When Mike Pascuzzo broke the S.J. high jump record 3 times in 32 days! And here’s the all-time S.J. indoor top-50!!!

Now comes the moment I’ve been dreading. I have to say nice things about Mike Pascuzzo.

Just kidding, Mike!

Forty years ago this winter, Pascuzzo broke the South Jersey indoor high jump record three times in 32 days, and he held the South Jersey record for seven years.

Pascuzzo, who every South Jersey track fan knows as an All-America at Maryland (and ACC long jump champ), a two-time Olympic Trials competitor, the long-time Lenape jumps coach and operator of the terrific Verticle Adventures summer track camps, had one heck of a senior year for Lenape.

When the winter began, Mike had a PR of 6-6 and the South Jersey record was 6-8, set by Rancocas Valley’s Barry Anderson at the 1977 state Group 3 meet. Anderson had broken the previous mark of 6-6 1/2 set in 1967 by Jim Bell of Triton Red.

In his very first indoor meet of 1980, the Delaware Valley Interscholastic Indoor Track Championships at the Philadelphia Civic Center, ‘scooze jumped 6-10 to break Anderson’s South Jersey record. Mike finished second in the meet on fewer misses to Desmond DaCosta of Overbrook High in Philadelphia.

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Two weeks later, at the Group 4 state relays at Jadwin Gym, Pascuzzo cleared 6-10 1/2 to break his own record (and combine with Phil Miller to win the title).

A week later, Mike cleared 6-10 1/4 at a South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at Widener in Chester, Pa., but the next night – at the Glassboro State Games at Esby Gym at Glassboro State (now Rowan) – he hit 6-11 for the first time, breaking the S.J. record for a third time.

He went on to win the state Group 4 meet at 6-8 and the Meet of Champions at 6-10.

Terry Ferguson of Cherry Hill West broke Pascuzzo’s S.J. mark in 1987 when he cleared 7-0, and the amazing Mike Morrison of Willingboro set the state indoor mark of 7-4 1/4 in 2003 at the Varsity Classic at the Armory, just missing an attempt at a national-record 7-5 1/2. Morrison’s mark was No. 4 in U.S. history at the time and is still No. 5 today.

As always, please send corrections and omissions to me in the comment’s section. In putting together the list, I tried to find every mark of 6-6 or better, which goes back 59 years! Len Smith of Edgewood was the first South Jersey jumper to clear 6-6, and he did it in 1961!

All-Time S.J. Boys Indoor High Jump List

7-4 1/4 … Mike Morrison [Willingboro], 2003
7-0 … Terry Ferguson [Cherry Hill West], 1987
6-11 … Mike Pascuzzo [Lenape], 1980
6-10 ¾ … Paul Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1999
6-10 … Damon Julian [Edgewood], 1984
6-10 … Raffael Craig [Millville], 1999
6-10 … Josh Butler [Delsea], 2006
6-10 … Devin Bradham [Williamstown], 2015
6-10 … Ameer Banks [Delsea], 2015
6-9 … Andrew Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2011
6-8 ¼ … Mike Murawski [Holy Cross], 2003
6-8 … Barry Anderson [Rancocas Valley], 1977
6-8 … Chris Walsh [Shawnee], 1983
6-8 … Derek King [Cumberland Reg.], 1983
6-8 … Scott Harrison [Willingboro], 1984
6-8 … Kerry Vivett [Edgewood], 1985
6-8 … Ed Malone [Gloucester], 1986
6-8 … Jim Bowles [Rancocas Valley], 1986
6-8 … J.C. Slocum [Bordentown], 1989, 1990
6-8 … Jamal Sanders [Bridgeton], 1994
6-8 … Desmond Powell [Oakcrest], 1994
6-8 … Ryan O’Connell [Mainland Reg.], 1994
6-8 … Victor Mallory [Penns Grove], 1995
6-8 … Ernesto Colon [Pleasantville], 1995
6-8 … Jamal Ames [Vineland], 2004
6-8 … Uchenna Njoku [Cherry Hill East], 2009
6-8 … Ed Kramer [Cherokee], 2010
6-8 … Jeffrey-Jon Tucker [Eastern], 2013
6-8 … Larry Russell [Timber Creek], 2014
6-8 … Tariq Adams [Pleasantville], 2015
6-8 … Nate Robertson [Willingboro], 2020
6-7 ½ … Musa Cooper [Lenape], 1997
6-7 … Aden Tomeo [Audubon], 2020
6-7 … Kameron Smith [Willingboro], 2020
6-6 ½ … Jim Bell [Triton Red], 1967
6-6 … Len Smith [Edgewood], 1961
6-6 … Ty Roork [Millville], 1968
6-6 … Mark Kelly [Audubon], 1971
6-6 … Jim Pringle [Moorestown], 1976
6-6 … Greg James [Edgewood], 1977
6-6 … Carl Mitchell [Rancocas Valley], 1977
6-6 … Gerry Cole [Pemberton], 1978
6-6 … John Sease [Willingboro], 1978
6-6 … Pat Collier [Willingboro], 1983
6-6 … Manny Wilson [Rancocaw Valley], 1983
6-6 … Tyrone Wood [Bridgeton], 1991
6-6 … Marvin Bass [Palmyra], 1993, 1994
6-6 … Dave Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1995
6-6 … Donnell Williams [Rancocas Valley], 1995
6-6 … Terrence Howard [Rancocas Valley], 1997, 1998
6-6 … Craig Howard [Washington Twp.], 1998
6-6 … Jason Palmer [Atlantic City], 1998
6-6 … Chris Feigenbutz [Bishop Eustace], 1999
6-6 … Kevin Mays [Absegami], 2001
6-6 … Kevin Black [Eastern], 2003
6-6 … Dan Mitchell [Lenape], 2003
6-6 … Miles Edwards [Winslow Twp.], 2005, 2006
6-6 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
6-6 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2011
6-6 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012
6-6 … Antwan Dickerson [Pennsauken], 2012
6-6 … Jaquee Munger [Holy Cross], 2012
6-6 … A.J. Vance [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2012
6-6 … Jared Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2013
6-6 … Jake Liebling [Lenape], 2014
6-6 … Evan Adams [Bishop Eustace], 2016
6-6 … Chase Matthews [Kingsway], 2016
6-6 … Kasso Peaks [Eastern], 2018
6-6 … Diomari Gordon [Timber Creek], 2019
6-6 … Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 2020

2 thoughts on “When Mike Pascuzzo broke the S.J. high jump record 3 times in 32 days! And here’s the all-time S.J. indoor top-50!!!

  1. RUSSELL BATES July 5, 2020 / 10:00 am

    EDGEWOOD REG. 1985 South Jersey State Sectionals, Kerry Vivett Jump 6’ 11 1/2.

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    • sjtcaweb July 5, 2020 / 11:16 am

      Russ – I have no record of Kerry jumping higher than 6-8 during the 1985 indoor season, and there were no sectionals back then. My records show Kerry going 6-8 at states and the Meet of Champions, and it looks like he didn’t compete at Easterns. If there’s a superior indoor performance for Kerry please let me know the details. Thanks, Roob

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