Local Athlete Excels at MSU

By: Dan Hedman
By: Dan Hedman

Jon Allen might be a mild-mannered guy by day, but once he slaps on those jumping shoes, it's a whole different story...

"Jon on the track is completely different," Chris Bostwick, his first year coach said. "He doesn't say much and I think his actions speak louder than anything that's going to come out of his mouth."

"Being from Michigan," Allen said, "we don't have the triple-jump here in high school and I didn't know what it was really.

"My coach introduced it to me last year and I just took off from there."

Took off is right. The Spartan sophomore and product of Sexton High School has already left his footprint on the program - breaking the school record in the process.

So the kid who jumped from Sexton into the MSU record books, now hopes to land on the medal stand at regionals.

"I want to come in the top 5 at regionals so I can advance to nationals and hopefully break my outdoor record once again," Allen said confidently.

It's a lofty goal, but attainable according to his coach -- there's no ceiling this kid can't jump over.

"Sky's the limit," Bostwick said. "This kid is the best in the history of Michigan State and he has 2 more years to go. He's going to be in contention for some national titles in the future."

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