Feb. 3, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky - The University of Louisville men's track and field program announced the signing of the nation's best high jumper in James White on Wednesday.
White, a Grandview, Mo. native, broke a 25 year national high school record clearing an astonishing 7'5 ¾ (2.308m). White is the number one ranked high jumper in the world in his age group. He competed for Coach Andy Leech and is currently a senior at Grandview C4 Senior High School.
"Signing a number one recruit is huge for the University of Louisville because it puts us on the map nationally," said U of L jumps coach Jake Jacoby. "It raises the bar for us as a program and shows that we can not only go after number one recruits, but also sign them. This is a great day for our program."
White has immense potential to be a U.S. Olympic hopeful for the 2012 London Summer Games. His high jump of 7'5 ¾ would have been good enough for an eighth-place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Coach Jacoby, a former two-time Olympic alternate and National Men's Jumps Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA, and Recruiting Coordinator Christine Krellwitz were the main influences on landing White who is also a proven long jumper with a personal record of 22'5 (6.85m).
"White will compete in the long jump at the conference level but his main focus will be in the high jump at the national level and we will do everything we can to have him ready for the 2012 London Games," said Jacoby with a smile.
White, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., plans to major in graphic design at the University of Louisville. His greatest influence has been his father.
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