Stockton senior Jared Lewis won his second consecutive NCAA Division 3 national triple jump title Saturday, beating Yorai Shaoul of MIT by half an inch.
Lewis, a native of Westville and a graduate of Deptford High, only managed two legal attempts but jumped an indoor personal-best 50-1 3/4 on his second attempt of the trials. His series looked like this: Foul / 50-1 3/4 / Foul / 48-1 1/2 / Foul / Foul.
Shaoul jumped 50-1 1/4 on his third attempt but couldn’t get any closer to Lewis. They were the only two jumpers over 50 feet. Luther Newbury, who went in as the top seed at 49-6 1/4, finished third with a 49-2 1/2 on his final jump.
Lewis and Shaoul went in as the No. 2 and 3 seeds. Lewis’s best previous jump this season was a 49-6 1/4 at Lehigh back in December. Shaoul’s best this year had been 48-7 1/4.
Lewis’s previous indoor PR was a 49-6 1/4 sophomore year at the New Jersey Athletic Conference meet at the Ocean Breeze facility on Staten Island, N.Y. His overall PR is a 50-11 when he was second to Newbury at outdoor nationals in Alliance, Ohio, last spring.
Lewis is the eighth repeat triple jump winner in the 33-year history of the NCAA indoor track nationals. His 50-1 3/4 is the 11th-best mark in meet history.
Lewis is the first New Jersey Athletic Conference triple jumper to win the indoor national title in 30 years.
Another Stockton horizontal jumper from South Jersey won the long jump and triple jump in 1988. That was Greg Foster, a graduate of Shawnee High. Foster was the first competitor in the first event at the 1988 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
Foster and Lewis are the only indoor national champions in Stockton history.
Lewis is now an eight-time All-America — six times in the triple jump and twice in the long jump. He’s earned All-America status in the triple jump at six consecutive NCAA national championships – every one but indoors his freshman year, when he was 10th.