Aden Tomeo, a junior at Audubon, went into states with an indoor high jump PR of 6-2 and a lifetime best of 6-4.
He left the Bennett Center Sunday with a fancy new PR of 6-7.
Tomeo won the South Jersey Group 1 high jump with a three-inch overall PR and a five-inch indoor PR. He fell one inch shy of the Group 1 meet record of 6-8, set in 2015 by Pleasantville’s Tariq Adams, and the overall South Jersey sectional meet record of 6-8 shared by Adams and Williamstown’s Devin Bradham, who cleared 6-8 in Group 4, also in 2015. Adams’ mark is also the best in any Group 1 sectional.
But Tomeo has another year to go after those records and a bunch of others.
His mark makes him No. 1 in South Jersey this year, one inch ahead of Kameron Smith and Nate Robertson of Willingboro and Floyd Whitaker of Highland, and No. 3 in the state, behind seniors Jamier Wright-Collins of JFK Paterson (6-9) and Foluso Adedeji of Weequahic (6-8).
Tomeo will see Adedeji, Smith and Robertson next weekend at the Group 1 state meet.
(An aside – in most modern-day track results you can easily get any field athlete’s series or progression. Hopefully, the NJSIAA in conjunction with the Bennett Center timers modernize their obsolete timing system so that information is available, like it is with virtually any non-NJSIAA meet. I’d love to know whether Tomeo took any attempts at 6-8 or 6-9 or simply shut down for the day. There’s no way to know. Getting real-time results was a big step [even though team scoring is never made available until a meet is over, which is silly]. But the technology and software is there to easily provide mid-race splits, relay splits, en-route times, throws full series marks, pole vault and high jump progressions, etc. It’s time to put it to use! [update – Thanks to Dennis Smyth for not only letting me know Aden took three tries at 6-8 but sending over the photo that appears at the top of this post!]