Sophomore Jackson also dominates
Como Park’s coach for boys’ track and field Roy Magnuson was confident about the way Trevon Clayton would complete his brilliant St. Paul City Conference career at the conference meet last Thursday at Griffin Stadium on the campus of St. Paul Central High School.
“He’s about to close out an outstanding career in which he has dominated in four different events the past four years,” the coach said about the defending Class AA state champ in the 110 high hurdles. “Not sure if anyone else has done that.”
The senior dominated just as his coach predicted, finishing first in the 110 meter high hurdles (14.53), 300 intermediate hurdles (41.76), long jump (22’ 3.5”), and triple jump (41’ 10).
Across the track, Paul Jackson was sitting with his son, sophomore Keylan Jackson, before the meet started. The elder Jackson — a football and basketball star at Central during the early 1980s — had an interesting take on what was to come from his son during the meet.
“He could win all three,” Paul Jackson said referring to the 100, 200 and 400 meter runs that his son qualified for in the prelims. “He might just do it.”
Keylan Jackson did just that by capturing all three. His time for the 100 was 11.17. He finished the 200 with a time of 22.17 and completed the 400 in 49.66.
Kylan Saffold placed first in the long jump for St. Paul Central with a jump of 5’ 11”.
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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.