Iowa grocery store hosts hi-jump competition

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:05pm

Shoppers in an Iowa grocery store got more than they expected in the produce aisle Monday.

We’re not talking about a sale on fruits or vegetables, but a first of its kind hi-jump extravaganza.

"To be right here in the front row for something spectacular, never been done before and I think it's amazing," said high jump fan, Drew Holmes.

Drake Relays organizers have learned the power of bringing their event from the stadium to the people; they cleared an entire Hy-Vee produce and fruit department to make room for the star studded event.

The jumpers, like Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard love the idea, "You have to take banana peels into consideration, you have to take in pedestrians, carts, little kids and lot of things to take into consideration and try not to kill yourself," Kynard said.

And the crowd loved it too.

"First of all they're tall, they're very good athletes, and then the speed. It's amazing how they will start at the back of our Hy-Vee store and run all the way up to the front in a matter of seconds," said Darin Hirl, of HY-Vee.

This is all for fun. The hi-jumpers will be back on Saturday for the real competition at the official relays.

But knowing hundreds of grocery shoppers probably watched hi jumping for the first time...

Well, that raises the bar for these amazing athletes.

"If it's creating more buzz about track and field and getting more fans for our sport it's a good thing," said hi-jumper, Sharon Day-Monroe.


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