RV junior Tahmir Clark records HUGE PRs in two events at Monmouth Invitational!!!

Rancocas Valley junior Tahmir Clark had a big day over the weekend, recording huge PRs in both the high jump and long jump.

Clark won the high jump at 6-2 and the long jump at 21-10 1/2, winning both events in the Monmouth University Invitational in West Long Branch.

If the MileSplit database is correct, Clark’s previous high jump PR was 5-8 and his long jump PR was 20-8.

Those are serious PRs!

The 5-8 came at the Bennett Center a week earlier. Before then his high jump PR was 5-6, which he hit a couple times early last spring. He hit 20-8 last May at the Cherokee Invitational. The 21-10 1/2 appears to be his first-ever indoor long jump competition.

Clark’s 21-10 1/2 is No. 1 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state so far this year. His 6-2 is tied for No. 9 in the state and No. 3 in South Jersey behind Willingboro teammates Kameron Smith (6-6) and Nate Robertson (6-4).

It looks like the only long jumper R.V. has ever had that’s jumped farther indoors than Clark is Iverson Clement, who took 4th ta 2017 Easterns with a 22-6 1/2. He went on to jump 23-0 1/2 and win Group 4 states that spring but didn’t compete as a senior.

Another RV jumper, Jalen Blango, also a junior, PR’d as well with a 21-7 1/4 for second, just behind Clark. Blango, also a first-year indoor competitor, extended his indoor PR by over a foot and a half. He had jumped 20-0 1/2 at Ursinus back in December. Blango has a 21-6 1/2 outdoor PR from last year’s County Open on his home track.

Blango’s jump is No. 4 in the state this year and No. 2 in South Jersey. Looks like they’re the first teammates in Burlington County history to jump 21-6 indoors in the same year, although Willingboro may have in 1981. I’ll check that.

Clark also placed sixth in the 55-meter high hurdles and again if the database is correct it looks like it was the first hurdles race of his life indoors or outdoors. He ran 8.59 to win an unseeded section and his time held up for sixth overall.

Here’s my best attempt at an all-time indoor Burlington County list. Corrections and additions are always welcome!

25-5 1/2 … Carl Lewis (Willingboro), 1979
24-6 1/4 … Gerard Reynolds (Willingboro), 1990
24-2 1/2 … Isaac Samuels (Kennedy), 1983
24-0 3/4 … Mike Morrison (Willingboro), 2002
22-9 3/4 … John Meekins (Cinnaminson), 1987
22-8 1/2 … Chris Steliga (Cherokee), 2008
22-7 3/4 … Hede Dewberry (Willingboro), 1981
22-7 1/2 … Chase Campbell [Lenape], 2014
22-6 1/2 … Iverson Clement [Rancocas Valley], 2017
22-4 1/4 … Sean Mayers (Cherokee), 2002
21-11 3/4 … Areon Robinson (Kennedy), 1985
21-11 3/4 … Mel Long (Willingboro), 1982
21-11 … Dwayne Ross (Moorestown), 1989
21-10 1/2 … Paul Grimes (Shawnee), 1983
21-10 1/2 … Tahmir Clark [Rancocas Valley], 2020
21-10 1/4 … Justin Farrar (Willingboro), 1997

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