Madison Southern's Brayden Carson beat out eight other competitors to claim a championship Thursday at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

He took first place in the freshman division of the high jump.

Carson set a new personal best of 6-04-24 to capture the victory, outpacing the second best height by more than two inches (6-02-07-- Joel Addo).

With the win, Carson earned his third All American honors.

The event took place at North Carolina A&T.

It is the first year the competition featured 14 events in the junior high and freshman divisions.

To qualify for the meet, Carson had to have a height of 6-01-00. Last Saturday, Carson captured the top spot in the USATF Kentucky Association Meet with a height of 6-00-00.

In addition to winning the New Balance Nationals freshman high jump title, Carson won the KHSAA Class 3A, Region 7 Meet region title in the high jump in May with a height of 6-04.00, which was the third-best among Class 3A qualifiers for the state meet.

Earlier this month, he finished seventh in the high jump (6-00.00) in his first-ever appearance at the state meet.

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