HIGHLAND’S FLOYD WHITAKER JUST BECAME THE THIRD S.J. BOY IN 87 YEARS TO DOUBLE AT EASTERNS!!!!!

What a phenomenal performance Tuesday night by Highland junior Floyd Whitaker at Easterns!

Whitaker became only the third South Jersey boy in Easterns history to win two individual events at the same meet, and he did it in style.

Whitaker began his evening at the 168th Street Armory in New York by winning the triple jump at the 87th annual Easterns by more than a foot with an indoor PR of 46-10 3/4, No. 6 in South Jersey indoor history and No. 1 in New Jersey this year.

Then he came back and won the long jump at 22-8, just four inches shy of his indoor long jump PR.

The meet dates back to 1934, but the long jump and triple jump were both added in 1976, and Whitaker is the first boy ever to double the two horizontal jumps in the 45 years they’ve been contested.

Even in the girls meet that double has only been achieved twice since the triple jump was added in 1990 — by Carlene Cummings of Dwight Morrow in Englewood in 1997 and Olympian Keturah Orji of Mount Olive in 2014.

Both previous South Jersey boys to double at Easterns competed for Willingboro High School. In 1990, Gerard Reynolds won the long jump [24-6 1/4] and 60-yard hurdles [7.35], and in 2003 Mike Morrison won the long jump [23-2] and high jump [7-2].

So all three S.J. doubles involved the long jump and a second event!

Highland’s only previous Easterns champ was Kevin Pumphrey, who won the two-mile in 9:22.67 in 1986. Pumphrey went on to become a two-time all-SEC cross country runner at Auburn.

Whitaker’s previous indoor triple jump PR is 45-8 1/2 from the only previous indoor triple jump competition of his life – at Ocean Breeze last Friday.

Outdoors, Whitaker leaped 50-2 1/2 last June – No. 6 in state history – to win the Meet of Champions, break the state sophomore record and also break the meet record. He went on to place 8th at Nationals with a 49-7.

Whitaker fouled three times in the long jump but went over 22 feet on all three legal jumps – 22-2 1/2 on his first, 22-8 on his third and 22-6 3/4 on his sixth. He had the two-best jumps of the competition.

In the triple, he got six legal marks and averaged 45-8 3/4 per jump. He went 45-10, 44-5, 44-11, 46-6 3/4, 45-9 and 46-10 3/4.

Only one other jumper reached Whitaker’s average, and that was Camden County rival Keven Kevelier, who placed second at 45-10. That’s No. 9 in South Jersey indoor history and breaks his indoor PR of 45-9 3/4 set at the New Balance Games at the same facility last month. He’s gone 47-5 1/4 outdoors. Kevelier also had six legal jumps, all of at least 43-10 1/2, four over 44 feet and two over 45 feet.

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP LIST
49-  1 …..… Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
48-  9 …..… Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
48-  8 1/2 … Tristan Wilson [Delsea], 2014
48-  1 1/4 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
47-  3 …..… Rhodeni Spence [Woodrow Wilson], 2007
46-10 3/4 … Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 2020
46- 5 …….. Orion Joyner [Kingsway], 2019
46-  3 1/2 … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2018
45-10 …..… Kevin Kevelier [Collingswood], 2020
45-  3 1/2 … Zakiyy Williams [Rancocas Valley], 2015
45-  0 …….. Earnest Daniel [Kingsway], 2017

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey winners of the long jump and triple jump at Easterns:

EASTERNS S.J. TRIPLE JUMP WINNERS
1978 … Carl Lewis (Willingboro, N.J.) 23-11 ¼
1979 … Carl Lewis (Willingboro, N.J.0 25-  5 ½
1982 … Isaac Samuels (Willingboro-Kennedy, N.J.) 22-11 ½
1983 … Isaac Samuels (Willingboro-Kennedy, N .J.) 24-  0 ¼
1987 … John Meekins (Cinnaminson, N.J.) 22-  9 ¾
1988 … Rich Winstead (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) 23-  1
1990 … Gerard Reynolds (Willingboro, N.J.) 24-  6 ¼
1991 … Jermaine Jackson (Camden-Wilson, N.J.) 22-  7
2003 … Mike Morrison (Willingboro, N.J.) 23-  2
2011 … Andrew Athias (Cherry Hill East, N.J.) 23-  4
2012 … Anthony Averett (Woodbury, N.J.) 23- 7 ¾
2013 … Antwan Dickerson (Pennsauken, N.J.) 22-11 ½
2020 … Floyd Whitaker (Highland, N.J.) 22-8

EASTERNS S.J. TRIPLE JUMP WINNERS
2014 … Tristan Wilson (Delsea, N.J.) 48-8 ½
2018 … Khaliel Burnett (Delsea, N.J.) 49-1
2020 … Floyd Whitaker (Highland, N.J.) 46-10 3/4

And the all-time state list:

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP LIST
49- 7 1/2 … Jon Pitt [South Brunswick], 2013
49- 6 1/2 … Craig Halyard [Ridgewood], 1989
49- 6 1/2 … Eric Bethea [Piscataway], 2015
49- 5 1/4 … Dodley Thermitus [Elizabeth], 2017
49-  1 …..… Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
48-  9 …..… Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
48- 8 3/4 … Devon Bond [Trenton], 2007
48-  8 1/2 … Tristan Wilson [Delsea], 2014
48- 7 1/2 … Myles Hartsfield [Sayreville], 2015
48- 6 1/4 … Darius Pemberton [Hackensack], 1992
48- 5 1/4 … Ralston Braithwaite [Trenton], 2008
48- 0 1/2 … Kyle Lindsay [Paterson East Side], 2006
48-  1 1/4 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
47-11 …….. Nadale Buntin [J.P. Stevens], 2018
47-10 …….. Devon Bond [Trenton], 2007
47- 9 …….. Anthony DiCosmo [Paramus Catholic], 1995
47- 7 1/4 … Kevin Johnson [Seton Hall Prep], 1984
47- 6 3/4 … Ed Alston [Hackensack], 1982
47- 5 …….. Jason Katz [Ramapo], 2015
47-  3 …..… Rhodeni Spence [Woodrow Wilson], 2007
47- 2 …….. Tevin Ankle [Glen Rock], 2010
46-10 3/4 … Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 2020
46-10 1/4 … Weston Daniel [Bergenfield], 2002
46-10 …….. Jamal Bunum [Middletown North], 2012
46- 7 …….. Dean Uduh [Columbia], 2014
46- 6 1/2 … Marko Juntunen [Mount Olive], 1984
46- 6 1/4 … Greg Hazell [Don Bosco], 2011
46- 6 …….. Neal Okarter [Westwood], 1998
46- 5 1/2 … John Augustynowicz [Rutherford], 2000
46- 5 …….. Orion Joyner [Kingsway], 2019
46- 4 3/4 … Aaron King [Morris Hills], 2007
46-  3 1/2 … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2018
46- 0 1/2 … Chris Thomas [Pope John XXIII], 2008

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