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Schenevus-Worcester's Josh Wayman cleared 6 feet, 7 inches during Saturday's NYSPHSAA state track and field meet, placing second in Division II and sixth in the federation finals.

In the process, Wayman's jump set a new personal record, school record and Tri-Valley league record.

"To be honest, no, I didn't think I'd make it over," Wayman said of his 6-7 jump. "When you're running at it and its coming at you it's really tall. But my mind blacked out I think and I made it over. I was really excited."

Prior to Saturday's meet, Wayman's best jump was 6 feet, 5 inches at the Tri-Valley League championships.

Coach Katie Darling said not only had he never cleared 6-7 in a meet, but he'd never even attempted it in practice.

"He really only had about one day of practice and I think when he is around other high-caliber jumpers it pumps him up a bit more," Darling said. "He responds to the competition. He was extremely focused."

Each jumper gets three attempts at each height. Wayman cleared 5-9 on his first attempt and cleared 6-0, 6-3 and 6-5 on his second try. Then, after missing 6-7 on his first two attempts, the senior got over the bar, the first Division II jumper to do so.

"At 6-5 there were still five Division II jumpers. When they moved it up I was thinking if I want to place well I have to get over 6-7." Wayman said. "I was the first person to clear that height. Everyone was missing it."

Eventual Division II champion Cameron Barmore of Clymer-Sherman-Panama cleared 6-7 after Wayman. He and Wayman both failed to jump 6-8, but Barmore had missed fewer attempts on previous jumps, giving him the state title.

Wayman said he usually jumps better when the level of competition is raised, but also credited his coach with some adjustments that allowed him to set his new league record on Saturday.

"At first I didn't think I could get over it but my coach (Darling) kept telling me I was high enough and I just needed to square my hips to get over it," Wayman said. "If not for her, I probably wouldn't have gotten it."

Unatego's Jade Foster and Jacob Haqq also competed in Saturday's federation finals along with Oneonta's Brad Morell.

Foster, who won a state title in the long jump on Friday, finished fifth with a jump of 17-5.25.

Morell came into Saturday's federation finals fresh off a state title of his own after winning the discus. He threw 166-4 to place third on Saturday.

Haqq placed seventh in the triple jump on Saturday, jumping 43-2.25. His 46-7.25 on Friday was good for second in Division II.

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