It was Olivia Wright’s final triple jump attempt of the season. Until it wasn’t anymore.
Wright, a Winslow Township junior, jumped a lifetime-best 37-4 on her final attempt of the Meet of Champions triple jump trials Sunday at Ocean Breeze and then passed on her final three attempts to focus on her 4-by-400 duties for Winslow.
Wright was actually in the lead until Teja Brown of Pope John in Sparta – who was the final qualifier for the finals at 36-2 1/2 – jumped 38-2 on her final attempt.
But it was still a heck of a performance for Wright, whose 37-4 is No. 6 in South Jersey history and best by any South Jersey underclassman indoors since another great Winslow athlete, Cidae’a Woods, hit 37-10 as a junior in 2013.
It also qualified her for New Balance Nationals this weekend at the Armory, which is why her last attempt of the year guaranteed her more jumps!
Wright’s PR before M-of-C was a 36-8 3/4 at the Varsity Classic at the Armory last month. Wright was also a sectional runner-up in the high jump at 5-0 and is a regular leg on several of Winslow’s relay teams.
She won’t be triple jumping again until outdoors, but she will be in action this weekend at New Balance Nationals at the Armory.
Wright will be joined by sophomore Jaia James and seniors Janeya Hammond and Nylah Perry on Winslow’s team for the Championship 800-meter relay, and she’ll race alongside James, sophomore Kamryn Holness and sophomore Charly Dutton on a 1,600-meter relay team in the Emerging Elite division.
Winslow also has a team in the mixed 4-by-400 (senior Terry McNeill, junior Brandon Greene, Hammond and Perry), and Perry will also race in the Emerging Elite 400 after winning the M-of-C in 56.19.
Greene is also entered in the Emerging Elite 60-meter hurdles.
Here’s a look at the all-time indoor South Jersey triple jump list!
ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP LIST
40-1 1/2 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
38-4 … She’quell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2013
38-0 1/2 … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], 2012
37-10 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2013
37-7 … Elizabeth Montague [Cherokee], 2014
37-4 … Olivia Wright [Winslow Twp.], 2020
37-2 1/2 … Kristina Tossas [Rancocas Valley], 2020
37-1 … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2015
36-9 1/4 … Jasmin Jones [Kingsway], 2016
36-8 1/2 … Leah Ellis [Millville], 2019
36-6 1/2 … Maryn Hess [Winslow Twp.], 2017
36-6 1/2 … Janell Rowe [Sterling], 2016
36-6 … Javona Ford [Millville], 2010
36-5 … Shevell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2020
36-4 … Rachel Montague [Cherokee], 2008
36-2 3/4 … Kiah Walton [Burlington Twp.], 2014
36-1 1/2 … Chastiney Pearson [Timber Creek], 2020
36-0 1/2 … Taliya Rogers [Rancocas Valley], 2016
36-0 1/2 … Keyanna Meade [Burlington Twp.]. 2018