The air in Darien is perfect for OPRF senior Carl Heinz, who defied gravity on Saturday and soared to a height of 7-foot-1 to tie the top high school high jump mark in the nation.

It was in Darien at the Hinsdale South’s Hornet Relays last season that Heinz jumped to a personal best of 7-feet. With the sun shining and the wind at his back on Saturday, the Duke-bound senior took the feat an inch further at the tournament.     

“Everything factored into the jump for him,” said OPRF head track and field coach Tim Hasso of last year’s Class 3A state high jump champ. “The potential to clear such a height again down the road is certainly there.”

Heinz tied Allex Austin of San Marcos, Texas for the national record among high schoolers this season, according to

The Huskies took first place in the meet with ease, garnering 130 points. Lyons Township finished a distant second with 89 points.

Victor Polk, Zach Booth, Jamal Baggett and Lionel Townes won both the 4×100 (43.3 seconds) and the 4×200 (1:29.2). 

Malachy Schrobilgen, Rueben Bower, Nick Reyes and Pierce Sheehan won the 1600 relay with a time of 18:14.4. Schrobilgen, Reyes, Evan Fisher and Jacob Decker took first in the 4×800 in 8:08.2.

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Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...