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How Michigan State 'hit the lotto' by scooping up state's long jump record-holder

DAVISON — An unusually large crowd surrounded the long jump pit, hoping to see history made at last week’s Davison Twilight Invitational.

They were there to catch a glimpse of Saginaw senior Tony Martin Jr., who had gone from relative obscurity to an attraction in a short period of time.

A record performance was not going to happen in this blustery 48-degree weather in which long jumpers ran directly into a 15 mph headwind.

Yet, they were there to see someone they had only heard about.

After an opening leap of 22 feet, 7 inches, the crowd watched as Martin steamed down the runway.