Remember the greatness of Jessica Mills and the all-time S.J. girls triple jump top-50!!!

Back in 2005, it was still the early days of the triple jump for South Jersey athletes, but Jessica Mills, a senior at Deptford, soared 39-5 to win the Meet of Champions at South Plainfield and break the meet record and the South Jersey records of 38-8 set in 2001 by Shameka Marshall of Oakcrest.

Marshall went on to become a two-time All-America long jumper at Rutgers and the 2011 Pan Am Games silver medalist (and the most famous person ever from Quinton Township).

Mills’ 39-5 was No. 4 in state history at the time and stood as a South Jersey record for seven years, until two jumpers – Zenee Gadson of Glassboro and Shaya Wilkerson of Lenape – both went a couple inches farther in 2012. Gadson jumped 39-7 1/2 at the state Group 1 meet at Old Bridge to break Mills’ record, and Wilkerson jumped 39-7 1/4 at the Meet of Champions, also at Old Bridge.

Mills went on to have a terrific career at North Carolina Central. She won the 2006 NCAA Division 2 outdoor national title at Emporia State in Kansas in 2006 with a wind-aided 42-6 3/4 and had a legal-wind PR in college was a 41-3 1/4 indoors at the 2007 New Balance Invite at the Armory.

Ashley Edwards of Northern Burlington broke Gadson’s South Jersey record with a 40-10 1/4 at the 2014 National Outdoors, and Claudine Smith of Atlantic City took the record out to 42-2 when she won last year’s Meet of Champions on Edwards’ home track at Northern Burlington. That’s No. 3 in state history, behind Olympian Keturah Orji of Mount Olive, who went all-time U.S. No. 2 44-11 at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, and Englewood’s Carlene Cummings, who jumped 42-2 3/4 at the 1998 Penn Relays.

That’s the history, now here’s the all-time South Jersey girls outdoor triple jump top-50:

ALL-TIME S.J. TRIPLE JUMP TOP-50
42-2 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
40-10 ¼ … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2014
39-7 ½ … Zenee Gadson [Glassboro], 2012
39-7 ¼ … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], 2012
39-6 … Jessica Mills [Deptford], 2005
39-5 ½ … Elizabeth Montague [Cherokee], 2014
39-3 … Genevieve Okoro [Eastern Reg.], 2010
39-2 ¼ … Mariah Hubbard [Absegami Reg.], 2016
38-11 … Rachel Montague [Cherokee], 2008
38-8 … Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], 2001
38-8 … Javona Ford [Millville], 2010
38-6 … Monet Gist [Atlantic City], 2013
38-1 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2014
38-0 ¼ … Janell Rowe [Sterling], 2017
38-0 ¼ … Nalah Abul-Qasim [Williamstown], 2019
38-0 ¼ … Caleah Allen [Williamstown], 2012
37-10 ¾ … Vashti Hannah [Cumberland Reg.], 2015
36-10 ¼ … She’quell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2013
37-9 ¼ … Ameenah Saalih [Rancocas Valley], 2017
37-9 …… Kiera Steward [Highland], 2010
37-8 …… Akayla Leak [Burlington Twp.], 2019
37-7 ¼ … Alex Romanelli [Absegami], 2009
37-7 ¼ … Erin Clark [Rancocas Valley], 2010
37-7 ¼ … Kyla Edwards [Oakcrest], 2018
37-6 ¾ … Shaquanda Gainey [Camden], 2009
37-6 ½ … Alexa DiGregorio [Woodstown], 2012
37-6 ½ … Nia Hinds [Burlington Twp.], 2016
37-6 …… Ariel Woodard-Stephens [Northern Burlington], 2008
37-6 …… Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
37-5 ¾ … Chastiney Pearson [Timber Creek], 2019
37-5 ½ … Milagros Robinson [Riverside], 2014
37-5 …… Jewel Brown [Clayton], 2011
37-4 ½ … Della Sartore [Glassboro], 2008
37-4 …… Kiah Walton [Burlington Twp.], 2013
37-4 …… Hailey Holmes [Millville], 2018
37-2 …… Jasmin Jones [Kingsway], 2016
37-2 …… Shamyra Brown [Oakcrest], 2006
37-1 ¾ … Tabatha Haskins [Shawnee], 2005
37-1 …… Taliya Rogers [Rancocas Valley], 2015
37-0 ¾ … Ihunna Amugo [Timber Creek], 2015
37-0 …… Patrice Farquharson [Maple Shade], 2011
36-11 ½ … Alisha Fox [Gloucester], 2014
36-11 ½ … Chinwe Nnadi [Penns Grove], 2013
36-11 …… Kristina Tossas [Rancocas Valley], 2019
36-10 ¼ … Neyshka Garcia Perez [Absegami], 2017
36-10 … Lauren Kilson [Clearview], 2006
36-10 … Yvonne Wolef [Middle Twp.], 2010
36-10 … Alexia Lee [Millville], 2016
36-9 ¾ … Samantha Hunger [Sterling], 2006
36-9 ½ … Anaya Young [Rancocas Valley], 2019
36-9 ½ … Abena Asare [Eastern Reg.], 2013

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