In just his second year competing for the track and field team, Derby senior Eric Hicks is turning out record-breaking performances.
On Tuesday in a quad meet against Woodland, Naugatuck, and Watertown, Hicks won the high jump in a personal record of 6 feet, 4 inches, shattering the school record of 6-1, that dated back to 1961, held by David Bishop.
“I didn’t know how old the record was, but I did know what the record was,” Hicks said.
Hicks cleared the bar on his second attempt, and went for 6-6 after, barely missing it on his first jump.
Hicks said he was able to meet the former record holder Bishop on Wednesday afternoon.
“He was actually really cool and happy,” Hicks said. “(And) he was actually surprised it (the record) lasted that long.”
Hicks, who said he got involved in the sport because of a friend’s influence, has made an immediate impact. Because of his basketball background, his coach suggested he try the jumps.
“I still feel like I have a ton of potential, this is only my second year,” Hicks said.
Hicks’ mark qualified him for New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June in Greensboro, North Carolina and also propelled him to a tie for the second best mark in the state, according to athletic.net.
Beside his success in the high jump, Hicks has proven to be a mutli-event threat. Tuesday, 45 minutes after anchoring the winning 4×800 with a 2:02 split, Hicks competed in the high jump, turning out a record performance. After the high jump, he won the 400 (51.6) and triple, soaring over 40 feet.
Hicks said the goals for the rest of the season are to continue to win.
“We want to win the NVL and states,” he said. “Personal goals, I want to go to nationals and clear 6-8.”
Video courtesy of Derby, of record-breaking jump