Gabrielle Farquharson just missed her PR on her first jump. She just missed her PR on her second jump.
She obliterated her PR on her third jump.
Farquharson, a Rutgers senior from Williamstown High, unleashed a record-setting 21-5 1/4 long jump at the Seminole Invitational this past weekend in Tallahassee, Fla.
And she’s now the No. 1 long jumper in the NCAA.
Farquharson’s 21-5 1/4 is a seven-inch improvement on her PR of 20-10 1/4, which she had hit at the 2015 Big Ten indoor meet at the SPIRE Institute track in Geneva, Ohio. Her previous outdoor PR was 25-5 1/4, set in the spring of 2014 at the same meet at South Florida that she PR’d this weekend.
In Tallahassee, Farquharson went 20-8 1/4 and 20-7 on her first two jumps before passing on her third. On her first jump of the finals, she flew 21-5 1/4, qualifying for the Olympic Trials and moving into the No. 1 spot on the 2016 college rankings.
Farquharson’s mark is also No. 15 on the 2016 IAAF world list. She’s No. 5 American woman, behind Tori Polk (21-10 1/2), Janay DeLoach (21-9 1/4), Fungi Jimoh (21-9) and Kenyattia Hackworth (21-7 3/4).
Farquharson just missed the Rutgers outdoor school record of 21-6 3/4, set by another former South Jersey athlete. That mark was set by Shameka Marshall of Oakcrest at the 2005 ECAC championships at Princeton. Marshall also had a 21-10 1/4 indoors at the 2006 NCAAs in Fayetteville, which is the Rutgers overall record.
Ironically, Farquharson did break a Rutgers record during her trip to Tallahassee, though not in her best event. A day after jumping 21-5 1/4, she ran 23.25 in the 200, breaking her own school record in the 200. She also had a 23.32 indoor 200 to her credit.
Last month in a meet in Tampa, Farquharson ran 100 meters in 11.39, breaking the school record 11.54 set by Asha Ruth two years ago on the same track at South Florida. Farquharson is ranked 21st in Division 1 in the 100.
Farquharson jumped 19-4 3/4 at Williamstown. She was a state champion in the 55 indoors and the 100 outdoors and placed as high as third in the Meet of Champions in the 55 and fourth in the long jump.