Wright-Collins looks to make it two straight years of All-American status for JFK Paterson, his now graduated teammate Jadon Watson finished fifth overall last year in the high jump clearing 6-10.75.
NJ has three girls in the championship high jump,Jenna Rogers, Tierra Hooker, and Tiffany Bautista. Rogers won New Balance Nationals Outdoor as a freshman clearing an elite status 6-0.75, and could very well have a good day to take home a title this weekend currently ranked US#5 at 5-10.
Tierra Hooker is the NJSIAA Meet of Champions winner this year and has a 5-09 on the season at US#9. All-American status or more could be in store.
It has been a magnificent season for NJ pole vault this year, when we are thrown into the National pot it gets tougher for sure but we have a few athletes waiting for big PRs. Liam Landau of Pascack Hills currently ranks US#22 at 15-09 and felt strong coming off his Meet of Champions victory. Sydney Woods of NV Demarest missed out on the end of States season due to injury but ranks US#10 at 13-0.75. If she has come back healthy we could get an All-American out of this event. MOC winner Caroline Dannenbaum also in the mix US#22 at 12-06.
Nils Wildberg missed most of the season with injury and for the most part didn't miss a beat in his long jump return, he won the Meet of Champions clearing 24-04 and has a 23-04.5 on the season after winning Easterns. Now that he has his legs back under him this could be a big day for a PR.
In the girls long jump we are led by multiple athletes. One of them is a freshmen,Leah Ellis set the indoor freshmen state record when she won the Eastern States Championships clearing 19-03.
Tionna Tobias is in the mix as well, she earned All-American status in the long jump event outdoors in eighth with a 19-01.25 jump, she was second at the indoor Meet of Champions Showcase at 18-06.5.
Girls Shot Put, our US#8 ranked Meet of Champions winner Cydney Thomas isn't listed in the start list. Without her we still have one talented athlete looking for All-American status however, Bryanna Wilson of Howell HS. Bryanna is the sister of past National Champion and record holder Alyssa Wilson. Five boys are entered into the Championship division on the boys side, Nick Morse, Paul Brennan, Brednan Loftus, Kyle Lipscomb, and Connor Mathis.
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