Ex-UB football player hopes he set world box jump record

Personal trainer Chris Spell, left, and architect Herb Guenther authenticate one of the two jumps Spell made April 19 at Catalyst Fitness in Cheektowaga in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record box jump of attempt of 63.6 inches. He cleared 64 inches on each of the jumps. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Chris Spell is on a dual track toward two lofty goals.

Play football in the NFL.

Set the world record for the highest standing jump.

Spell will try out next weekend for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, a step that could bring him closer to his biggest goal.

He’s much closer to a Guinness World Record listing.

“I wanted to time the tryout with this box jump record, to kind of springboard my career,” said Spell, a former University at Buffalo football player who has spent the last several months training intensively for both.

Last weekend, the 23-year-old Westchester County native twice leaped more than 64 inches high, atop a collection of mats stacked in the Turf Room at Catalyst Fitness in Cheektowaga.

The world record is 63.6 inches, set in May 2016 by Evan Ungar in Oakville, Ont.

Spell arranged to have both of his jumps videotaped, and observed by three sworn witnesses: a member of the Air Force and two police officers. Clarence architect Herb Guenther measured and confirmed each of the heights.

That Guinness-sanctioned arrangement allowed him to save several thousand dollars it would have cost to bring in world record company representatives to handle those duties, said Spell, who works in a Buffalo youth soccer program.

He expects to hear from Guinness this week if either of his two successful jumps is official.

One measured 64.5 inches; the other, 64.625 inches — nearly 5 feet, 4 inches high.

A crowd gathered behind cones to watch both attempts, and erupted in cheers after Spell stuck the landing on each one.

“He’s in here almost every day,” Catalyst branch manager Antoinette Todaro said. “He’s in good shape.”

It was the second stab the nearly 5-foot-10 Spell took at the record. Several weeks ago, Guinness officials told him the mats in an earlier attempt had too much give, and suggested he better stabilize them.

Spell began box jumping in earnest last August, when he discovered he could do it well.

“People were impressed by what I was doing in the gym,” he said, “and I wondered what the record was. I decided to look on Guinness World Record and it was 63.6 inches. I was getting 61 inches comfortably back then, and I was like, ‘Wait a minute, that’s pretty close. It would be really cool to say I’m the best in the world at something.’ So I started training.”

Cleaner eating — adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to a protein-rich diet — and six-day-a-week workouts have steeled him in his efforts. Spell focuses on legs twice a week, once doing squats, deadlifts and other strengthening exercises, the other drop-down jumps and box jumping drills.

Spell played football at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., then at Hartwick College in Oneonta, before transferring to UB and walking onto the Division 1 football program. The wide receiver — who never caught a pass in a game but was a regular on special teams — played on scholarship his last semester before graduating in late 2017 with a bachelor’s in sociology.

During his school pro day in 2018, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and broad jumped 10 feet, 10 inches.

Spell credited UB football coach Lance Leipold and strength and conditioning coach Ryan Cidzik for inspiring him to get into the physical condition he hopes will give him a shot at both of his goals.

“All of my training from University of Buffalo really helped even outside of the weight room,” he said.

If pro football doesn’t work out, he and his high school sweetheart, Anna Kelley, a hospitality major at SUNY Buffalo State, plan to return to Westchester County after she graduates next year. Spell, now a certified personal trainer, looks to teach other young athletes how to improve their physical performance.

“I’m super excited about this record,” he said, “but football is my true love, and that’s where my training and my head and all my effort is going to go to after I officially get this.”

He also may look to set other world records. The most obvious? The running vertical jump, which now stands at 73 inches.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus Image Leak Reignites Launch Hopes

Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus Image Leak Reignites Launch Hopes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mi 6 Plus back cover image is identical to the Mi 6
  • The leak indicates that the smartphone could launch soon
  • The Mi 6 Plus is expected to sport a 5.7-inch display

Xiaomi was largely rumoured to launch the Mi 6 Plus alongside the Mi 6, but that didn’t happen, and leaks of the Mi 6 Plus also reduced post the Mi 6 launch in April. Now, the Mi 6 Plus has again cropped up online bringing back hopes of a launch soon.

Gizchina found a back cover image of the Mi 6 Plus alongside the Mi 6 smartphone on the Chinese web, hinting that the launch might be around the corner. The Mi 6 Plus back cover is identical to the Mi 6 with respect to design, the only difference being size. The Mi 6 Plus size is bigger than the Mi 6, as expected.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus has been rumoured on multiple occasions and it is expected to feature a 5.7-inch full-HD display, and Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus is tipped to be offered in 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB variants.

Earlier, a device code-named Xiaomi Jason was spotted on GFXBench benchmark, and it is believed to be a variant of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 6, called the Mi 6c. It is expected to be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 6GB RAM and will pack 64GB on-board storage. The smartphone may feature a 5.1-inch full-HD display and run MIUI based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. On the camera front, the alleged Xiaomi Jason is said to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera alongside a 4-megapixel front camera. It’s worth pointing out that the alleged Xiaomi Jason could very well launch with a different name other than Mi 6c.

As for the Mi 6 India launch, the company’s India chief Manu Kumar Jain had said it may be announced in July, though details beyond that are still awaited.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus

Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

5.70-inch

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

6GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

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HubSpot Files for IPO, Hopes to Raise $100 Million

HubSpot, the inbound marketing company founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah in 2006, has filed its intentions for an Initial Public Offering.

The company says it hopes to raise $100 million from sales of public stock, according to its S-1 filing with the Security Exchange Commission. Hubspot says it plans to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HUBS.

The money that HubSpot hopes to raise through the IPO will help expand the business.

HubSpot provides a marketing software platform to businesses typically with 10 or more employees that integrates applications like social media, search engine optimization, blogging, website content management, marketing automation, email, analytics and reporting.

The platform is available to businesses on a paid subscription basis. The idea behind HubSpot is to engage website visitors to turn them into customers and eventually promoters of a business, according to the company’s S-1 document.

As of June of this year, HubSpot estimated it had more than 11,500 subscribers to its services in more than 70 countries with an average earned revenue per customer of more than $8,000 annually. The company also has more than 700 employees.

Revenues have been consistently on the rise at HubSpot. The company has reported revenues of $51.3 million during the first six months of this year. That is a 46 percent increase over the same time last year. Total revenue at HubSpot increased from $28.6 million in 2011 to $51.6 million in 2012 and reached $77.6 million in 2013.

At the same time, HubSpot has continually reported annual losses: A net loss of $34.3 million last year and $17.7 million from January to June this year. And in its S-1 filing, the company warns that risks associated with investing include those consistently reported losses.

BetaBoston reports that the city’s local tech community has been anticipating the IPO from HubSpot. The announcement generated comments from others in the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem like this one on Twitter:

Follow

Marshall Kirkpatrick

@marshallk

Congrats to @Hubspot on filing IPO, bringing external social business to so many new places. + Signals product rocks http://www.techmeme.com/140825/p28#a140825p28 

  • 66 Retweets

  • 66 likes

The company is based in Cambridge, Mass. HubSpot was also in the news recently with its announcement of the high profile departures of chief product officer David Cancel and engineering vice president Elias Torres ahead of the IPO announcement.

BetaBoston also notes that HubSpot has raised more than $100 million in venture capital funding since its inception. Investors in the company to date include General Catalyst Partners, Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, Scale Venture Partners, Charles River Ventures, Google Ventures and Salesforce.

Image: HubSpot

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HubSpot Files for IPO, Hopes to Raise $100 Million

HubSpot, the inbound marketing company founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah in 2006, has filed its intentions for an Initial Public Offering.

The company says it hopes to raise $100 million from sales of public stock, according to its S-1 filing with the Security Exchange Commission. Hubspot says it plans to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HUBS.

The money that HubSpot hopes to raise through the IPO will help expand the business.

HubSpot provides a marketing software platform to businesses typically with 10 or more employees that integrates applications like social media, search engine optimization, blogging, website content management, marketing automation, email, analytics and reporting.

The platform is available to businesses on a paid subscription basis. The idea behind HubSpot is to engage website visitors to turn them into customers and eventually promoters of a business, according to the company’s S-1 document.

As of June of this year, HubSpot estimated it had more than 11,500 subscribers to its services in more than 70 countries with an average earned revenue per customer of more than $8,000 annually. The company also has more than 700 employees.

Revenues have been consistently on the rise at HubSpot. The company has reported revenues of $51.3 million during the first six months of this year. That is a 46 percent increase over the same time last year. Total revenue at HubSpot increased from $28.6 million in 2011 to $51.6 million in 2012 and reached $77.6 million in 2013.

At the same time, HubSpot has continually reported annual losses: A net loss of $34.3 million last year and $17.7 million from January to June this year. And in its S-1 filing, the company warns that risks associated with investing include those consistently reported losses.

BetaBoston reports that the city’s local tech community has been anticipating the IPO from HubSpot. The announcement generated comments from others in the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem like this one on Twitter:

Follow

Marshall Kirkpatrick

@marshallk

Congrats to @Hubspot on filing IPO, bringing external social business to so many new places. + Signals product rocks http://www.techmeme.com/140825/p28#a140825p28 

  • 66 Retweets

  • 66 likes

The company is based in Cambridge, Mass. HubSpot was also in the news recently with its announcement of the high profile departures of chief product officer David Cancel and engineering vice president Elias Torres ahead of the IPO announcement.

BetaBoston also notes that HubSpot has raised more than $100 million in venture capital funding since its inception. Investors in the company to date include General Catalyst Partners, Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, Scale Venture Partners, Charles River Ventures, Google Ventures and Salesforce.

Image: HubSpot

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