All Asia Young did in her first college conference meet is set a five-inch long jump PR, uncork four of the competition’s five best marks and break the school record.
Young, a Rider freshman from Pleasantville and graduate of Holy Spirit, won the long jump at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference indoor track championships with a personal-best 19-8 3/4 highlighting a terrific series.
Rider placed second to Monmouth in the MAAC meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York.
Young won her second state Parochial B long jump title last spring – she also won as a sophomore and was second to Ludi Zhu of Gill St. Bernard as a junior – and also ran on Holy Spirit’s state-champion 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams. Indoors, with no long jump, she was state 400-meter dash champ.
She had a high school PR of 19-2 3/4 in the long jump but broke that in her first meet as a collegian, jumping 19-3 1/2 in a meet at Monmouth in December. That broke the indoor school record of 18-10 1/2 set in 2013 by Dashana Ransome and the overall mark of 18-11 3/4 set by Ransome in 2014.
At the conference meet, Young put together a monster series, with four jumps of 18-7 or better. She opened with an 18-11 3/4 and an 18-7 3/4, then after a foul jumped 18-10 1/4. After another foul, she popped the 19-8 1/2 jump on her final jump.
Young needed that last jump because Ellinor Persson of Manhattan had passed her with a 19-3 1/2 jump on her final attempt.
It would be nice to know where Young’s mark stands in meet history, but the MAAC, like so many other smaller conferences, doesn’t bother providing any information on its web site on previous meet winners. Or much of anything, really. There is a link for “Indoor Top Times,” but when you click on it, it’s empty.
The Rider web site provides links for media guides, but the most recent one available is from seven years ago, and there’s nowhere on Rider’s site to find previous conference winners in school history, so I also can’t tell you when the last Rider woman to win a MAAC long jump title was.
At the MAAC meet, Young also ran the 400-meter dash leg on Rider’s distance medley team and placed seventh in the triple jump with a 35-7 3/4. Young did not triple jump in high school, and the 35-7 3/4 is a PR.
Rider’s indoor triple jump school record holder is former Shawnee star Tabatha Haskins with a 38-8 1/4.
Young’s grandfather was the late Reggie Miller, an all-time South Jersey basketball great who scored over 2,500 points for Holy Spirit, is still 11th in South Jersey history in scoring and has been enshrined in the S.J. Basketball Hall of Fame.