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One of the YAIAA’s top track and field athletes will be heading to Penn State next fall.

William Penn triple-jump specialist Jarred Posey signed his letter of intent Tuesday to compete for the Nittany Lions track team. Posey received a partial scholarship.

Bearcats track coach Tony Jones said Posey was quick-learner from the moment he joined the team as a freshman.

“He picked it up real quick, naturally,” Jones said. “His technique is probably better than anybody around this area.”

Jones recalled a scene at the New Balance High School Championships this past June at North Carolina A&T University. A group of college coaches had gathered to watch Posey jump.

“They were just amazed by that his technique,” Jones said.

Posey placed eighth at that meet with a jump of 48 feet, 2 inches. This on the heels of a silver medal performance at the PIAA Class AAA championships.

Posey will compete at Penn State in two weeks at the final meet of the indoor track season. He’ll then have one more outdoor season to try and improve on his school-record leap.

"He loves jumping, he loves running training, he doesn’t miss a day of practice," Jones said. "It's his sport. He plays football, but he did to stay in shape and be active."

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