Until last weekend, Hunter Daly’s high jump PR was 6-2. He’s now added four inches to it in eight days and shares the New Jersey lead at 6-6.
Daly, a Florence senior, cleared 6-6 at the Moorestown Invitational Saturday a week after setting a PR of 6-4 at the Don Danser Relays a few miles away in Maple Shade.
According to the NJ Milesplit database, Daly now shares the New Jersey lead with Stephen Saklinski of Freehold Township, who has cleared 6-6 twice this year, including Saturday at the Metuchen Relays.
But Staklinski has a PR of 6-8 1/4, is defending state Group 4 champ and was a Meet of Champions medalist a year ago.
Daly had a PR of 6-2 until a few days ago, has never won a county, conference or sectional title and no-heighted at Meet of Champs a year ago.
This year is clearly different. Daly broke the Florence record of 6-4, set in 1996 by Shane Gainer and became the first South Jersey Group 1 jumper to clear 6-6 since Jared Roberts of Woodbury at states in 2010. The last Group 1 jumpers from South Jersey to do better than 6-6 came in 2007, when Anthony Butler of Salem and Ken Wise of Haddon Township both cleared 6-8.
Crazy but Daly’s PR might not be the most impressive one by a Florence jumper on Saturday.
Teammate LaDarius McNeil cleared 6-3 after having no known form in the event other than a 5-6 clearance at the Don Danser Relays last weekend.
McNeil many have attempted the high jump in a dual meet last year, but he only competed in the long jump, triple jump and 200-meter dash as a junior last year.
So that’s an apparent nine-inch PR and one Group 1 school with a 6-6 high jumper and a 6-3 high jumper.
Michael also PR’d Saturday in the long jump, going 20-2 1/2. His previous long jump PR was 19-8 1/2 when he was second at last year’s BCSL Freedom Division meet at Northern Burlington.