Trey Tintinger traveled to Sacramento State for the USATF Junior Olympics and brought back a gold medal and new record in the 13-14 boys’ high jump. Tintinger’s record jump of 6-6 3/4 is also a new personal best.
“What was going through my mind was,” Tintinger said. “I hope I make this jump.”
Records don’t come easy. After clearing 6-1 to win gold, the Helena native told the official to set the bar height at 6-5, the Junior Olympic record.
“I think I cleared it one time in practice,” Tintinger said. “I’m pretty sure that was a lucky clear.”
After clearing 6-5, content sent in for the future Helena High Bengal. However, his coach Andrew Mozer thought he could jump higher.
“After he made it, I thought two meters was just a good flat number to try,” Mozer said.
“I told coach before, I think when I break this record I’m going to be done and stop,” Tintinger said.
Two meters equates to 6-6 ¾ inches. Tintinger’s first two attempts didn’t instill confidence in his coach.
“He hit his head every day in practice,” Mozer said. “I thought it was fitting that it happened there.”
On his third and final attempt and with his face on the big screen inside the stadium, he hit the bar. The bar moved but stayed on the stands.
“I thought it was off because I hit [the bar] with my butt,” Tintinger said. “Then I looked and saw it was on and I was like Whoa.”
Tintinger plans to relax the rest of the summer. Helena’s incoming 6-foot-4 freshman is also a basketball player.
“He works on dunks, layups and all the skills,” Coach Mozer said. “And of that is just going to help him take off.”
Next spring, Tintinger hopes to clear 6-8 to 6-10, both high enough to win a AA state title last year.