Henderson jumper looking to heavens for help

By: Coleman Swierc -

Henderson, Texas (KLTV) - Hunter Skelton, has dreams of going higher.

"6'8 is my best, but I can do better."

The regional high jump champ, has all the inspiration he needs.

"It was tough on me because we were so close."

Less than two weeks ago, Skelton's longtime friend, and former Brownsboro and Henderson student, Kris Cawthorn passed away, leaving a void in Hunter.

"It just shook us, it shook the school, and teammates from Henderson and Brownsboro."

The loss of his friend served as inspiration for Hunter, who was down to his last jump at regionals, when he asked his old buddy for a little help.

"I was thinking to myself that this could be my last jump in high school, just help me Kris, GOD help me, and I got it, and did the same thing at 6'7, and got it."

Hunter won the meet, and is now headed for the state meet...a meet dedicated to Kris Cawthorn.

"It is pretty much for him now."

Skelton says the loss of his friend...has put things into perspective.

"I am just glad to be there, if I win it great, if I don't, oh well, I made it to state."

The Henderson senior will continue his career as a football player at Mary-Hardin Baylor, but before he goes, he might look to the heavens...for one extra push.

"You know, if anything is going on, just pray to him and GOD, and ask for help, and hopefully they will give me a boost over the poll."