Jamil Adams looks to continue a tremendous season this weekend at the state Group 3 meet at Northern Burlington.
Adams has a chance to become the first hurdler in a decade to double the 110 highs and 400 intermediates at the state Group 3 meet.
The Winslow Township senior won both hurdles races at the South Jersey Group 3 sectionals, and owns the fastest times in South Jersey this year in both races as well.
His 14.48 in the highs and 14.59 in the trials lowered his previous PR of 14.83 from the South Jersey Invitational, and his 53.59 in the intermediates is just 8-100ths of a second off his PR of 53.51 set at the Penn Relays.
By winning both hurdles races this past weekend at Delsea, Adams became the first hurdler to sweep both races in the South Jersey Group 3 meet in 16 years — since Dwight Ruff of Camden in 2001 and the first from Winslow to sweep both races since Reuben McCoy in Group 4 in 2004.
Adams goes into states seeded No. 2 in the intermediates, behind only Boaz Madeus of Hamilton North, who ran 53.58 — 1-100th of a second faster at Central Jersey Group 3 than Adams ran at SJ-3.
In the highs, Adams is seeded No. 1 at 14.48, a full 20-100ths of a second behind No. 2 seed Da’John Graves of Irvington.
Adams is defending state champ in the 400 intermediates with a 54.15.
The last hurdler to win both the highs and the intermediates at the state Group 3 meet was Emanuel Mayers of Lakewood with a 14.04 and a 51.98 in 2007.
Mayers, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, won gold medals in the intermediates and 4-by-400 relay at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships at the Pista de Atletismo “Ernesto Canto” del Complejo Olímpico Bicentenario in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
Mayers has a 400IH PR of 49.57, which he ran in a meet in Spain in 2014