Jared Lewis continued his dominance of the NJAC horizontal jumps this past weekend, sweeping the long jump and triple jump for a second straight year at the New Jersey Athletic Conference indoor championships at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island, N.Y.
Lewis, a Stockton University junior from Westville and Deptford High, won the long jump with a meet-record 23-10 3/4 and won the triple jump at 48-6 1/2, about a foot off his own meet record of 49-6 1/4, set last year.
He won both events as a sophomore and was third in the long jump as a freshman. He also swept the long and triple jumps at the outdoor conference meet the last two years, so he’s now won eight consecutive NJAC titles with three conference meets to go!
Lewis is the only jumper in meet history to double the two horizontal jumps in consecutive years. In fact, it had been 10 years since any jumper doubled the long and triple at the indoor NJAC meet. Jamar Byrd of New Jersey City University – and a 2005 Vineland High graduate – won both at 22-9 3/4 and 43-5 1/4 in 2007. NJCU no longer has a track program, by the way.
Lewis, a five-time NCAA Division 3 All-America, is ranked No. 6 in Division 3 this season in the long jump with his 23-10 3/4 at the conference meet and No. 2 in Division 3 in the triple jump at 49-5 3/4 at the New York City Gotham Cup in January, also at Ocean Breeze.
For his career, Lewis has indoor PRs of that 23-10 3/4 in the long jump this past weekend in Staten Island and 49-6 1/4 from last year’s conference meet.
His overall PRs are 24-4 in the long jump from the Oscar Moore Invitational in Glassboro this past April and 50-7 from last year’s Division 3 nationals in Waverly, Iowa.
Curiously, Stockton has produced two NCAA Division 3 indoor individual national titles, and both were courtesy of a South Jersey long jumper-triple jumper.
In 1988, Shawnee High School graduate Greg Foster won the NCAA Division 3 long jump at 24-8 1/2 and the triple jump at 51-0 3/4.
Foster qualified for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, where he was the first contestant in the first flight of the first event of the competition.
This year’s NCAA Championships