPORTS PHOTO)

GREAT FALLS – Trey Tintinger is starting to love Memorial Stadium.

Returning to the high jump pits where the Helena High freshman cleared 6-09 earlier this season, Tintinger brought the crowd back to its feet on Saturday during Helena High’s meet against Great Falls CMR. Tintinger cleared 6-11, a new stadium record, and is believed to have set the world record for a 14-year-old high jumper.

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Tintinger’s 6-09 jump earlier this season ranked first in the nation for freshmen high jumpers. Saturday’s clearing of 6-11 would put him into a tie for 15th in the country, if marks were to stand. Vernon Turner, a senior from Oklahoma, holds the nation’s top jump of 7-06.

Tintinger set the American youth record last July, clearing 6-06.75 in Sacramento. Later this month he will have a chance to break the Class AA state meet record of 7-01, set by Mark Koefelda of Missoula Hellgate in 1993.

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