Banks, Bradham, Adams turn in rare 1-2-3 S.J. finish at Easterns!!!!!

South Jersey’s participation at the 81st annual Easterns was limited by the weather, but the boys high jump was certainly well represented.

South Jersey athletes went 1-2-3 in the high jump, with Ameer Banks of Delsea, Devin Bradham of Williamstown and Tariq Adams of Pleasantville the only athletes over the bar at both 6-6 and 6-8.

So when the bar was raised to 6-10, it was an all-South Jersey affair. Banks and Bradham both cleared 6-10, and Bradham actually had the best attempt at 7-0, but Banks won on fewer misses.

As I announced Tuesday night at the Armory, before this year, no Gloucester County high jumper had ever cleared 6-10 at Easterns. Then Banks and Bradham both did it within the span of about 90 seconds.

Bradham had already cleared 6-10, but it was a PR for Banks, and both tied the Gloucester County indoor record set in 2006 by another Delsea jumper, Josh Butler.

Braham and Banks are both now tied for the No. 4 spot on the all-time South Jersey indoor list.

Here’s  a look at the all-time South Jersey indoor list, with the nine jumpers to clear 6-10 or better indoors:

  • 7-4 1/4 … Mike Morrison (Willingboro), 2003
  • 7-0 … Terry Ferguson (Cherry Hill West), 1987
  • 6-11 … Mike Pascuzzo (Lenape), 1980
  • 6-10 … Damon Julian (Edgewood), 1984
  • 6-10 … Raffael Craig (Millville), 1999
  • 6-10 … Josh Butler (Delsea), 2006
  • 6-10 … Devin Bradham (Williamstown), 2015
  • 6-10 … Paul Klemic (Mainland Reg.), 2000
  • 6-10 … Ameer Banks (Delsea), 2015

The 1-2-3 South Jersey finish is the first at Easterns in 13 years, since Camden, Vineland and Pleasantville swept the first three spots in the 1,600-meter relay. It was the first in an individual event in 16 years, since Danyne Brown and Dwight Ruff of Camden and Jeff Young of Woodrow Wilson took the first three spots in the 55 hurdles in 1999.

Those are the only 1-2-3 South Jersey boys sweeps in Easterns history.

There’ve been two 1-2-3 S.J. sweeps in the girls meet and even a 1-2-3-4 South Jersey finish:

2013 55-METER DASH
1. Emily Carson (Haddonfield) 7.09
2. Torie Robinson (Winslow) 7.14
3. Cidae’a Woods (Winslow) 7.23
4. Nia Lawrence (Pemberton) 7.23

1999 55-METER DASH
1. Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 7.05
2. Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 7.07
3. Shonda Burroughs (Vineland), 7.14

Here’s a list of all the Easterns high jump winners from South Jersey, a list that goes back 54 years:

1961 … Leonard Smith (Edgewood), 6-6
1986 … Terry Ferguson (Cherry Hill West), 6-10
1987 … Terry Ferguson (Cherry Hill West), 7-0
1989 … J.C. Slocum (Bordentown), 6- 8
1994 … Desmond Powell (Oakcrest), 6-4
2002 … Mike Morrison (Willingboro), 7-0
2003 … Mike Morrison (Willingboro), 7-2
2012 … A.J. Vance (Egg Harbor), 6-6
2015 … Ameer Banks (Delsea), 6-10

Full Easterns results can be found here.

More from the Easterns tomorrow!

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