Posted: 6:03 pm Friday, July 15th, 2011

Track: Boynton Beach eighth-grader Stacey Destin leaps and bounds ahead 

By Matt Porter

At age 14, Stacey Destin is already better than most of the high school high jumpers in the area.

Imagine what she might accomplish once she enters her freshman year.

Destin, who recently graduated from Tradewinds Middle School in Greenacres and will become a freshman at Boynton Beach this fall, gained the attention of track fans last Friday when she won the intermediate girls’ title at the Northwest Track and Field Classic at Miami’s Traz Powell Stadium.

Destin jumped 1.68 meters, which is just over 5 feet, 5 inches, and about 0.15 inches more than the girls high jump winner at this year’s Class 4A state meet. The girls 3A winner jumped 1.72 meters, or about 5 feet, 8 inches. The 2A winner jumped 5-4; the 1A winner jumped 5-2.

Destin, who set an age-group high jump record at the 2008 Junior Olympics, will attempt to qualify for this year’s Junior Olympics in New Orleans.

Once she hits high school, she told the Miami Herald, she has one goal: to jump 6-2.

That mark would have qualified her for the boys high jump in every class at the most recent state meet.

Would you bet against her?