HPU Track Record-Breakers Callicutt and Stainback Celebrate Victory

Group Shot with Record Breakers

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.


Gabriel Stainback (left) and Rick Callicutt (right)

High Point University freshman and men’s high-jump record breaker Gabriel Stainback (left) meets with previous record holder Rick Callicutt (right), a 1980 HPU graduate and High Point native.

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.

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 Placing Plaque on Wall

Stainback’s record-breaking performance was celebrated as he installed his name on HPU’s wall of record-setters alongside previous record-holder Callicutt.

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.

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