Timber Creek’s Tierra Hooker caps huge Meet of Champions with high jump win!!!!!

Junior Tierra Hooker on Sunday became the second Timber Creek girl in seven years to win a Meet of Champions high jump title, and she added a medal in the hurdles for good measure.

Hooker cleared 5-8 to win the high jump and placed third in the hurdles in 8.25, just off her PR of 8.23 from last weekend at states.

She missed three tries at 5-10, which would have tied her PR and tied the meet record shared by four athletes.

Hooker had placed second twice and fourth once in the Meet of Champions before recording her first title.

Willingboro senior Kenady Wilson made it two South Jersey girls in the top four with a 5-4 clearance for fourth place. Last year’s outdoor national champion Jenna Rogers placed fifth at 5-4. Two other South Jersey jumpers — junior Kambi Walker of Paul VI and senior Bethany Biggi of R.V. — cleared 5-4 and finished in the top 10.

Here’s a list of South Jersey girls who’ve won the Meet of Champions high jump:

1981 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 5-8
1987 … Erin Halpin [Cherry Hill East], 5-6
1990 … Sandy Tokoto [Moorestown], 5-6
1991 … Sandy Tokoto [Moorestown], 5-4
1994 … Shatich Rivers [Moorestown], 5-6
2000 … Patty Dudek [Bordentown], 5-6
2001 … Alison Shepherd [Oakcrest], 5-4
2004 … Marcene Jack [Mainland Reg.], 5-6
2008 … Lindsey Walsh [Lenape], 5-8
2013 … Alicia Terrell [Timber Creek], 5-7
2015 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 5-8
2019 … Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 5-8

And here’s the all-time Meet of Champions high jump performance list:

5-10 1/2 … Tatiana Smolin, Randolph, 1984 (1)
5-10 … Deb Vento, Freehold Boro, 2003 (1)
5-10 … Emily Kianka, Hopewell Valley, 2010 (1)
5-10 … Alexa Williams, Dayton, 2011 (1)
5-10 … Fiona Paladino, Montgomery, 2011 (2)
5-10 … Jenna Rogers, Rutherford, 2018 (1)
5-8 … Carol Lewis, Willingboro, 1981 (1)
5-8 … Tish Edwards, Mater Dei, 1981 (2)
5-8 … Edwards, 1982 (1)
5-8 … Smolin, 1983 (1)
5-8 … Smolin, 1985 (1)
5-8 … Tamika Toppin, South Plainfield, 1997 (1)
5-8 … Cheryl Burdick, Ramsey, 1999 (1)
5-8 … Lataya Dixon, J.P. Stevens, 2007 (1)
5-8 … Magie Gilbertson, Howell, 2010 (2)
5-8 … Kyaira Wright-Harmon, Franklin, 2012 (1)
5-8 … Noel Jancewicz, Robinsville, 2012 (1)
5-8 … Gabrielle Bennett, Winslow Twp., 2015 (1)
5-8 … Tierra Hooker, Timber Creek, 2018 (2)
5-8 … Hooker, 2019 (1)

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