Eastern graduate Jeffrey Jon Tucker broke his own Rowan University long jump record this weekend at the Oscar Moore Invitational in Glassboro.
Tucker soared 24-10 on his fifth attempt, missing the 25-foot plateau by just two inches.
Tucker actually had the five-best jumps of the competition, opening with jumps of 24-2, 23-11 1/4 and 24-1 before opening the finals with a foul, the 24-10 PR and then a near PR 24-8 3/4 on his final jump.
The former Eastern Viking broke his own school record of 24-5, set last year. Before Tucker, the Rowan school outdoor long jump record was 24-4, set in 1982 by Robert Abdullah.
Tucker was mainly a high jumper in high school. He had a PR of 6-8 to win indoor Group 4 states at the Bubble in 2013 and won outdoor states that spring at 6-7, then going on to take third at the Meet of Champions with a 6-6 clearance.
His high school long jump PR was a 21-0 good for ninth at Group 4 states in the spring of 2013.
At Rowan, Tucker has maintained his high jump prowess while adding the long jump to his arsenal.
He’s a five-time All-America – three times in the high jump and twice in the long jump. His college high jump PR is 7-0 1/2, Rowan’s indoor school record. So far this spring, his best high jump is 6-8 1/4.
Tucker was named ECAC Field Athlete of the Week for his performance this past weekend. He’s already qualified for the IC4A Division 3 meet in both jumps.
Tucker now ranks No. 2 in NCAA Division 3 in the long jump, less than two inches behind Matt Fleming of Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. Fleming jumped 24-11 3/4 this past weekend. Tucker is also tied for eighth in the high jump, with teammate Harrison Escoffery from Hackensack No. 2 with his PR 6-10 1/4 from this past weekend.
Tucker only needs two more inches in the long jump to become a rare member of the 25 / 7 club.
How many South Jersey athletes can you think of who have cleared 7-0 in the high jump and soared 25 feet in the long jump? Mike Morrison and Kerry Vivett come to mind. Anybody else?