Good luck trying to figure out Jasmine Staten’s best event.
She’s a sectional champ in the 200, a state runner-up in the 400 and a 19-foot long jumper. She can also triple jump, high jump, run the 100. You name it.
Then there’s the high hurdles.
Staten elevated herself into rarified territory Saturday at the South Jersey Group 4 sectional meet at Egg Harbor with a monster 14.04 in the 100-meter hurdles trials. She followed that up with a 14.10 for the win in the final.
Staten won by five meters over second-place Lynnea Forlenza of Toms River North, who ran 14.73.
Her time is No. 8 in South Jersey and fastest by a Burlington County hurdler in 36 years. More on that later.
Staten went into sectionals with a high hurdles PR of 14.47 from the Lenape Invitational back in April. She also won the District Cup in 14.77 and County Open in 14.60.
But this weekend, she took the race to another level.
Staten ran the fastest fully automatic hurdles time in South Jersey Group 4 sectional history, breaking the FAT meet record of 14.33 set in 2005 by Winslow’s Krystal Cantey. Her time is also the fastest FAT time ever recorded in any South Jersey sectional. The previous record was 14.07 by Nia Ali of Pleasantville in Group 2 in 2006.
What’s the fastest FAT time ever recorded at any sectional meet state-wide? It’s an impossible question to answer, since meet officials putting the various programs together generally don’t list both a hand time and a FAT time in the records section. Even when the FAT time is intrinsically faster. Which makes zero sense. But welcome to New Jersey track.
For record purposes, Staten’s performance should be listed alongside Olympian Carol Lewis’s hand-timed 13.9 from 1981 as the South Jersey Group 4 sectional records. You can’t convert a FAT time for the purposes of tying or breaking a record, so both will (or should) stand as co-records.
The only way FAT time could erase a hand-timed 13.9 from the record books is if it were 13.89 or faster.
OK, time for the all-time South Jersey list. Here’s everybody that’s run 14.20 or faster in South Jersey history:
13.65 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
13.72 … Nichole Hill (Oakcrest), 1997
13.79 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow), 2012
13.85 … Carol Lewis (Willingboro), 1980
13.88 … Zonya Cross (Edgewood), 1983
13.98 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow), 2014
13.99 … Imani Gilliam (Pennsauken), 2004
14.04 … Jasmine Staten (Lenape), 2016
14.05 … Jasmine Waddell (Kingsway), 2011
14.07 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1998
14.09 … Nichole Belcher (Wilson), 1992
14.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
14.17 … Samantha Sharper (Wilson), 2008
14.20 … Alethia Jenkins (Pennsauken), 1999
Staten also won the long jump with an 18-2 and placed second to Williamstown’s Bria Mack in the 200 and 400 in 25.27 and 58.34.
That’s 36 points for one person, enough to place sixth as a team in South Jersey Group 4.