SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Helena High senior Trey Tintinger is the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic high jump champion for the fourth consecutive year.
Tintinger, who holds the all-class state high school record for Montana and the national record in the 13-14 age division, cleared 6 feet, 10.75 inches to win the 17-18 age group Sunday in 105-degree heat at Hornet Stadium.
Tintinger, a two-time Montana Class AA state champion, then barely missed at 7-0½.
"He really jumped incredibly well," said Jesse Zentz, head coach of the Helena Novas Youth Track & Field and Cross Country Club where Tintinger trains. "To perform the way he did was really impressive. With three national championships already in the bag, to go down there with that pressure and target on his back it’s really amazing."
Zentz wasn't in Sacramento but followed Tintinger and the Novas' five other competitors online.
"He’s been a the top of the game for four years now," Zentz said. "By setting that record when he was a 13-14-year-old in 2016, he obviously raised the bar pretty high for himself, and establishing the all-class record his freshman year (in high school) ... talk about setting the bar high. Continuing to perform at such a high level can’t be easy with the pressure that must come with that."
Tintinger was out with an injury and missed an opportunity to win his third state high jump championship as a junior in May. Zentz said he's eager to see how Tintinger performs entering his final year of high school at Helena.
"I'm sure he’s hoping to get back to the top of the state in the high jump," Zentz said. "I'm assuming just knowing Trey he really wants to break his own record and set a mark nobody will break for a long time. He’s a competitive kid and incredibly talented and I'd love to see him put that kind of work in. He definitely has earned the victory he had today."