Wake County High School Student Competes in Junior Olympics
Omar McBride was the only U.S. high jumper representing Americas
Photo courtesy of the McBride family
Charles “Omar” McBride, a senior at Apex High School, was one of seven U.S. athletes and the only U.S. high jumper representing the Americas in October at the American Association of Athletics Federation’s Junior Olympics in Buenos Aires, an international competition. McBride finished ninth in the high jump. He is the reigning national outdoor high jump champion with a personal record of jumping 7¼ feet. Only two other high jumpers in North Carolina’s history have been able to clear 7 feet. McBride plans to compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state track and field championship May 10-11 in Greensboro and says participating in the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles is a long-range goal. He recently signed with Campbell University to compete as a member of the school’s track and field team.