Millville’s Leah Ellis wins Easterns long jump, demolishes N.J. freshman class record!!!!! GET YOUR LEAH ELLIS ON!!!!!

This one is simply unbelievable.

Millville freshman Leah Ellis jumped 19-3 at Easterns Tuesday night at the Armory.

WHAT??????

Ellis destroyed the New Jersey freshman class record and won the long jump title at Easterns with an all-time remarkable performance.

That’s No. 11 in state history!!!!!

The previous state indoor freshman long jump record was 18-9, set in 2016 by Tionna Tobias.

Ellis came into the day with a PR of 17-3 from the Coach Glynn Holiday Classic at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island.

She came close to the Cumberland County indoor record of 19-7 1/2, set in 1993 by Bridgeton’s Helen Wilks.

Ellis opened with a PR 18-5 1/2 and then after a 17-7 uncorked her 19-3 on her third attempt of the trials. In the finals, she went 16-0, 17-10 1/2 and 15-11.

Isabelle Dely of Paramus Catholic placed second at 18-9 and Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith uncorked a huge indoor PR of her own — four of them, actually — to take third at 18-5, No. 13 in South Jersey history. That’s only 1 1/2 inches shy of the Atlantic County indoor record of 18-6 1/2 set in 2016 by Asia Young of Holy Spirit.

Smith, whose indoor PR was 17-2 from a meet at the Armory in December, had jumps of 18-0, 18-1 1/2, 18-5 and 17-10. She has an outdoor PR of 18-7 from winning sectionals last spring. Smith also placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.09, just off her PR of 8.05.

Ellis is the first Millville athlete to win an individual title at Easterns, although the Millville 1,600-meter relay teams won in 2008 and 2009.

Ellis was also fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 35-10 1/4. She already holds the New Jersey freshman class record in the triple jump at 36-8 1/2 from the Hispanic Games at the Armory last month.

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR LONG JUMP LIST
21-7 1/2 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
19-8 1/4 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow], 2016
19-8 ……. Cidae’a Woods [Winslow], 2014
19-7 1/2 … Helen Wilks [Bridgeton], 1993
19-3 …….. Leah Ellis [Millville], 2019
18-9 …….. Shameka Speed [Bridgeton], 2002
18-8 3/4 … Artrelia Turner [Wilson], 1984
18-7 1/4 … Shelly Bailey [Woodbury], 1982
18-6 1/2 … Tisifinee Taylor [Woodbury], 2002
18-6 1/2 … Asia Young [Holy Spirit], 2016
18-5 3/4 … Lindsey Walsh [Lenape], 2008
18-5 1/4 … Tacquaya Tobias [Our Lady of Mercy], 2011
18-5 …… Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
18-4 3/4 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
18-4 1/2 … Kristin Tricocci [Cinnaminson], 2004
18-2 3/4 … Sable Loper [Woodrow Wilson], 2005
18-1 3/4 … Emily Carson [Haddonfield], 2013
18-1 ……. Jasmine Staten [Lenape], 2015

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR 19-FOOT LONG JUMP LIST
21-7 1/2 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
20-8 3/4 … Keturah Orji [Mount Olive], 2014
20-7 3/4 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2017
19-11 3/4 … Claire Connor [Rahway], 1984
19-8 1/4 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow], 2016
19-8 ……. Celeste Holder [Parsippany], 2006
19-8 ……. Cidae’a Woods [Winslow], 2014
19-7 1/2 … Helen Wilks [Bridgeton], 1993
19-6 …….. Iana Amsterdam [Newark Tech], 2013
19-5 3/4 … Kayla Richardson [Columbia], 2014
19-3 …….. Leah Ellis [Millville], 2019
19-2 3/4 … Kaitlin Salisbury [Hawthorne], 2016
19-1 1/2 … Carlene Cummings [Englewood], 1998
19-1 1/4 … Kelsey Vieira [Hillsborough], 2016
19-1 1/4 … Kayla Richardson [Columbia], 2014
19-0 1/2 … Natalia Hinton [Newark Tech], 2013
19-0 …….. Tatiana Sanders [Paramus Catholic], 2013

Here’s a look at all the Easterns long jump winners from South Jersey over the years:

1980 … Carol Lewis (Willingboro), 20-6 ¼
1988 … Tonya Lee (Rancocas Valley), 18- 4 ¾
1995 … Selina Burton (Willingboro), 17-3
2008 … Lindsey Walsh (Lenape), 18-5 ¾
2013 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 19-8
2018 … Tionna Tobias (Winslow Twp.), 19-8 ¼
2019 … Leah Ellis (Millville), 19-3

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