The Paul VI half-miler who held the S.J. indoor long jump record before Carl Lewis! And the all-time top-50!!!

Ever wonder who held the South Jersey indoor long jump record before Carl Lewis?

I did. So I looked it up.

John Bakey of Paul VI competed in one track meet during the winter of 1975 and won the long jump at the Catholic Track Conference Championships at Jadwin Gym with a jump of 21-5, according to results in the Home News newspaper on Feb. 3, 1975.

Bakey became a pretty good half-miler running for the late, great Paul VI coach Jim Camburn, who later became A.D. at Buena. Here’s a story I found from 1975 about Bakey from long-time Courier-Post track writer Walt Schumann (and look at those tire prices!):

Courier_Post_Thu__May_15__1975_

As for Lewis, he didn’t long jump indoors in his two years at Kennedy, but in his first indoor meet after he transferred to Willingboro after the 1976-77 school year, he went 23-6 at the Delaware Valley Championships at the Civic Center in West Philadelphia.

That broke Bakey’s South Jersey record and the state record of 22-11 3/4, set in 1973 by Ken Blackwell of Westfield High.

Carl extended the record to 23-11 1/4 at 1978 Easterns at Jadwin Gym and then in the winter of 1979 he broke the record again with a  24-7 at the North Carolina State Invitational at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., before his 25-5 1/2 at Easterns, which remains the state record.  

As for Bakey, it looks like he still holds the Paul VI indoor record, 45 years later!

I got carried away and looked up every indoor jump of 21-0 or better, so this top-50 list is actually almost a top-100 list. Anybody missing? Let me know in the comments!

All-Time South Jersey Boys Indoor Long Jump Top-50

25-5 ½ … Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1979
24-6 ¼ … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
24-2 ½ … Isaac Samuels [Kennedy], 1983
24-0 ¾ … Mike Morrison [Willingboro], 2003
24-0 ½ … William Spearmon [Wilson], 1996
23-11 ½ … Kerry Vivett [Edgewood], 1985
22-10 ¾ … Nick Brown [Bridgeton], 1999
23-10 ….. Matt Rose [Bordentown], 1985
23-9 …… Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2009
23-7 ¾ … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012
23-5 ½ … Floyd Whitaker [Highland Reg.], 2020
23-4 ½ … Maurice Hunter [Woodbury], 1983
23-4 ….. Andrew Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2011
23-3 ¾ … Jamar Byrd [Vineland], 2005
23-2 ½ … Rich Winstead [Egg Harbor Twp.], 1988
23-1 ….. Mikhail Micheaux [Eastern], 2014
23-0 ….. Derek King [Cumberland Reg.], 1984
22-11 ½ … Chris Gillis [Pennsauken], 2001
22-11 ½ … Antwan Dickerson [Pennsauken], 2013
22-11 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
22-10 ¾ … Will Mobley [Eastern], 1990
22-9 ¼ … Khalim Barge [Camden], 1999
22-9 ¼ … Shai Mumford [West Deptford], 2013
22-9 … John Meekins [Cinnaminson], 1987
22-8 ½ … Chris Steliga [Cherokee], 2008
22-7 ¾ … Hede Dewberry [Willingboro], 1981
22-7 ¼ … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2017
22-7 … Jermaine Jackson [Wilson], 1991
22-7 … Darin Washington [Winslow Twp.], 2008
22-6 ½ … Carl Smith [Camden], 2005
22-6 ½ … Iverson Clement [Rancocas Valley], 2017
22-5 ¾ … Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
22-5 … Sherron Bullock [Camden], 2003
22-3 ¾ … Larry Russell Jr. [Timber Creek], 2015
22-3 ½ … Damon Johnson [Vineland], 1994
22-3 ¼ … Khaliq Price [Winslow Twp.], 2003
22-3 … Maurice Young [Camden], 1999
22-2 ¼ … Marquis Allen [Oakcrest], 2001
22-2 ¼ … Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2012
22-2 … Sean Mayers [Cherokee], 2002
22-2 … Adwon Parker [West Deptford], 2006
22-1 ¾ … Tahmir Clark [Rancocas Valley], 2020
22-1 … Ryan Givens [Ocean City], 2014
22-0 … Marcus Brown [Bridgeton], 2001
22-0 … Damir Lomax [Delsea], 2020
21-11 ¾ … Areon Robinson [Kennedy], 1985
22-11 ½ … Steven Johnson [Pennsauken], 2001
21-11 ¼ … Wayne Davis [Oakcrest], 2005
21-11 … Mel Long [Willingboro], 1982
21-11 … Kason Barrett [Schalick], 2017
21-11 … Reginald Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
21-10 ½ … Dwayne Ross [Moorestown], 1989
21-10 ½ … Jalen Blango [Rancocas Valley], 2020
21-10 ¼ … Paul Grimes [Shawnee], 1982
21-10 ¼ … Justin Farrar [Willingboro], 1997
21-10 ¼ … Paul Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1999
21-8 ½ … Andre Daniels [Kennedy], 1978
21-8 ½ …Stacy Crawford [Bridgeton], 1990
21-8 ¼ … Curtis Custis [Bridgeton], 1997
21-8 ¼ … Nate Robertson [Willingboro], 2020
21-8 … Ferrell Cooper [West Deptford], 2011
21-8 … Ameer Waugh [Camden], 2008
21-11 ¼ … Arkenny Wade [Willingboro], 1993
21-8 ¾ … Preston Beckley [Eastern], 1993
21-7 ¼ … Jamal Tillman [Vineland], 1994
21-7 ¼ … Julian Norman [Woodstown], 2017
21-7 … Jason Knight [Salem], 1991
21-6 ¾ … Tim Kent [Bridgeton], 1996
21-6 ½ … Craig Howard [Washington Twp.], 1998
21-6 ½ … Mel Colvin [Delsea], 1999
21-6 ½ … Joe Williams [Willingboro], 2001
21-6 ¼ … Shonn Greene [Winslow Twp.], 2003
21-6 … Jaquay Redding [Northern Burlington], 2014
21-5 ¼ … Brian Young [Overbrook], 1991
21-5 ¼ … Desmond Powell [Oakcrest], 1994
21-5 ¼ … Connor Wright [Hammonton], 2020
21-5 … John Bakey [Paul VI], 1975
21-5 … Tyrone Williams [Cherry Hill West], 1988
21-5 … Blaine Bartlett [Penns Grove], 1999
21-4 ½ … Clifton Green [Schalick], 1992
21-4 ½ … Wykeen Gill [Rancocas Valley], 1995
21-4 ½ … Bobby Arnold III [Salem], 2020
21-4 ¼ … Chris Feigenbutz [Bishop Eustace], 1999
21-3 ¾ … Terrance Howard [Rancocas Valley], 1998
21-3 ¼ … Corey Thomas [Willingboro], 1989
21-2 ¼ … Jamal Powell [Bridgeton], 1991
21-2 ¼ … Eli Colon [Cumberland Reg.], 1994
21-2 … Brandon Greene [Washington Twp.], 2019
21-1 ¾ … Drew Williams [Paul VI], 2019
21-1 ½ … Enis Hutchinson [Glassboro], 2014
21-2 ¼ … Ed Loges [Shawnee], 1992
21-1 ¼ … Darian English [Wilson], 1991
21-0 ¾ … Clarence Hardy [Winslow Twp.], 2014
21-0 ¼ … Devon Matthews [Pleasantville], 1999
21-0 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
21-0 … Raekwon Little-Martin [Williamstown], 2014

2 thoughts on “The Paul VI half-miler who held the S.J. indoor long jump record before Carl Lewis! And the all-time top-50!!!

  1. Fred L Rucker July 8, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Roob, I admire your research skills and your interesting stories. Continue with your great work.

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    • sjtcaweb July 8, 2020 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks, Ruck! It’s amazing what you can find when you start digging through track history!

      Like

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