Butler high jumper ranks 2nd nationally after TSTCA indoor opener

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 | 1:50 PM


Butler high jumper Sami Taoufik started his TSTCA indoor track season Saturday with an early-season victory that has him ranked second nationally.

The senior cleared 6 feet, 8 inches and was among 14 WPIAL athletes that won individual events at the TSTCA opener in Edinboro. Indoor track season is just weeks old but only one athlete in the country has jumped higher this winter, according to Milesplit.com statistics.

Taoufik was tied for first nationally until Kwamere White of Syracuse, N.Y., cleared 6-9 at a meet Saturday in his hometown. Taoufik is tied with defending state champion Ousman Kamara of Coatesville for Pennsylvania’s top jump this season.

The height was a personal best for Taoufik, the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion. His previous best — 6-7 — came outdoors at the Butler Invitational last April. He placed 25th at states.

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Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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