Portsmouth high jumper Morgan Casey wins Rhode Island State title

PORTSMOUTH – To say Morgan Casey was a quick study of the high jump would be an understatement.

The rising star would be more appropriate. The 16-year-old high school student from Portsmouth crossed the bar at 5 feet the first time she attempted the event in training.

Portsmouth sophomore Morgan Casey flies over the bar during class reunion on June 13 at Conley Stadium in Providence.  At the same location on Saturday, Morgan won his first state title.

On the first day of June, the 5-foot-11 sophomore won the high jump in Portsmouth’s final one-on-one competition of the season. Three days later, she was crowned champion of the Eastern Division. A week later, Casey won the class title, where she passed defending champion Lala Olagundoye of Johnston and advanced to the national championships by crossing 5 to 5 inches on her final jump.

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“I think I do well under pressure. It keeps me going, ”Casey said. “I’m nervous, but he’s a good nervous. I am anxious at the same time. “

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