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April 22, 1999

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— Oskaloosa senior Bryan Best broke the school record in the high jump when he leaped 6-foot-10 at the McLouth Relays on Tuesday.

Best, whose previous best effort was 6-6 last year, eclipsed the Oskaloosa High record by two inches. Chris Campbell established the school mark in 1987 by clearing 6-8.

Best's 6-10 high jump is also the best by a Kansas high school athlete this spring.

"He was on a roll," Oskaloosa coach Rob Miller said. "First, he tied his personal best, then he went 6-8, then 6-8 and a half, and then he got 6-10 on his third attempt and he cleared it fairly easily."

Miller said he and Best decided to stop at that height.

"I'll kick myself if he doesn't get a chance to go for seven feet later on this spring," Miller said, "but he's been having trouble with a shin and he was in three other events."

Best also won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and ran a leg on Oskie's victorious 4 x 100 relay team.

"He came away with four gold medals," Miller said, "so he had quite a day."

Prior to Tuesday's record-setter, Best's best high jump this spring had been 6-4.

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