Highland’s Floyd Whitaker records N.J. #1 mark in first lifetime indoor long jump competition!!!!!

Floyd Whitaker’s first career indoor long jump competition was a mind-blowing success!

The Highland junior, the Meet of Champions winner outdoors, is in his first season of indoor track, and he’s spent the first couple months of the season focusing on sprints, 400s, hurdles and high jump. On Monday night at Ocean Breeze, he long jumped for the first time ever indoors and sailed 23 1/4 for the win at the SJTCA meet.

Whitaker’s outdoor long jump PR is 22-1 from outdoor states last year.

He’s South Jersey’s first indoor 23-foot jumper in six years, since Mikhail Micheaux of Eastern went 23-1 at 2014 Easterns. His jump is No. 21 nationally according to the MileSplit U.S. database.

MileSplit doesn’t list any legal long jump marks by Highland jumpers over the last decade, so tough to tell what the prior school record was.

Whitaker is the 16th indoor 23-foot jumper in South Jersey history. His mark is No. 6 in Camden County history and he’s now the No. 5 junior nationally.

Whitaker won by more than two feet over Connor Wright of Hammonton, who jumped 20-11. Tavion Corbett-Collier of Eastern [20-10], Damir Lomax of Delsea [20-9] and Jalen Blango of Rancocas Valley [20-7] also jumped 20-6 or better.

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], 2003
24-0 1/2 … William Spearmon [Wilson], 1996
23-11 1/2 … Kerry Vivett [Edgewood], 1985
23-10 ….. Matt Rose [Bordentown], 1985
23-9 …… Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2009
23-7 3/4 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012
23-4 1/2 … Maurice Hunter [Woodbury], 1983
23-4 ….. Andrew Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2011
23-3 3/4 … Jamar Byrd [Vineland], 2005
23-2 1/2 … Rich Winstead [Egg Harbor Twp.], 1988
23-1 ….. Mikhail Micheaux [Eastern], 2014
23-0 1/4 ….. Floyd Whitaker [Highland Reg.], 2020
23-0 ….. Derek King [Cumberland Reg.], 1984

Whitaker jumped 50-2 1/2 in the triple last spring to win the Meet of Champions, which was a meet record, a state sophomore record, No. 3 in S.J. history, No. 6 in state history and No. 8 in the U.S. in 2019.

He hasn’t triple jumped indoors yet, but he has high jumped 6-6, so he’s tied for No. 1 in South Jersey with Nate Robertson and Kameron Smith of Willingboro.

So he’s now No. 1 in South Jersey in two events … and neither one is his best event!

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