Rancocas Valley long jumper Kristina Tossas nears 20 feet in summer track meet!!!!!

Kristina Tossas, who recently finished her junior year at Rancocas Valley, got her summer track season off to an eye-popping start Saturday when she went 19-8 in the long jump at a youth track meet in Central Jersey.

Tossas, who set her high school PR of 18-7 1/2 when she won the state Group 4 title, jumped 19-8 in the 17-18 division of the AAU District 8 Qualifier at Memorial Stadium in New Brunswick.

If her mark were made in-season it would be the No. 2 jump in Burlington County history and the best since Carol Lewis set a then-national record of 21-7 in 1981. It would also be No. 5 in South Jersey history and No. 12 in state history.

Tossas also jumped 38-2 in the triple jump, which would be more than a foot PR over her high school PR of 36-11, also set at states. That would be No. 14 in South Jersey history and No. 5 in Burlington County history if achieved during a high school meet.

The top six finishers in each event — and most events didn’t have six finishers — advanced to a regional meet at Stockton University this weekend.

Here’s something odd though: Here is the District 8 map, and here’s the Region 2 map. Am I missing something or does it appear they are the exactly the same, covering South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and part of Delaware.

Why have a district meet advancing athletes to a regional meet, and then have the exact same competitors returning a week later in that regional meet? Unless I’m misreading those maps, it looks like the two areas are identical.

In any case, the top finishers from Region 2 will advance to a national AAU meet. It appears that is the “Primary Nationals,” although the advancement process isn’t explained on the AAU’s web site and if you click “primary nationals” on the web site it doesn’t even tell you when and where that meet is.

Anyway. Great jump for Tossas.


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