Samantha Strydesky clears the 5-8 bar at Group 4 Relays, full high jump competition can be watched here.
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Howell HS senior Samantha Strydesky cleared the 5-08 bar for the first time indoors during Saturday's high jump competition at NJSIAA Group 4 State Relay Championships.
With that height she took over sole possession of the New Jersey state lead and tied for US No. 6 on the season.
This also helped lead her two-person relay team to a Group 4 state title in the event totaling 10-8 thanks to the addition of Kaitlyn Inzerillo's 5-0 jump.
They currently lead all high jump tandems in New Jersey this season by six inches totaling 10-10, Inzerillo cleared 5-2 earlier this season, and the entire country by 1 inch.
Webster Schroeder (NY) is currently second in the US with a height of 10-9 featuring US No. 1 ranked Camryn Cole at 5-11 and Angela Teoharev at 4-10. The national team rankings based on recorded bests this indoor season while competing for high school teams.
While Strydesky's previous best indoors was 5-06, which she had cleared number of times, she did clear 5-08 twice outdoors. Both instances coming last spring while winning the Group 4 State Championship and NJSIAA Meet of Champions as a junior.
The performance was also New Jersey's first time over the 5-08 bar indoors since the 2020 season when Jenna Rogers, 5-9, Tierra Hooker, 5-8, and Madison Cappuccio, 5-8, led the state in the girls high jump.
Strydesky will be heading to University of Pennsylvania next fall.
Strydesky clearing 5-4 back in December to win the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival.