Leigh Smith's best ever season continued to get better when the 22-year old Birchfield Harrier won the Men's Long Jump competition at the UK Athletics Jumps Challenge at Crystal Palace.
The 22-year-old, a lifeguard in Willenhall, leapt 7.40 metres to defeat Rugby and Northampton's former European Junior champion Steve Phillips.
The victory takes the Birchfield Harrier into a sixpoint lead over his club mate Ryan James going into the UK Challenge Final at Manchester on September 3.
Five years ago, as a 17-year-old, Smith won the English Schools Long Jump title at the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield and jumped 7.29 metres. However the intervening four years were blighted by hamstring injuries. Last summer's campaign ended after only one jump with a recurrence of an injury to his take off leg.
This summer, he has won one A and a hat-trick of B competitions for the Stags in the British Division One League in a formidable double act with Jonathan Moore. Indeed, in the last match at Haringey, Smith matched the former World Youth Champion with 7.48m.
Smith said: "I've strengthened my legs and had a weekly massage. I have jumped a legal distance of 7.55m and know there is much more to come."
Dudley and Stourbridge teenager Jessica Leach cleared 1.76m to win the Women's High Jump competition by five centimetres.