Long Island native, Mike McCann, soars to big heights in the Big Ten


Smithtown native, Mike McCann, is a Nebraska Cornhusker who volunteers his time working with High Jumpers on Long Island when he comes home.

... But it was junior high jumper Mike McCann who scored the biggest win of the day for the Huskers in the high jump. The Smithtown, New York native cleared a personal-best 7-2 1/2 (2.20m) to win the high jump with the top mark in the Big Ten this season and the fourth-best mark in the NCAA.

"It's absolutely unbelievable," McCann said. "It's a day you only get as a high jumper sometimes once in a lifetime. But I've got to give all the credit to my teammates and Dusty (Jonas) for pushing me and believing in me. It's all because of them. I wasn't really feeling anything. I was pretty much just in the flow state. I wasn't really thinking and I think that helped me. I had no thoughts running through my head. I was just in the zone."

McCann needed to clear his last bar just to edge his teammate Grant Anderson, who also had a strong day as the runner-up with a bar of 7-1 1/2 (2.17m), which was his best height since last year's Husker Spring Invitational.