Staten destroys two meet records in remarkable Burlington County Open performance

Aliyah Taylor of Pemberton (right) edges Jasmine Staten of Lenape in a classic 400-meter dash showdown. Photo courtesy RunningWorksPics.

The Burlington County Open has been around a long time — since the 1960s — and it’s not easy to break a meet record at a meet with this much history and tradition.

That didn’t stop Lenape junior Jasmine Staten from doing it Saturday.


Staten turned in one of the greatest performances in Burlington County Open history, breaking the meet record in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 19-0 1/4, breaking the meet record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.60, running a season-best 56.72 for second to Pemberton’s Aliyah Taylor in the 400 and winning the 200 in 25.59.

With Staten scoring 38 points and Meghan Quimby adding 30 with a rare 800 / 1,600 / 3,200 sweep, Lenape easily won its third straight county title and eighth in the last 10 years. Lenape outscored second-place Rancocas Valley, 124 1/3-90.

Staten got started in the long jump, where she popped her PR on her second attempt. Her previous PR was 18-4 1/4 at Group 4 states.

That makes her the 11th 19-footer in South Jersey history and the second in Burlington County history, the first since Olympian Carol Lewis 36 years ago.

20-11 3/4 Carol Lewis (Willingboro), 1980
20-0 1/2 Teneacia Smith (Cherry Hill East), 1992
19-9 1/4 Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
19-4 3/4 Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011
19-4 Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
19-2 1/2 Gabrielle Bennett (Winslow Twp.), 2015
19-2 1/4 Asia Young (Holy Spirit), 2016
19-2 Robin Taylor (Deptford), 1980
19-1 Nena Moore (Cherry Hill West), 1995
19-1 Yvone Wolff (Middle Twp.), 2012
19-0 1/4 Jasmine Staten (Lenape), 2016

Lewis held the previous meet record of 18-10 1/2, set in the 1979 meet.

Staten has won two straight Open long jump titles. She’s the only Lenape long jumper ever to win a County Open title.

Next for Staten was the high hurdles, and she won by nearly two seconds in 14.60, breaking the meet record of 14.70, set in 2004 by Kim Allen of Willingboro. It wasn’t a PR — Staten ran 14.47 earlier this year on her own track at Lenape. Staten has won the 100 highs two years in a row.

Staten also won the 200 for the third consecutive year, joining Michelle Glover of Willingboro (1979-81) and Amandi Rhett of Moorestown (1998-00) as the only three-time 200 winners in meet history.

In a classic matchup of two of the state’s best athletes, Staten hooked up with Taylor in the 400. Taylor ranks third in New Jersey at 56.27 and Staten has  56.31 to her credit from last spring.

Both all-state runners came off the final turn before Taylor finally edged ahead on the final straight. Taylor stopped the clock at 56.43, No. 3 in meet history, with Staten just behind her at 56.72.

Here’s what the all-time County Open 400 list looks like:

54.40   Michelle Brown (Seneca), 2009
56.24   Danielle Myricks (Willingboro), 2000
56.43    Aliyah Taylor (Pemberton), 2016
56.62   Okechi Ogbuokiri (Willingboro), 2003
56.62   Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2011
56.63   Courtney Foster (Cherokee), 2012
56.63   Jasmine Staten (Lenape), 2015
56.65   Shailah Williams (Pemberton), 2012
56.72 …….. Staten, 2016
56.6    Mandie Dulin (Shawnee), 1997
56.83   …… Brown, 2010
56.90   …… Myricks, 2001
56.90   Kendra Brown (Willingboro), 1998

Staten’s three individual titles Saturday give her eight with one year left at Lenape. That’s already third-most in meet history and puts her in range of the remarkable Tonya Lee, who won 11 for Rancocas Valley from 1985 through 1988. Lee went on to earn multiple All-America honors at Tennessee and reached the finals of the Olympic Trials 400 hurdles in 1996.

Here’s a look at the 12 athletes who’ve won six or more Burlington County Open individual titles:

  • 11 … Tonya Lee (Rancocas Valley, 1985-88)
  • 9 … Carol Lewis (Willingboro, 1978-81)
  • 8 … Jasmine Staten (Lenape, 2014-15)
  • 7 … Caitlin Orr (Lenape, 2007-10)
  • 6 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro, 1979-81)
  • 6 … Demya Walker (Rancocas Valley)
  • 6 … Michelle Brown (Seneca, 2007-10)
  • 6 … Mandie Dulin (Shawnee)
  • 6 … Deanna Germano (Shawnee, 1984-86)
  • 6 … Lillian Rivera (Pemberton, 1983-84)
  • 6 … Lynlee Phillips (Shawnee, 1998-99)
  • 6 … Jessica Woodard (Cherokee, 2010-13)

One thought on “Staten destroys two meet records in remarkable Burlington County Open performance

  1. Horace Taylor May 21, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    It was a fantastic battle of elite athletes in the open 400. Both athletes put it on the line, and their exhaustion after the race proved it. These two athletes may become team mates for Willingboro Track Club after the highschool season. If that happens, expect this type of battle in practice to produce the top elite sprinters in the state next year!


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