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U.B. graduates jumps his way into the Guinness Book of World Records

Posted at 6:16 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 06:25:43-04

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — A U.B. graduate is reaching new heights.

Back in April, we introduced you to Christopher Spell, a Cortlandt Manor native who was attempting to make the world's highest standing jump.

Spell said he began training to break the record in August of 2018. He worked out six days a week with a combination of weight training and jumping.

The 23-year-old was denied by Guinness for his first two attempts, the record keeper saying the boxes he was jumping on were too soft.

After graduating, Spell went back to Westchester County where he kept at his goal. He and his dad built a wooden box that was sturdy enough to qualify.

Finally, Guinness accepted a jump measuring 64 and 1/8th inches. The previous record was 63.6 inches.

Spell tells us it felt like a weight had been lifted off is shoulders. "When I finally made that jump, it felt so freeing," he said. "I'm just very thankful for everybody that supported me. I had tons of support in Buffalo."

He says he wants to start posting work out and jumping videos online to help others do what he did. He also says he will be turning his focus to playing football full time. He played for the U.B. Bulls and had planned to try out for Canada's league.

You can check out Spell's record page at the Guinness World Record website right now.