A.C.’s Claudine Smith smashes S.J. triple jump record, moves into all-time 100HH top 10 at Jamaican CARIFTA Trials!!!!!

Claudine Smith had a remarkable weekend competing at the Jamaican CARIFTA Trials in Kingston.

Smith, an Atlantic City senior, PR’d in both the high hurdles and triple jump and also competed in the long jump.

I wish I could tell you whether she made the Jamaican team for the CARIFTA Championships later this month, but I couldn’t find anything anywhere that explained how the national Under-20 is selected.

In any case, let’s take a look at Smith’s incredible weekend:

TRIPLE JUMP: Smith jumped 41-6 1/4, shattering the South Jersey record of 40-10 1/4 that Northern Burlington’s Ashley Edwards set at the 2014 New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

Smith’s previous PR was a 40-1 1/2, which she did twice – when she won the Rowan Open last May and then again when she placed fifth at indoor nationals last month.

Smith’s mark is No. 2 in the U.S. so far this spring, according to the MileSplit USA rankings, behind only Jasmine Moore of Mansfield Lake Ridge High in Mansfield, Texas, who went 43-5 at the Texas Relays in Austin.

Her mark is No. 3 in state history indoor or out, behind only Olympian and American record holder Keturah Orji of Mount Olive, who went 44-11 in the summer of 2013 at the IAAF World Youth Championships, and Charlene Cummings, who jumped 42-2 3/4 for Englewood in 1998.

Here’s the all-time state top-10:

44-11 … Keturah Orji [Mount Olive], 2013
42-2 3/4 … Charlene Cummings [Englewood], 1998
41-6 1/4 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
40-10 1/4 … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2014
40-9 1/2 … Iana Amsterdam [Essex Tech], 2013
40-7 3/4 … Kayla Richardson [Columbia], 2013
40-7 … Shenaie Herber [JFK Paterson], 2008
40-6 3/4 … Tiffany Bautista [Paramus Catholic], 2018
40-6 1/4 … Essence Mayers [Lakewood], 2011
40-6 … Mahogany Jenkins [Watchung Hills], 2018
40-6 … Jordan Fields [Columbia], 2016

If you add indoor marks, Stephanie McIntyre of South Brunswick moves into the No. 4 spot at 40-11 from the 2007 Easterns.

Smith placed second in the triple jump in Kingston, behind only Lotavia Brown, who jumped 42-4 1/2.

100-METER HURDLES: Smith placed fourth in the high hurdles in 14.04 after a 14.66 in the trials. That’s No. 9 in South Jersey history. Her previous 100 highs PR was 14.26 in the prelims of the state Group 4 meet last spring.

13.65 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
13.72 … Nichole Hill (Oakcrest), 1997
13.79 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow), 2012
13.84 … Lenaami Morton (Camden), 2016
13.85 … Carol Lewis (Willingboro), 1980
13.88 … Zonya Cross (Edgewood), 1983
13.98 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow), 2014
13.99 … Imani Gilliam (Pennsauken), 2004
14.04 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
14.04 … Jasmine Staten (Lenape), 2016
14.05 … Jasmine Waddell (Kingsway), 2011
14.07 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1998
14.07 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2018
14.09 … Nichole Belcher (Wilson), 1992

LONG JUMP: Smith jumped 17-0 1/4 for eighth. She has a PR of 18-7 from sectionals last spring at Egg Harbor and actually has a 17-1 to her credit this spring from a Cape Atlantic League batch meet last week on her home track.

For the record, JAAA is the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, and CARIFTA is the Caribbean Free Trade Association.

The CARIFTA Games is an annual Olympic-style track championship meet dating back to 1972 featuring athletes from 26 Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, etc.

Competition is held for boys and girls in two age categories – under 17 and under 20.

The 48th annual CARIFTA Championships are scheduled for April 20-22 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

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