High Point University Track Record-Breakers Callicutt and Stainback Celebrate Victory
HIGH POINT, N.C., June 11, 2018 – Today during a special event, High Point University freshman and men’s high-jump record breaker Gabriel Stainback celebrated his victory with previous record holder Rick Callicutt.
ABOVE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Scott Hall, associate head men’s track and field coach; Gabriel Stainback, HPU high-jump record breaker; Rick Callicutt, HPU alumnus and previous high jump record holder; Mike Esposito, men’s track and field head coach; and Dan Hauser, HPU athletic director.
Callicutt, a 1980 HPU graduate and High Point native, is Pinnacle Financial Partner’s chairman of the Carolinas and Virginia region. Before Pinnacle’s acquisition of BNC Bancorp in 2017, he was president and chief executive officer of BNC Bancorp and Bank of North Carolina.
Stainback broke Callicutt’s 38-year school record in the men’s high jump on May 10, 2018, as part of the decathlon at the Big South Championships, held at HPU’s Vert Stadium. Stainback won the high jump portion of the decathlon by clearing a height of 2.07m (6-9.5), breaking the previous record of 2.06m (6-9.25), set by Callicutt in 1980.
“High Point University students accomplish amazing things every day, and I’m honored to celebrate this great accomplishment with a fellow HPU athlete,” said Callicutt. “Gabriel is a phenomenal representative of HPU.”
Stainback then went on to win the decathlon at the Big South Championships with a combined score of 6,792 points. He will compete in the decathlon at the USATF Junior Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, on June 15-16.
Callicutt has remained involved with HPU since graduation. He recently established a $300,000 endowed scholarship in honor of his mother, Barbara Frisbee Callicutt, and the Callicutt Auditorium in Congdon Hall is named to honor the success the family has achieved in business and in life.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges” in the nation, as well as Best Career Services (No. 19), Best-Run Colleges (No. 20), Best College Dorm Rooms (No. 7), a Great School for Communication Majors and a Great School for Business/Finance Majors. For seven years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 57 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.