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Recruit Feature: Kristjan Sigfinnsson

Apr 1, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. - Kristjan Sigfinnsson, a high jumper from Reykjavik, Iceland, has signed his NLI with Arizona Track and Field early in the 2022 season. The newest addition to Arizona's jump squad will look to make a big impact in the 2023 season.

He was raised by his parents, Sigfinnur and Porpjorg, who were both high jumpers, and his two sisters Edda and Vala, who previously were in gymnastics and now one is a nurse while the other is a computer scientist. He attends Menntaskolinn vio Hamrahlio High School while also competing for the Armann Atheltics Club, where he is coached by Gunnar Guomundsson.

In his young track career, Sigfinnsson has already made a huge splash on the world stage. He is the number one high jumper in the World for the 18 and under category with a personal-best mark of 2.20m. This year, the Arizona recruit was the Icelandic Indoor Nationals in high jump to close out the indoor season. He has also qualified for the World Junior Championships this August, which will take place in Colombia.

Outside of his exploits on the track, Sigfinnsson keeps himself busy with other hobbies. The 6'4" recruit speaks four different languages and enjoys spending his free time working on his vintage Ford Mustang.

High Jump coach Bob Myers is ecstatic about Kristjan, "I think Kristjan's jumping speaks for itself: being #1 in the world! In watching him jump, I feel he will be another one on the long list of All-Americans, national champions and Olympians that Arizona has produced over the last 70 years. I feel High Jump U has their next great jumper. Bear Down!"