QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Kyle Holtmeyer's progression in the high jump has been remarkable considering his leap has gained eight inches over the last two years.
The Quincy High senior certainly put an exclamation point on that growth during Monday's Western Big-6 meet at Flinn Stadium.
Holtmeyer set a new career best with a jump of six feet, five inches to win the conference title.
He surpassed his former top benchmark by one inch only a few days before the all important sectional meet.
It was Holtmeyer's mental fortitude that carried him over the bar.
"You try not to think. Whenever you think everything comes and just hits you, it's like being slapped in the face. You try not to think about anything, clear your mind, and you focus on pretty much nothing," Holtmeyer explained.
"It's a huge accomplishment and something, that even last year, I never could have imagined."
To make Monday's feat even more impressive, Holtmeyer has battled shin splints for most of the season.
The team was given Tuesday off as they rest up for Saturday's sectional meet at Rock Island.
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