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Is Casey Hess a jumper who plays tennis? Or is he a tennis player who jumps?

Hess isn’t even quite sure himself. When you’re so good at both, it’s hard to determine.

On Friday at Hempfield High School, during the opening day of competition at the annual Lancaster-Lebanon Track and Field Championships, Hess certainly appeared to be a jumper who plays tennis. The Annville-Cleona senior leapt to a gold medal in the boys’ long jump.

Hess unleashed his career-best jump of 22-0 on his final attempt to outdistance athletes from larger schools and capture top honors. Earlier in the competition, Hess had jumped his previous career-best to move into a tie for first place.

Throughout most of the spring, Hess had concentrated his athletic energies on tennis, and those efforts paid off in the form of a trip to the second round of the District Three Class AA tournament. He really only began focusing on long jumping about two weeks prior to the league meet.

Hess will continue to work on his form and technique in the hopes of producing a similar result at the District Three Class AA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University next week.

  • Jeff Falk

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