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Ohio's top high school boys track and field athletes: Meet the state’s best jumpers

Who are the top jumpers in Ohio high school boys track and field this season?
Photo by Mike Cook

Photo by Mike Cook

Over the past few weeks, we've been taking a look at some of the top track and field athletes in Ohio.

We started with the top sprinters in the girls division and then the top boys sprinters, followed by girls distance runners and boys distance runners.

Next up were the boys hurdlers, girls hurdlersboys throwers and girls throwers, and now it's the boys jumpers' turn.

There are hundreds of standout jumpers in Ohio, and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive! Tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @SBLiveOH and let us know about other athletes worthy of fans’ attention.

Note: Many athletes excel in multiple events, but we didn't do write-ups on the same athlete on multiple lists. For example, some of the state's best jumpers might already be on the list of the state's best hurdlers or sprinters.

David Adams, Indian Valley, senior

Adams has the top pole vault in the state this season with a 16'0.75, which set the school record at Indian Valley. His PR last year was a 15'0.

Joel Addo, Olentangy Orange, senior

Addo keeps improving his PR in the long jump, leaping 21'9.5 during the indoor season and then 22'0.5 last week at the Freedom Relays.

Andrew Beten, Strongsville, senior

The Penn State commit won a state title in the high jump during the indoor season at 6'7 and cleared his PR of 6'8 last outdoor season

Brandon Cromer, Cincinnati Taft, senior

Cromer eclipsed his PR in the high jump this season with a 6'8.5, tops in the state this season. The basketball star also beat Ohio's best high jump from 2021 by half an inch.

Sammy Deep, Carroll, junior

The three-sport star (basketball and soccer are the others) exploded for a PR of 22'7.25 in the long jump at the Eastern Relays, good for third in the state this season.

Jack De Francesco, Hilliard Bradley, senior

The North Carolina commit finished second at the Division I state championships last year in the pole vault. He had the top pole vault of any non-senior in Ohio last year with a 16'6. 

Pierce Doyle, Beavercreek, senior

Doyle has the second-best high jump in the state this season with a PR of 6'7. The Oakland University commit has his eye set on clearing 7 feet.

Joey Farthing, Dover, senior

The Youngstown State commit for football was one of the best high jumpers in the state last year, clearing 6'7. And he's set school records this year in the long jump (23'0.5) and 100 meters (10.74).

DJ Fillmore, Licking Heights, junior

Fillmore is leading the state so far this season with a long jump of 23'6.25. He entered the season with the fourth-longest jump among 2021 returners, and is also among the state's best sprinters.

Ryne Shackelford, Keystone, junior

Shackelford is an extraordinary athlete who holds the school record in the 100, 200 and long jump, in addition to being a star wide receiver on the football field. His PR in the long jump last year of 23'0.5 was third among non-seniors.

Blake Sifferlin, St. Vincent-St. Mary, senior

Sifferlin had the top pole vault of the indoor season, clearing 16'0. He recently cleared 15'6 as he tries to gain momentum during a season stymied by brutal weather.

Alex Smith, Hilliard Darby, senior

From sprinting to long jumping to triple jumping to high jumping, the Indiana commit can do it all. He finished second in the long jump (23'7.25) and seventh in the high jump (6'4) in the Division I state meet last year and won a state title in the triple jump (45'4) this indoor season.

Joey Walker, Jonathan Alder, senior

The Penn State commit is the defending Division II state champ in the high jump, clearing 6'8. He recently jumped 6'6 at Marysville High School. 

Jayden Wayne, Little Miami, junior

Wayne has the best triple jump in the state this season at 42'2.5, good for a new school record. The mark would have been fourth in Ohio last year.

Romearo Wells, Gahanna Lincoln, junior

Wells is starting to get hot in the long jump, consistently eclipsing 21 feet and setting a PR of 21'11 and climbing this season. He also excels in the sprints and as a cornerback on the football field.