Ta’riq Thomas, a Woodstown High graduate now at Delaware Valley University, broke the Middle Atlantic Conference indoor championships long jump record Friday with a winning jump of 23-10 1/2 at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse in Bethlehem, Pa.
Thomas, a senior at the Bucks County college located in Doylestown and New Britain, broke the meet record of 23-9 1/4 set in 1993 by Gregg Barrett of Widener and matched in 2015 by Josh Colley of Widener.
Thomas fouled on his first attempt, then popped the winning jump on his second. He passed his final try of the prelims, then went 21-11 1/4, 23-6 1/4 and 23-3 1/2 on his three jumps in the final.
Dimeon Wright, a freshman at Stevenson College in Owings Mills, Md., placed second with a personal-best jump of 23-4 1/2.
It was the sixth career conference title for Thomas, who won the triple jump at the 2015 indoor meet and 2015, 2016 and 2017 outdoor meets and long jump at the 2016 outdoor meet. He also recorded four second places, all behind Colley.
Thomas had a best of 22-5 1/2 while at Woodstown, a mark he achieved winning the 2014 Woodbury Relays. He won South Jersey Group 1 titles in both the triple jump and long jump. He didn’t jump indoors.
At Delaware Valley College, Thomas has a PR of 24-0, which he set at a meet last month at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. His outdoor PR is 23-3 1/2 from a meet last spring at Swarthmore. His overall PR coming into this indoor season was 23-5 1/2 from the 2015 Middle Atlantic Conference meet in Bethlehem, when he placed second behind Colley.
Delaware Valley’s web site doesn’t list indoor school records. But Thomas has surpassed the listed outdoor record of 23-10, set in 1985 by Brandon Newell.
Thomas will participate in the triple jump on Saturday and the 200 later Friday night.
Earlier Friday, he ran a leg on DVC’s 800-meter relay team, which advanced to the finals with a 1:35.03 clocking in the prelims.