Sixteen years ago, two Willingboro high jumpers — Mike Morrison and Dijon Thomas — went 1-2 in the high jump at the Meet of Champions, Morrison clearing 7-0 and Thomas 6-8 at South Brunswick.
This isn’t quite the same thing, but it’s close.
Boro juniors Kameron Smith and Nate Robertson both cleared 6-6 at the South Jersey Track Coaches Association Winter Meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River this week, the top two jumps by South Jersey high jumpers so far this winter and No. 2 and 3 in the state behind Trenton’s Christian O’Neal, who has a 6-7 to his credit.
It was 2003 when Morrison cleared 7-4 1/4 at the Nike Indoor Classic — at the time the No. 3 jump in U.S. scholastic indoor track history — before going on to a much-decorated career at Florida.
Since then, no Willingboro jumper has gone higher than 6-6 indoors. Isaac Williams, best-known as a hurdler, had a 6-6 at the state relays in 2011.
So Smith and Robertson are now tied for No. 3 and No. 4 in Willingboro indoor history, behind only Morrison and Scott Harrison, who cleared 6-8 in 1984. Another Boro jumper from the 1980s, Pat Collier, cleared 6-6 in 1983. Thomas played basketball indoors and never competed in indoor track at Boro.
Smith’s previous PR was 6-2, which he cleared several times last year, both indoors and out. Robertson’s PR was 6-0, which he at states last winter and again at the Armory earlier this month.
This is the first time in at least 15 years a South Jersey school has had two high jumpers over 6-6 indoors in the same year.
Robertson is a 21-4 long jumper and 42-3 1/2 triple jumper outside but has only high jumped so far this winter.