High Jump - State Rankings
The nation's US#1 and US#5 ranked high jumpers, two sophomores, will be going head to head at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions this Saturday. Jenna Rogers of Rutherford has cleared 5-11 this season tied for second all-time in NJ indoor history and she holds the outdoor state record of 6-00.75 which won her New Balance Nationals Outdoor in 2017. She has made it over 5-10 three times this indoor so far.
Tierra Hooker of Timber Creek cleared 5-10 at the end of January and is fourth all-time in state indoor history. Both girls won their respective Group state titles last weekend. Will the meet record of 5-10.5 by Tatiana Smolin back in 1984 be broken this Saturday?
Last year's top returner for this meet Abrianna Barrett of Montgomery is among the seven seeded at 5-04 out of Group Championships weekend. Barrett was second last year at this meet clearing 5-06 and then went on to win the outdoor Meet of Champions the following spring.
This year's state rankings have five girls at 5-06 after the 5-11 of Rogers and 5-10 of Hooker: Jade Pope, Kenady Wilson, Abrianna Barrett, Kaela Monte, and Kassidy Mulryne. Of those top seven in the state the only senior is Kassidy Mulryne... this is going to be a fun few years at the high jump mat.
Pole Vault - State Rankings
An event that was already leading up to be a good show keeps getting sweeter. Haley Horvath came into this season with an indoor PR of 10-00, she cleared 12-06 NJ#3 to win Non-Public A head to head with Pingry's NJ#5 Caroline Dannenbaum last weekend.
Ashley Preston of Delsea Reg leads the state this season at 12-07. After an off 10-06 performance at Groups she bounced back to vault 11-07 at Eastern States a few days later and appears to be ready for MOCs. Melissa Purcell of Pascack Valley had the second highest vault of Groups weekend at 12-00.5, she is NJ#2 this season with a major PR of 12-06.25 at Bergen County Championships on the 14th.
Francesca Porambo led New Jersey at Eastern States on Tuesday with a third place half foot indoor PR of 12-06. That moved her up to NJ#3 this winter.
Keep an eye on the 12-06 meet record which is definitely in jeopardy this weekend.
Shot Put - State Rankings
On Tuesday at Eastern States Shelby Bigsby of Montclair became just the fourth girl to ever throw over 50 feet in New Jersey history. She improved her US#1 ranking with a mark of 50-02, continuing New Jersey's yearly national presence in the event.
Ocean Twp's Emma Vasen ranked NJ#2 US#5 and A P Schalick's Zyra Thomas NJ#3 US#9 will have to bring their A-game if they look to upset Bigsby. Both have gone over 44 feet this season. But as we saw with national record holder Alyssa Wilson who didn't win this indoor title until she was a senior last year, this is not an easy championship to win and anything can happen.