Compared to what he knew, Iowa is paradise for the Linn-Mar senior and new state champion.
McCrary sailed 23 feet, 1 inch to claim the state title in the Class 4A long jump Friday in his first and only year of competition in high school track.
"It feels great," he said. "First time here, last time here for high school. So it feels pretty good."
McCrary, 19, moved to Marion several years ago to live with an uncle and his uncle's wife. He left his mother and problems behind in Detroit for a better life in Iowa.
"I love it," he said. "I love it.
"Good school systems. And it pretty much keeps me out of trouble."
McCrary helped Linn-Mar climb into a tie for first place in the Class 4A team standings after Day 2 of the three-day meet with 42 points. Waukee also has 42, with eight events left Saturday.
Kennedy is sitting in third place with 35.5 points. Prairie is sixth with 22 points. Washington is 20th and Jefferson 23rd.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 16:01