Greg Foster's flair for the dramatic continued on Friday when the senior at Lawrenceville soared a wind-legal 51-0.75 on his last attempt to smash the New Jersey state triple jump record and put an exclamation point on his dominating victory at the New Balance National Championships at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Foster's monster leap of 51-0.75 broke the state record of 50-9.25 that Khaliel Burnett of Delsea set at the 2018 State Group 3 Championships, and it is the fourth best jump in the nation this season.
Foster has a knack for coming up with huge jumps on his final attempts on the biggest stages.
At the New Balance Indoor Nationals this past March, Foster broke the state indoor record in the TJ on his final attempt when he went 49-9.25 to finish first, and he also soared 25-4.50, No. 2 in NJ indoor history, on his last attempt in the long jump to secure the victory.
The University of Princeton-bound Foster dominated the competition on Friday with a remarkable series that featured three jumps over 50 feet!!!
Foster took the lead on his first attempt with a wind-legal 50-6, and added a mark of 50-2.75. The only other competitor over 50 feet was runner-up Ryan John of Valley Stream, N.Y., who finished second with a 50-1.25.
Foster will seek to add the long jump title to his collection when that competition is held on Sunday at 11 a.m.