Boston Herald

Allain leaps onto the national scene

Carver junior captures high jump at Va. meet

- By Joe Reardon

Without a doubt, Cam Allain’s indoor season could be broken down into two very distinct parts.

There was the dual meet portion of schedule where the 6-foot-6 Carver High jumper consistent­ly leaped 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet and picked up valuable points for the Crusaders in his specialty as well as the 300, 55 hurdles and long jump.

The second part, the championsh­ip part of the winter, is where Allain shined the brightest and brought his high jumping to the next level. Allain closed out his indoor campaign in dramatic fashion as he sailed over 6-8 on his first attempt in the Adidas Nationals at the Virginia Beach Sports Center for the win and the top position on the podium.

Everything came together for Allain, a South Shore League All-Star and cornerback on the football team, and he never let the big stage atmosphere that comes with competing in a national meet distract him in any way. If he missed a jumped he immediatel­y put it behind him and focused on his next attempt. It’s that tunnel vision approach that is Allain’s greatest strength as an athlete.

“My approach felt a lot easier for me,” said the personable junior. “I mainly focused on getting everything out of my head. I didn’t want any distractio­ns. If I let one miss drag me down I wouldn’t be able to clear the bar on my second or third attempts. I wasn’t nervous. There was just a lot to take in with all the people there.”

Allain didn’t have a bad meet at the end of February or March. He claimed the silver medal with a 6-4 effort at the Div. 5 championsh­ips and then equaled the height at the Meet of Champions, placing second to Arlington’s Rowan McConkey. Both leaped 6-4, but McConkey got there with fewer misses than Allain. Allain was even better at the New England Championsh­ips, where he broke the school record with a sterling leap of 6-5 for third overall.

The next two meets Allain burned his way to another stratosphe­re. Competing at the Track at New Balance, Allain bettered his personal best when he sailed over 6-7-1/4 to clinch third. He then had his career day with the win in Virginia.

As confident as he was that he’d have a good day at the Adidas meet, Allain didn’t envision a win.

“I was hoping to come in the top three,” he said. “I think that’s the first time I attempted 6-8. I was kind of surprised because the kid in second was more consistent with that height.”

What makes Allain’s indoor campaign extra special and his future all the brighter is that it’s the first season that he’s been able to train and compete in the high jump after a nagging hip problem curtailed his sophomore spring campaign. Now, with a full season under his belt, Allain is hoping to improve even more in the spring. And, yes, he believes a 7-foot jump is on the table.

“I want to clear 6-10, but I really want to reach the 7-foot mark,” he said. “I have to perfect my form. Right now it’s kind of iffy and I need to make sure it’s on point.”

Carver’s jumps coach Chris Trudeau worked closely with Allain during the winter and brought him along at a consistent pace, making sure there was an emphasis on his overall mechanics.

“At the beginning of the season he had to learn new techniques,” said Trudeau, a high jumper at Fairhaven High and UMass Lowell. “It takes a while to get the timing down and basically the whole season he was at 5-10 and six feet.”

Trudeau said the surge Allain had at the end of the season wasn’t a huge surprise, given the amount of work he had put in.

“Once things click you can have a significan­t increase (in height),” said Trudeau. “But it was really above the norm for Cam. He was incredible. He has all the tools and he’s an athlete, By the end of the season, if he continues to work on his form and it clicks, he could get to seven feet.”

 ?? PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN MCINNISS ?? Carver’s Cam Allain stands atop the podium after winning the national high jump title at the Adidas Nationals in Virginia.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN MCINNISS Carver’s Cam Allain stands atop the podium after winning the national high jump title at the Adidas Nationals in Virginia.

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