Track Star Breaks His Coach's Long Jump Record

Barrett Saunders ‘03 found his way back to his alma mater, where he was once a standout athlete, and now works as a beloved coach. Fortunate young athletes benefit daily from his  instruction and dedication to The Benjamin School’s athletic programs. 

And in an exciting turn of events, one of the all-star athletes he coaches recently broke his own long jump record. Rising junior Darrell Sweeting broke the longstanding record that Saunders achieved twenty years ago.

Saunders, who will be inducted into The Benjamin School’s Athletic Hall of Fame, previously broke the School’s long jump record as a sophomore. 

Athletic Director Ryan Smith ‘93 said the intertwined turn of events is incredible. 

“The achievement by Darrell Sweeting is made even more special to all of us as Coach Saunders is Darrel’s coach,” said Smith. 

Smith said breaking the long jump record was an especially challenging feat as Saunders is one of the most decorated athletes to graduate from Benjamin. 

“We look forward to more records being broken in the future as Darrell is only a junior and we have many other talented athletes on the track team, including MIcah Mays who broke the 400 meter record,” said Smith.

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