The amazing Shane Paynter, a triple jump trailblazer! And the S.J. indoor all-time top-50!!!

I couldn’t find out much about Shane Paynter, but he sounds like a heck of an athlete.

The indoor triple jump was an oddity for South Jersey athletes until the past 15 years or so. Although it’s been contested at a high level in Bergen County and other pockets of North Jersey since the 1970s, South Jersey athletes rarely contested it.

Which is why 47 of the top 50 marks in South Jersey history are from 2005 or later.

But in the winter 1978, Paynter, a football player, top-8 U.S. scholastic decathlete and 172-foot javelin thrower from West Deptford High School, leaped 42-6 1/2, which at the time was the No. 7 mark in state history.

Where did it happen? I’m guessing Easterns, since that’s the only meet in the area that had an indoor triple jump that West Deptford could have been at. I have 6-deep results from 1978 Easterns, and they go down to 44-4 1/4, so if that’s where it happened it was a non-scoring mark.

But it stood as a South Jersey record for 23 years. In fact, nobody else from South Jersey even got a legal mark of even 41 feet for over 20 years. You’ll notice there isn’t a single mark on the top-50 list from 1979 through 2000.

Joe Williams of Willingboro finally ended that drought when he went 43-1 3/4 to win the 2001 Varsity Classic at the Armory by 1 1/2 inches over Scharai Horton of Glen Mills. And thanks to the Morristown Daily Record for running complete results of the Varsity Classic in its Feb. 14, 2001, editions, because these sort of results are extremely tough to find when newspapers don’t post results.

With the triple jump growing in popularity, the South Jersey record took off starting in 2005.

Carl Smith of Camden went 44-9 1/4 at the 2005 Varsity Classic at the Armory, then Rhodeni Spence of Wilson increased the mark by 2 1/2 feet with a 47-3 in the 2007 season opener at the Bishop Loughlin Games at the Armory (he got hurt soon after and missed the rest of the season.)

Camden’s Wayne Walls extended the South Jersey record to 48-1 1/4 when he was third at 2009 indoor nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Haddon Heights Dominique Irons extended it to 48-9 at the 2013 New Balance Games at the Armory and Delsea’s Khaliel Burnett brought the mark to its current 49-1 at 2018 Easterns at the Armory.

But Shane Paynter was a pioneer, the first indoor triple jumper in South Jersey history and still No. 6 in South Jersey history and No. 8 in Gloucester County history some 42 years later.

All-Time Boys S.J. Indoor Triple Jump Top-50

49- 1 …..… Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
48- 9 …..… Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
48- 8 ½ … Tristan Wilson [Delsea], 2014
48- 1 ¼ … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
47- 3 …..… Rhodeni Spence [Woodrow Wilson], 2007
46-10 ¾ … Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 2020
46- 5 …….. Orion Joyner [Kingsway], 2019
46- 3 ½ … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2018
45-10 …..… Kevin Kevelier [Collingswood], 2020
45- 3 ½ … Zakiyy Williams [Rancocas Valley], 2015
45- 0 …….. Earnest Daniel [Kingsway], 2017
44-11 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
44-9 ½ … Josh Gray [Timber Creek], 2012
44-9 ¼ … Carl Smith [Camden], 2005
44-6 ¾ … Kyle Bryant [Cherry Hill East], 2013
44-3 … Ebeneezer Edzii [Millville], 2019
44-1 ¾ … Jordan Floyd [Rancocas Valley], 2020
44-0 … Dejon Sullivan [Camden], 2014
43-10 ¾ … Jermane Owens [Lenape], 2014
43-9 ½ … Emmanuel Udutong [Cinnaminson], 2015
43-6 ½ … Bobby Arnold [Salem], 2020
43-6 … Mubeen Momodu [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019
43-3 ¼ … Spencer Liu [Cinnaminson], 2016
43-2 … Zecheriah Johnson [Woodstown], 2017
43-1 ¾ … Joe Williams [Willingboro], 2001
43-1 ¼ … Kevin Harrison [Lenape], 2015
43-1 … Jaquay Redding [Pemberton], 2015
43-1 … Charles Naone-Carter [Sterling], 2016
42-11 … Brandon Boggs [Rancocas Valley], 2017
42-11 … Jose Gonzalez [Deptford], 2014
42-10 ¾ … Kennedy Omari [Cherry Hill East], 2016
42-10 ¼ … Ta’riq Thomas [Woodstown], 2014
42-10 … Ahmad Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
42-8 ¼ … Za’quan Singleton [Millville], 2017
42-8 … Jamil Henry [Camden], 2010
42-6 ½ … Shayne Paynter [West Deptford], 1978
42-6 … Kason Barrett [Schalick], 2017
42-5 … Charles Waugh [Camden], 2007
42-2 ½ … Larry Russell [Timber Creek], 2015
42-2 ¼ … Alan Tucker [Paul VI], 2018
42-2 … Mike Rivard [Haddonfield], 2009
42-0 ½ … Mike Hall [Glassboro], 2020
41-11 ¼ … Timothy Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
41-11 … Nkenna Opara [Cherokee], 2018
41-11 … Trevor Green [Buena Reg.], 2019
41-11 … Keenan Henry [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2014
41-10 ¼ … Liam Bergman [Ocean City], 2017
41-8 ½ … Liam Alderman [Rancocas Valley], 2014
41-8 ½ … Timothy Farrar [Eastern], 2016
41-6 ¾ … Eron Daniel [Kingsway], 2018

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