Williamstown’s Karissa Watson obliterates PR by a foot, records #1 long jump in New Jersey at Rowland Relays!!!!!

There are PR’s and there are PR’s.

Williamstown junior Karissa Watson destroyed her long jump PR by more than a foot Saturday at the George Rowland Relays at Haddon Township, jumping 18-10 1/2 to win the Division 3 competition.

That’s the best jump in the state this year

Watson’s previous PR was a 17-10 from Group 4 sectionals last spring at Egg Harbor, when she finished second to Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith. She approached that with a 17-9 1/2 at the Woodbury Relays last weekend.

Her mark is No. 4 in Gloucester County history and best in eight years, since another Williamstown runner, Gabrielle Farquharson, went 19-4 3/4 in 2011. The other Gloucester County jumpers ahead of her are Robin Taylor of Deptford, who went 19-2 back in 1980, and Tisifenee Taylor of Woodbury, who jumped 18-11 1/2.

Additionally, her mark is No. 18 in South Jersey history.

Watson opened the competition with a jump of 15-1 1/4 before popping the 18-10 1/2 on her second jump. She finished with a 16-5 on her third attempt.

The next-best jump of the day belonged to Collingswood junior Emily Wallace, who PR’d herself at 17-5 1/2 to win the Division 2 competition.

One oddity about Wallace’s jump: According to the MileSplit database, she’s never long jumped before. That’s hard to believe, but there are no major long jump marks listed in her profile.

In any case, here’s the all-time South Jersey outdoor long jump list:
21­-7 ¾ …… Carol Lewis (Willingboro), 1980
20­-0 ½ ….. Teneacia Smith (Cherry Hill East), 1992
19-11 ½ …. Tionna Tobias (Winslow Twp.), 2018
19-9 ¼ ….. Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
19-7 ½ ….. Helen Wilks (Bridgeton), 1993
19-4 ¾ …… Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011
19-4 ………. Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2012
19-3 ………. Tionna Tobias (Winslow Twp.), 2017
19-2 ¾ …….Asia Young (Holy Spirit), 2016
19-2 ½ ….…Gabrielle Bennett (Winslow Twp.), 2015
19­-2 ………. Robin Taylor (Deptford), 1980
19­-1 ……….. Nena Moore (Cherry Hill West), 1995
19-1 ………. Yvonne Wolef (Middle Twp.), 2012
19-0 ¼ …… Jasmine Staten (Lenape), 2016
18-11 1/2 … Tisifenee Taylor (Woodbury), 2002
18-11 3/4 … Shaytika Bryant (Bridgeton), 1995
18-11 ……… Vashti Hannah (Cumberland Reg.), 2015
18-10 1/2 … Karissa Watson (Williamstown), 2019
18-10 1/4 … Anna Stewart (Glassboro), 1977
18-10 1/4 … Demya Walker (Rancocas Valley), 1984
18-10 1/4 … Shameeka Marshall (Oakcrest), 2001
18-10 …….. Shana Williams (Bridgeton), 1989
18-9 1/2 … Frances Bundy (Pleasantville), 1999
18-9 1/4 … Ashley Edwards (Northern Burlington), 2015
18-9 …….. Shameka Speed (Bridgeton), 2002
18-8 3/4 … Tacqyaya Tobias (Our Lady of Mercy), 2011
18-8 1/2 … Rachel Armstead (Millville), 2015
18-8 1/2 … Tina Walls (Williamstown), 1982
18-8 1/2 … Jessica Bryant (Cherry Hill East), 2016
18-7 1/2 … Sable Loper (Woodrow Wilson), 2005
18-7 …….. Jamie Walker (Haddon Heights), 2007
18-7 …….. Claudine Smith (Atlantic City), 2018
18-6 3/4 … Artrelia Turner (Woodrow Wilson), 1986
18-6 1/2 … Tina Johnson (Burlington Twp.), 1996

If you want to add indoor marks, these would be added to that list, with Speed and Turner replacing lesser marks and Ellis and Bailey added to the list.

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

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