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Big Sky's Hayes Jumping For a Repeat

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After a jump off last year in the AA state track meet to determine a winner, Big Sky's Coleman Hayes got first place in the high jump. After winning the title, expectations this year are certainly there.

'Last year I think he was hoping to win.  This year when he gets out there he expects to win, and when you perform,  and practice with a lot of confidence, you get better and better, and he's been able to do that," says Big Sky head coach Dan Nile

As the defending champ, Hayes is still incredibly humble.  He's already bested his own winning mark…and there are several other high jumpers across the state who have eclipsed his winning mark of 6 foot four inches, meaning the state meet will no doubt be competitive.

"It depends on whose feeling the best, whose having the better day.  We're so equally matched it's going to be an interesting run," says the senior Coleman Hayes.

He's humble, but he's also confident, and Hayes came into the Big Sky track program with major expectations.

"The day I met him, he said I'm going to get the school record as a freshman.  As I told you earlier, he was not impressive.  I just looked at him and thought 'oh my gosh, where are you coming from?'  But I knew coming into this year that is a legitimate goal, and he's right there, and the way he thinks, not every kid can do this.  But for him it's not a stretch to go from 6'3 to 6'9 in one race," says Big Sky high jump coach Mark Halland.

The current school record at Big Sky is 6 feet, 9 inches in the high jump.  Hayes has yet to do that in a meet, but has in practice.  He's improved by nearly 6 inches every year he's been in the Big Sky program…and he credits a lot of that on enhancing his form.

"Form is absolutely huge in high jump.  It can determine the difference of a half foot in some cases.  It's something you really need to focus on, and it's not just form over the bar, but it's form on your approach, and form on your plant.  It's never just one thing usually, when you're jumping, because as soon as you fix one thing, there's something else that's popping up," says Hayes.
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