Hill PR’d for the second weekend in a row, running a blistering 7.34 to win the 55-meter highs at the state Group 2 meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River.
Hill’s PR until this month was a 7.56 from when he won states last year. He lowered that to 7.50 in the finals at sectionals, then bombed a 7.34 in the finals on Friday.
At a school that has produced a lot of terrific hurdlers over the years, Hill is now the fastest. And he’s No. 11 in state history, No. 8 in South Jersey history, No. 1 in New Jersey this year and fastest from Camden County in 14 years, since Dwight Ruff — who went on to star at Florida — ran 7.22 back in 2001.
Hill is now just 2-100ths of a second from the all-time New Jersey top-10 and he still has the Meet of Champions, Easterns and nationals to go.
Here’s a look at the all-time New Jersey performance list, with everybody who’s broken 7.40 fully automatic:
- 7.18 Sultan Tucker (Delsea), 1996
- 7.19 Jermaine Collier (Trenton), 2012
- 7.22 Dwight Ruff (Camden), 2001
- 7.22 Issac Williams (Willingboro), 2012
- 7.29 Nate Harley (Pleasantville), 1996
- 7.29 Danyne Brown (Camden), 1999
- 7.29 Will Brown (Palmyra), 2006
- 7.32 Stephan Fletcher (Princeton), 1983
- 7.32 Jon Dickey (Penns Grove), 1985
- 7.32 Jeff Porter (Franklin Twp.), 2003
- 7.34 Chais Hill (Highland), 2015
- 7.34 Barry McClain (Trenton), 1981
- 7.34 Devon Hill (Trenton), 2008
- 7.35 Todd Walthall (Seton Hall), 1988
- 7.35 Gerard Reynolds (Willingboro), 1990
- 7.35 Darius Pemberton (Hackensack), 1993
- 7.35 Devon Hill (Trenton), 2008
- 7.36 Tony Davis (Scotch Plains), 1982
- 7.36 Jerome Pemberton (Hackensack), 1986
- 7.36 Chris Stephans (Plainfield), 2001
- 7.36 Christian Boateng (Old Bridge), 2011
- 7.36 Greg Caldwell (West Windsor-Plainsboro North), 2012
- 7.37 Basil Campbell (Ewing), 2003
- 7.38 Mike Wasko (Sayreville), 1982
- 7.39 Rashad Baker (Wilson), 2000
Hill’s time is also No. 4 in the U.S. this year, behind Grant Holloway of Grassfield High in Chesapeake, Va. (7.23); Marcus Krah of Hillside High in Durham, N.C. (7.25); and Charles Graham of Phoebus High in Hampton, Va. (7.28).
Interestingly, Hill wasn’t even the fastest qualifier out of the trials Friday. Nate Bowie of Matawan ran 7.53 in the second heat to Hill’s 7.61 in the third heat. But in the finals, Hill finished a whopping 2 1/2 meters ahead of second-place Rashaan Richardson of Pemberton, second in 7.74. Bowie ran third in 7.81.
Hill also placed third in the 55-meter dash with a 6.60.
Highland finished tied for third in team scoring with 23 points, behind River Dell (42) and Matawan (38) and tied with Delsea, with Hill scoring 16 of those 23 points.
Highland was also fourth in the 4-by-4, with Josh Hackett, Joe Mazzie, Daquan Lindsey and Ryan Carroll running 3:33.15. Sean David scored in two events for Highland, taking sixth in the high jump at 6-0 and fifth in the high hurdles in 7.96.