Greg Yeldell (North Rowan HS) won seven NCHSAA State 2-A Outdoor Titles:
- 1995 Triple Jump (47-8.5)
- 1996 Long Jump (23-6), Triple Jump (48-11.75). [2nd in 400m, 50.99]
- 1997 Long Jump (23-8), Triple Jump (49-10)
- 1998 Long Jump (23-2), Triple Jump (50-2.5)
Indoors he won 4 Titles, including an All-Classification Record (49-10) in 1998:
- 1996 Triple Jump (49-9)
- 1998 Long Jump (23-1), Triple Jump (49-10), High Jump (6-8)
Yeldell was named the Most Valuable Performer at the 1998 NCHSAA Indoor Championships.
He also jumped in another indoor meet as a senior 24-7, very close to the best-ever indoor Long Jump ever by an NC high schooler. That mark was 5th in the nation (indoors or outdoors) for 1998. (Note: NC actually had 3 of the top 9 long jumpers in the nation for 1998.)
Also that season Yeldell had a 52-2.75 TJ -- the 2nd best ever indoors by a U.S. high school athlete at the time.
Outdoors, Yeldell broke a 9-year-old National High School Record with a Triple Jump of 53-11 1/4 to capture the bronze medal at the 1998 World Junior Outdoor Championships. His performance led the nation by over 2 feet and his National Record lasted until 2004.
He won the TJ at the following meets as a senior:
He also was the 1997 and 1998 Gatorade Track & Field Winner for North Carolina.
Yeldell was named 1998 High School Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News.
He became the first T&FN HS Athlete of The Year from NC since Greg Artis in 1977. Artis went to Wilson Fike HS and was a 3-time state champion, winning the triple twice in 1976 (48-6) and 1977 (51-5.5) and the long jump in 1977 (24-8).
As of January 2019 Yeldell still ranks on the All-Time NC High School Lists as follows:
Yeldell's photo appeared on page 50 of the June 1998 issue of
Track & Field News:
He also appeared in this article/photo from the August 1998 issue of
Track & Field News:
(Photo) GWI Men: Yeldell's Big Triple
Track & Field News story on Yeldell's National HS Record 53-11.25 at World Juniors
A good Photo of Greg Yeldell from the December 1998 issue of Track & Field News
Here's the story of Yeldell being voted National High School Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News
And finally, here's a great article from Track & Field News on
North Rowan's Legendary Triple Jump History (March 2004 issue, page 52).