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Helena’s Trey Tintinger adds 4th USATF Junior Olympic high jump championship

Posted: 7:35 AM, Jul 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-29 11:13:44-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Make room on the trophy shelf, Trey Tintinger.

The Helena High senior-to-be captured a fourth consecutive high jump title in the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics Championships on Sunday, clearing 2.10 meters (6 feet, 10.75 inches) in the 17-18 age division.

It was the fourth title in as many years at the prestigious summer event for Tintinger, who owns the Montana all-class high jump record (7-01.5) and set a national 13-14 age division record at the 2016 USATF Junior Olympic Championships (6-6.75).

Tintinger opened the event at 1.95 meters and cleared on his first attempt, then needed two stabs at 2.00 meters (6-6.75). After missing his first two jumps at 2.05 meters, Tintinger cleared, leaving just he and fellow jumper Joseph Ruddell, who was competing unattached.

Ruddell, who had less missed attempts than Tintinger entering the 2.10-meter height, missed all three attempts, while Tintinger cleared on his third try to secure the title. He then missed thrice at 2.15 meters (7 feet, 0.5 inches).

Tintinger’s national win comes two months after he missed his first Class AA state track and field meet, unable to defend his State AA titles from 2017 and 2018. Billings Skyview’s Julius Mims won the 2019 state high jump championship.

Tintinger will be a senior at Helena High this school year.