Monmouth senior Mariah Hubbard, a Galloway Township native and Absegami graduate, turned in a nice PR and got herself a major win Friday in the long jump at the UAlbany Winter Classic at Ocean Breeze.
Hubbard jumped 18-9 1/4, edging Tiffany Bautista of Columbia by three-quarters of an inch to earn the win. She broke her indoor PR of 18-4 1/2 set at last year’s Metro Atlantic Conference Championships at the Armory, when she placed third.
Incredibly, Hubbard didn’t have a legal mark until her PR jump on her third in the trials. She fouled on her first two tries, then popped the 18-9 1/4, then didn’t jump again, although the results don’t list her passing, so not sure what happened there. She also jumped 37-8 for ninth in the triple jump.
Hubbard’s outdoor long jump PR is an 18-4 from last year’s outdoor MAC Championships at her home track in West Long Branch, when she placed second.
I’d love to tell you where Hubbard’s 18-9 ranks in Monmouth history, but the all-time list on their web site lists top-5 performances and not top-5 performers, and that only shows the top five jumps from the same person.
In case, Hubbard is having a heck of a college long jump career for someone whose main high school events were the triple jump, high jump and hurdles. Hubbard never broke 17 feet in high school and didn’t even compete in the long jump indoors. She was a state champ in the triple and a sectional champ in the high jump.
Hubbard’s jump is best this year in the MAC, an inch and a half ahead of Tara Zeni of Quinnipiac. She’s also No. 2 in the triple jump with a 37-9 1/4 in Annapolis, Md., last month. Hubbard is Monmouth’s indoor triple jump school record holder at 40-5