This season could prove to be a great ending to a track and field career for Veterans senior Malik Broughton. The Albany State football commit is competing at the state finals for the high jump and is the classification favorite.
"He's just a raw talent," says his coach Steve Ruzic. "He has the ability to jump. God gave him the ability to jump and he knows how to jump."
Broughton agrees, "It's a rush, especially when you make big gains and move to higher heights as quickly as I have."
Last week at sectionals in Statesboro, the 6'4 jumped a personal best 7'2. That leap of faith placed him in immediate elite status.
Broughton explains, "The secret is more repetitions and more reps will help you get your form better along with weightlifting. When you get strong, you can only increase."
Ruzic adds, "It definitely ain't coaching. He takes what little coaching I give him and he takes it to another level."
With very little experience, Malik appears to be a natural and doesn't stress before a meet, but this one means a lot to the senior.
"He's really been working at it," says Ruzic. "The last two years he's been at state, he got sick the first year and got second at state. Last year, he had a bad back and battled and placed third in the state, which is really hard to do. But this year, he is healthy and has a legit chance to earn that spot. "
Broughton says, "This year, I am fine, so I expect to take it."
Congratulations are in order for Malik. Wednesday around noon, he claimed his first state title with a 6' 8 mark.