Yukon High School senior Vernon Turner will officially graduate from YHS next Tuesday with the rest of his senior class and when he walks off the stage, he will walk out of Yukon as one of the most decorated athletes to ever walk through its halls.
Turner completed the 3-peat in the high-jump competition this past Saturday at the 6A state track meet at Miller Stadium, as he captured his third-consecutive state championship.
The highest jump he cleared on Saturday was 7-feet and 4-inches and then he went straight for 7-feet and 7.25-inches, which would have been the national record at the high school level. Turner gave the record a run three times but came just short of hitting the mark.
“I thought I was going to get it,” Turner said. “That’s the closest I think I’ve ever been. We’ll get it eventually.”
Turner’s highest jump of the season was 7-feet and 6-inches, which took place at the Yukon Classic. He is the highest ranked high school high-jumper in the country and is signed to go to the University of Oklahoma and compete in the high-jump competition for the Sooners.
The second-place high-jumper was at 6-feet and 8-inches on Saturday.
In Turner’s first two state championship jumps at Yukon, he cleared 6-feet and 8-inches as a sophomore and then 7-feet and 4.5-inches as a junior.
Turner said he is glad he was able to finish his career at Yukon in front of his hometown community.
“It had my adrenaline pumping a lot harder than it normally does,” Turner said. “I’ll cherish these moments with my team and at this school for the rest of my life. I’m glad I got to end it in my hometown.”