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Forde Sets Triple Jump State Record at the USATF U20 Championships

Created at 6/25/2019 12:53 PM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 6/25/2019 12:53 PM  by Ron Knapp 

By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden and Ron Knapp

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For two years Justin Forde has been mentioned as a potential state record holder in three separate events. The recent graduate of Brien McMahon High School has been close to the state records in the long, high and triple jumps. His best long jump, which was his weakest event until this year, is 24-6.25, only a half foot behind Josh Fournier’s 18-year old record. His best high jump is 7’0, which was only a half inch lower than the state record held by Chet Ellis of Staples. Now, after nine jumps over 50-feet this season, Forde finally got what he wanted after he jumped 52’10” to finish second at the USATF U20 National Championship in Miramar, Florida on Sunday.


Justin Forde leaped to a Triple Jump Outdoor State Record (photo courtesy of John Nepolitan)

“I was just waiting to pop this out because I knew I had this in me. That’s why I came to this meet” Forde said after the competition. “I had more to prove and I wasn’t done with my high school career.”

The honors kept coming for the McMahon senior. He was recently named Connecticut Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguished Forde as Connecticut’s best high school boys track & field athlete.

Forde, who has committed to the University of Miami improved on Rayford Sutton of Hillhouse’s 25-year old triple jump record 51’10.5”. Forde’s jump also gives him the best jump in the country this year and the #14 all-time prep triple jump performance.

Going Finishes Off His Scholastic Career

In the same meet, Danbury’s Malcolm Going finished off his high school career finishing 12th in 1:54.01 which was a little off his state leading time of 1:52.23 from the Brooks PR Invitational last weekend. The senior, who holds the New England indoor record of 1:50.85, has committed to American University in Washington D.C.


(photo courtesy of John Nepolitan)

Farrell Scores 4th Place in 5k

Matthew Farrell of Glastonbury and Loomis Chaffee placed fourth in the 5000m Run in a time of 15:06.03 behind the winning time of 14:52.47 by Grant Gardner of Utah. Farrell’s performance followed his recent victory in the 3000m Run at the NEPSTA Division 1 Championship.


(photo courtesy of John Nepolitan)

CT Alumni Finish Freshman Years Strong

Some Connecticut Alumni also took part in the meet. Alexis Holmes, formerly of Cheshire Academy, competed in the 400m Dash with the New Haven Age Group Track Club and finished second in 51.52. The Penn State freshman was a Division I All American in the 400m this past indoor season and was Big Ten champion in the event as well.


(photo courtesy of John Nepolitan)

James Maniscalco of the University of Connecticut took fifth in the 10k finishing in 32:36.00. The Fairfield Warde alumnus qualified for the meet with his eighth-place finish at the recent American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, running 31:14.13.


(photo courtesy of John Nepolitan)

Amanda Howe of Southington, the 2018 State Open champion in the shot put, discus and hammer throws, finished third in the hammer throw. The University of Iowa freshman threw 187’4”, more than 30-feet farther than her high school best mark.


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The complete meet results are available for the USATF U20 Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Ansin Sports Complex, Miramar, Florida 6/21/2019 to 6/23/2019.

Our good friend John Nepolitan was at the meet taking his classic photographs of many of the top performers. View more USATF U20 photos at his site

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