By Rich Gonzalez
(January 16, 2016) — Trabuco Hills High junior Sean Lee took care of business on the high jump apron while Chaffey senior Michael Dean did the same on the straightaway.
Lee and Dean rode strong showings to #2 statewide performances in highlighting the action at Saturday's Long Beach Poly/Cerritos College All-Comers at Cerritos College. (Fully updated state leader lists are linked here)
Lee, a six-time national champion at the youth level who won the silver medal at last year's California state meet as a freshman, took the next step in his blossoming high jump career by clearing a lifetime-best six feet, 10 inches at the LB Poly/Cerritos meet (video link above). Lee's previous best was 6-09.00, achieved last year on multiple occasions, including the state meet.
Lee's mark is #2 in the state this winter, bettered only by Mt. Pleasant High'sDarius Carbin, who cleared 6-10.50 while traveling to compete at the University of Washington indoor meet on Saturday.
Coached by his father, Ron Lee, the 1982 Oregon state high school champion while atGrant Pass High, Sean has literally "sprouted" into the top tier of high jumpers in the state last year. Prior to that, younger Sean caught our eye multiple times at Arcadia Highall-comers meets, where his amazing leg spring and smooth technique overcame a short stature early in junior high while displaying amazing prowess.
As a freshman at Trabuco Hills High in 2014-15, Sean continued an amazing growth spurt that has seen him grow roughly four inches in height during each of the last three years!
Now checking in at a height of 6-05.50, Sean has deftly controlled those longer levers to continued success. All the while, he has carried a weighted GPA well over 4.00.
"Last year, he had bad growth-spurt issues and hurt a (quadricep) muscle at Mt. SAC," said Ron, who shares the high jump coaching duties with his wife, Mavis. "People didn't know that he was only about 75 percent healthy at state (in 2015). "He just turned 16, so he should still get taller."
And Sean's amazing career can only loom larger.
By Rich Gonzalez