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Biloxi's Rophyel Howell Will Represent United States At International Track & Field Meet

When high jump competitors from other areas of the country take a look at Rophyel Howell up close, they may laugh, mainly because he's only 5 feet 8 inches.  Once they watch Rophyel fly through the air with the greatest of ease clearing the high jump, laughter turns in amazement.

The defending 5A state high jump champion leaped 6 feet 8 inches to win the title last season and has a personal best jump of 6 feet 10 and one quarter inches.

National representatives have taken notice and Rophyel will take his talents to Barcelona, Spain in June competing in an international meet.
That's an honor.

Rophyel said, "It makes me feel really good because with all the stuff that's been going on I get a chance to represent my country and go out there and show them which country is the best."

Biloxi track coach Glenn Ellis said,"Rophyel's has good form and good technique and he works hard at what he's doing."

Rophyel's goal... clear 7 feet saying, "It's just a mind thing.  I've got to overcome that fear I guess.  I've got to get 7 feet.

Besides excelling on the track, Rophyel was the starting quarterback for the Biloxi Indians football team.  He passed for over 12 hundred yards and tossed 16 touchdowns.  He added over 500 yards rushing and 5 Td's.  Three weeks ago Howell signed a football scholarship with Hinds community college where he's also run track. However, as Rophyel gains more national fame and recognition, major universities will come calling for his services on the track.

By A.J. Giardina

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