Lower Cape May Regional graduate Quinn Bithell, a senior at Rider, won her second straight MAAC high jump title Saturday evening.
Bithell cleared 5-5 on her first attempt and then watched as the only two other competitors who had cleared 5-3 failed to get over the bar.
She had the bar moved up to 5-8 3/4, which would have been a PR, before calling it a day.
Bithell won the outdoor Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference meet at Monmouth last spring at 5-7. She’s also been a medalist in the 400-meter hurdles at the MAAC Championships.
Bithell has cleared 5-7 twice — at the conference meet last spring and just two weeks ago at a meet at Ocean Breeze. She’s No. 4 in school history in the indoor high jump.
Bithell had an outdoor PR of 5-6 and an indoor best of 5-4 at LCMR, where she won several sectional titles and was a multiple state medalist.
I’d love to tell you the last Rider woman to win the indoor MAAC high jump title, but Rider’s web site doesn’t list previous conference winners, and the conference’s own web site – despite a section called “Championship Central” – has no record anywhere of previous individual winners.
What happened to being able to download a *.pdf of meet programs from conference championship meets with all kinds of top-10 lists, all-time winners and all sorts of cool stuff that track fans want to see?
Anyway, great meet for Bithell!