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Roslov fitting into new role as Knights' next star jumper

April 18, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The Middletown boys have a stud high jumper.

Big surprise, huh? The Knights always seem to have a star there.

Boris Roslov, however, has startled the local scene this season. The Knights junior, who leaped to an area-leading 6 feet, 6 inches to easily top the Dwight Scott Invitational field last weekend, has seemingly come out of nowhere.

Six-6 was the winning jump at the Maryland 2A state meet last year. Yet, you won't find Roslov's name in any state or regional results from last season or the season before.

Not unless you check down in Virginia, where Roslov placed third in the high jump last year at the Virginia Independent Schools state meet.

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Roslov, a Middletown native, spent his freshman, sophomore and half of this school year at Randolph Macon Academy, before transferring to Middletown High a few months ago.

"I'm very lucky to have Boris move back," said Knights coach Don Boyer. "I was hoping to have him when he was a ninth-grader. Sometimes you just luck out and get a boy to move in or move back. ... I've had very little to do with his progress."

Yet, Roslov has made quite a bit of progress at Middletown. Last season, he peaked at states with a 6-2. Already this spring he's added four inches to his personal best. The sky may be the limit come late May.

"The biggest thing is getting it into my head that I can go another six or seven inches," said the 5-10, 155-pound Roslov. "It's all a mental thing. You just have to believe that you can do the next height."

And, of course, you have to put it together when it counts.

"In practice he's jumped 6-10," said Boyer. "On his one jump at 6-7 (at Dwight Scott), he had to be five or six inches above it, but he kicked it with his heel."

Greg McCormick, a 2001 Middletown grad who won seven straight indoor and outdoor state titles in the high jump and was once ranked first nationally indoors, owns school records of 6-10 outdoors and 7-0 indoors. Before him, Derek Dye, a 1998 Middletown grad, was a four-time high jump state champ.

Yet, Roslov isn't too wrapped up in state titles right now.

"I'm not really familiar with any of the teams or how things work in Maryland," said Roslov, who's also the Knights' top long jumper. "My biggest goal is to get into a good college, so whatever that takes. I'm just going to keep on going."

Boyer has an inkling about where Roslov might be headed.

"He's capable of jumping 7-0. He has all the ability and technique," said Boyer. "He's an excellent athlete and the potential is there to be one of the best ever in the state of Maryland."

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