Carol Lewis was still in high school when she broke the American indoor long jump record!!! Here’s the all-time S.J. girls top-50!!!

With the girls indoor long jump, there’s only one place to start.

With Carol Lewis.

On Jan. 31, 1981, Willingboro High School senior Carol Lewis made the trip down to Dallas to compete against the best long jumpers in the world, and she wound up not only beating all of them, she set an American indoor record and set a U.S. high school record that would stand for 36 years.

Lewis, competing at the inaugural Dallas Times Herald Invitational at Reunion Arena, won the long jump with a leap of 21-7 1/2.

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That was the same meet her high school teammate, Michelle Glover, ran the 60-yard dash with a time that remains one of the fastest ever run by a schoolgirl. That story is here.

As for Lewis, she:

♦ Broke the American indoor record of 21-4 3/4 shared by Martha Watson and Kathy McMillan.

♦ Broke the U.S. high school and U.S. junior record of 21-4 3/4 set in 1976 in Greensboro, N.C., by McMillan.

♦ Broke the world junior record of 21-5 1/2, set in 1977 in Bucharest by Gina Ghioroaie of Romania.

Lewis’s 21-7 1/2 remained the U.S. record until 2017, when Tara Davis of Agoura High in Agoura Hills, Calif., jumped 21-11 at the Dunamis Sports Group Prep Classic at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas – about 25 miles north of where Lewis set her record in 1981.

Lewis’s mark remains No. 2 in U.S. history and the New Jersey state record. The closest any New Jersey girl has gotten to Lewis’s mark is just under two feet. Claire Connor of Rahway jumped 19-11 3/4 in 1984.

All-Time South Jersey Girls Indoor Long Jump List

21-7 ½ … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
19-8 ¼ … Tionna Tobias [Winslow], 2016
19-8 ……. Cidae’a Woods [Winslow], 2014
19-7 ½ … Helen Wilks [Bridgeton], 1993
19-3 …….. Leah Ellis [Millville], 2019
18-9 …….. Shameka Speed [Bridgeton], 2002
18-8 ¾ … Artrelia Turner [Wilson], 1984
18-7 ¼ … Shelly Bailey [Woodbury], 1982
18-6 ½ … Tisifinee Taylor [Woodbury], 2002
18-6 ½ … Asia Young [Holy Spirit], 2016`
18-5 ¾ … Lindsey Walsh [Lenape], 2008
18-5 ¼ … Tacquaya Tobias [Our Lady of Mercy], 2011
18-5 …… Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
18-4 ¾ … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
18-4 ½ … Kristin Tricocci [Cinnaminson], 2004
18-4 ¼ … Gabrielle Germann [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
18-3 ½ … Tanisha Jarrett [Cumberland Reg.], 1991
18-2 ¾ … Sable Loper [Woodrow Wilson], 2005
18-2 ¼ … Karissa Watson [Williamstown], 2020
18-1 ¾ … Robin Taylor [Deptford], 1980
18-1 ½ … Shonda Burroughs [Vineland], 1999
18-1 … Tawana McLean [Deptford], 1980
18-1¾ … Emily Carson [Haddonfield], 2013
18-1 ……. Jasmine Staten [Lenape], 2015
17-11 ¾ … Kim Pierce [Camden], 1980
17-11 ¾ … Angela Clyburn [Egg Harbor Twp.], 1991
17-11 ¾ … Rachell Armstead [Millville], 2015
17-11 ½ … Sarah Jone [Bishop Eustace], 2016
17-11 ¼ … Ariel Mitchell [Lenape], 2014
17-11 ½ … Frances Bundy [Pleasantville], 1998
17-10 ½ … Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], 2001
17-10 ¼ … Jenna Niedermayer [Cinnaminson], 2009
17-10 … Kristina Tossas [Rancocas Valley], 2020
17-9 ¾ … Annie Taft [Bishop Eustace], 2005
17-9 ¾ … Shaya Willkerson [Lenape], 2012
17-9 ½ … Nicol Corsey [Deptford], 1997
17-9 ¼ … Hashan Johnson [Bridgeton], 2000?
17-9 ¼ … Jasmin Jones [Deptford], 2018
17-8 ½ … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2014
17-8 ¼ … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
17-7 ¾ … Jen Heisinger [Woodbury], 1991
17-7 … Tina Walls [Williamstown], 1982
17-6 ¾ … Brianna McGrath [Winslow Twp.], 2013
17-6 ½ … Janiyah Davis-Hines [Timber Creek], 2017
17-6 ¼ … Kelly Settles [Sterling], 1985
17-6 ¼ … Anaya Young [Rancocas Valley], 2020
17-5 ½ … Kiera Clemons [Edgewoo], 2000
17-5 … Shaquanda Meylor [Woodrow Wilson], 2006
17-4 ¾ … Skylar Harris [Paul VI], 2020
17-4 ½ … Denise Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
17-4 … Terry Archie [Woodbury], 1986

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