Winslow senior Tionna Tobias popped the longest long jump this year by a South Jersey girl at nationals this weekend, soaring a season-best 19-1 1/2.
She placed fourth in the emerging elite division of the girls long jump at the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
The “emerging elite” division of the long jump was almost as competitive as the “championship” division. Five girls jumped over 19 feet in the emerging elite competition and nine did in the championship division.
Tobias’s jump would have been good enough to place eighth in the championship division.
But really all that matters is that Tobias her brilliant high school career on a high note, earning All-America honors on two relay teams and finishing as South Jersey’s top long jumper for the third straight year.
Tobias opened with an 18-1 1/2 jump and 17-9 3/4 before hitting 18-8 1/2 to qualify for the finals.
She opened that round with an 18-7 before hitting the 19-1 1/2, which ironically was her only jump with a legal wind (1.4). She fouled on her final attempt.
Tobias and Timber Creek junior Tierra Hooker were South Jersey’s only 19-foot jumpers this year. Tara Zeni of Red Bank Catholic hit 19-2 at the Meet of Champions to lead the state.
Tobias ranks ninth in state history and No. 3 in South Jersey history with her 19-11 1/2 from last year’s state Group 3 meet at Central Regional.
She’ll continue her track career at Iowa.