Talk about ending your career on a high note.
Greens Farms Academy senior high jumper Tim Northrop shattered his personal best and his own school record on Saturday in the final meet of his high school career.
Competing at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Northrop posted a winning jump of 6-feet, 5-inches, breaking his school record and career best by three inches.
“The determination that Tim showed all spring paid off on Saturday,” GFA track coach Glen Colello said. “Clearing 6-3 would have been cause for celebration but 6-5 created a feeling of pandemonium among his teammates and coaches as we have watched him put in the work.”
Northrop established GFA’s school record of 6-2 as a sophomore during the 2019 season.
After missing his junior season due to the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, he came into this season with some high goals.
He cleared heights of 5-8 and 6-feet earlier this season before exploding upward in his final meet.
“It was awesome,” Northrop said. “It was just a lot of hard work and effort that went into getting those last couple of inches and it finally paid off at this meet. It’s an awesome feeling.”
Two other athletes also jumped 6-2, Northrop said, but he was the only one who cleared 6-4.
“I cleared it on the first attempt,” the Northeastern-bound Northrop said.
With his competitors eliminated and the victory in the bag, Northrop opted to go up another inch to 6 feet, 5 inches.
“I knew I wasn’t getting 6-6 because you usually go an inch at a time,” he said. “I just wanted to see if I could do 6-5 and on my last attempt I did it.”
Most of GFA’s team was on hand to support the high-flying Northrop in his quest for new heights.
“It was crazy. The whole team was there to support and clapping. It was great,” Northrop said.
Northrup found out soon after his arrival at GFA what a family the GFA track team can be.
All that support helped spring him higher on Saturday.
“I was surprised at how much of a team it felt like,” Northrop said. “It wasn’t a big team, but there was a sense of family and community. I appreciated it as a freshman and especially as a senior.”
Northrop—who may walk on to the track team at Northeastern University—wasn’t the lone Dragon to walk away with a school record, though.
Elijah Henry set two new marks in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300 hurdles. His time of 18.13 in the 110 hurdles shattered the previous mark of 22.83 set by Rui Aguiar in 2015 and his 46.48 clocking in the 300 hurdles bested Jackson Rassias’ mark. Rassias, also a GFA senior, established his mark earlier this season.
"It was very rewarding to break the record," Henry said. "I wish I had picked it up earlier. I signed up to do track last year, but that was cut short because of COVID. Just makes you wonder how far I could have gone if I had more time to practice."
Additionally, the girls 4x400 relay team—featuring Georgia Palmgren, Grace Horton, Paige Parisi and Elise McCormick—broke its own mark from earlier this season with a 4:52.41 time.