Track and field: Rising above the rest

Area's top 2 jumpers giving each other lift as state meet nears
2013-04-26T00:00:00Z Track and field: Rising above the restJason Harris Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When it comes to the boys high jump in Tucson, there is Quinton Anzalone and Justice Summerset - and then there is everyone else.

Club teammates and friends for the last three years, Anzalone, a Tucson sophomore, and Summerset, a Mountain View freshman, were the only two jumpers to clear the 6-foot mark at Sunnyside's Mario Castro Invitational last Friday.

They did so by a lot; both jumped a state-best 6 feet 8 inches.

With their sights set on clearing 7 feet by summer, both have hit at least 6-0 in every jump this season.

"I like jumping against him because he pushes me and I push him," Anzalone said. "We are friends, but we're competitors too. It's a happy mixture that makes us both better."

With one final tuneup at today's Sabino Invitational, both jumpers want to raise the bar heading into state. Here's a look at the two:

Quinton Anzalone

School: Tucson

Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/170 pounds

Other sports: Right now jumping is Anzalone's best shot at a state title, but with his improving athleticism, he'll be a top newcomer to watch in both football and basketball.

Started jumping: 2009

Personal record: Anzalone first hit 6-8 two weeks into the season at the Willie Williams Classic last month. Since then he has hit it twice, including Friday at Mario Castro.

Starting height: 6-2

Other events: Anzalone has improved his marks in the long jump and 400 relay significantly this season, but it's the 100 he's most focused on improving when he's not high jumping.

On his rivalry with Summerset: "He's an elite jumper. It's going to take 6-9 or 6-10 at least to win it. I use a lot more speed. If I can get it going without any lean I should be able to do well." - Anzalone

Justice Summerset

School: Mountain View

Height/weight: 6 feet 1 inch/ 155 pounds

Other sports: A three-sport athlete, Summerset started at safety for the Mountains Lions' 8-4 varsity football team in the fall and played guard for the freshman basketball team over the winter.

Started jumping: 2009

Personal record: The first time Summerset cleared 6-8 was in eighth grade; he has a YouTube video to prove it. He hit it again for the first time in high school at Mario Castro.

Starting height: 6-0

Other events: When Summerset isn't high jumping, he's working on sprints: He runs the 200 meters to improve his burst when he jumps.

On his rivalry with Anzalone: "I can't say that I'm better than him right now. I just have to jump consistent and stay clean on every jump and do my best." - Summerset

If you go

• What: Sabino Invitational

• When: Field events start at 1:30 p.m., and track events begin at 3 p.m.

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