MANSFIELD — One jump was enough for Mansfield Senior’s Angelo Grose.
The Richland Bank Athlete of the Week, Grose broke the meet record in the long jump at Saturday’s 46th Lexington Invitational and he needed just attempt — his first of the spring — to do it.
A junior, Grose leaped 22-feet, 9-inches to break the former mark of 22-5 set by Eastwood’s Drew Snowden tin 2015. It was his first and only try of the day and his first competitive jump of the spring. Grose missed the season-opening Madison Invitational because he was on a football recruiting visit at the University of Minnesota.
“I feel pretty good about where I’m at,” said Grose, who placed sixth at the Division I state meet last spring with a leap of 23 feet. “I jumped 23 feet at state last year and I went 22-9 in my first meet this year.”
Grose would have been a double-winner at Lexington but he was disqualified after clearing 6-feet-6 in the high jump.
“I was told I had too many logos showing,” Grose said of the disqualification. “I learned my lesson. It won’t happen again.”
In addition, Grose finished second in the 110 meter hurdles in 14.98 seconds and anchored Senior High’s 4x100 relay team to a runner-up finish in 43.98 seconds. He was joined by Cyrus Ellerbe, Armon Huguely and Alamar Grose.
If his weekend performance is any indication, Grose will add to an already impressive résumé this spring.
“If I stay healthy, I feel like I could get to state in the high jump and maybe the hurdles, too,” Grose said. “That is my goal, anyways.”
While he may have established a new Lexington Invitational record, Grose still has plenty of work to do to break Senior High’s school record of 24-feet, 10.5 inches. That mark is owned by Bubba Toddie and has stood since the mid-1980s.
“That (record) in definitely in my crosshairs,” Grose said. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do if I’m going to get there.”
While Grose’s track credentials are impressive, his future likely lies on the football field. He has offers from several Mid-American Conference schools, including Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio and Miami of Ohio.
He is still awaiting his first Power Five Conference offer.
“My visit to Minnesota went really well,” Grose said. “I had a chance to tour the facilities and spend some time with (former Mansfield Senior teammate and Minnesota receiver) Jornell Manns. I haven’t received an offer, but I hope I do.”
In the meantime, Grose will focus on his track exploits. The Tygers will be in action at the Mehock Relays this weekend.
“It’s important to me to do well at the Mehock because it is our home meet,” Grose said. “I will get a feel for where I stand against some outstanding competition.”