Highland’s Deserea Byrd was a triple jump pioneer! Here’s the all-time S.J. girls indoor TJ top-50!!!

The indoor triple jump didn’t really exist for South Jersey girls until a few years after Easterns moved from Boston to Jadwin in 1996 and ultimately to its permanent home at the Armory in 1997.

The first indoor triple jumper to get a legit mark indoors was Highland’s versatile Desearea Byrd, who set a South Jersey record of 34-2 in 2003. But the triple jump was about her fifth event. Byrd was a 5-4 high jumper, 37-foot shot putter, a capable hurdler, a solid long jumper … she even placed 10th in the indoor pentathlon at nationals in 2003.

Shawnee’s Tabatha Haskins, another super-versatile multi-eventer, hit 35-6 in 2004, and Byrd extended her PR to 34-7 in 2005. South Jersey’s first 36-footer was Rachel Montague of Cherokee, who hit 36-4 at the 2008 Poreda Invite at Lawrenceville’s Lavino Fieldhouse.

That stood as the South Jersey record until Millville’s Javona Ford jumped 36-6 at 2010 Easterns. Ford, like all the others, was multi-talented – a 38-8 triple jumper outdoors, an 18-6 long jumper, a 133-foot javelin thrower and a sectional medalist in the high jump!

Lenape’s Shaya Wilkerson was South Jersey’s first indoor 37- or 38-footer with a 38-0 1/2 at Easterns in 2012. She’quell Higgs of Winslow extended the South Jersey record to 38-4 at the 2013 Poreda Invite and held it for six years until amazing Claudine Smith of Atlantic City blasted a 40-1 1/2 at 2019 Nationals at the Armory, No. 6 in state history.

This list is not like most of the others we’ve put together because almost all the marks are recent:

Before 2004: 0
2005-2009: 9
2010-2019: 31
2020: 11

All-Time South Jersey Girls Indoor Triple Jump Top 50

40-1 ½ … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
38-4 … She’quell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2013
38-0 ½ … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], 2012
37-10 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2013
37-7 … Elizabeth Montague [Cherokee], 2014
37-4 … Olivia Wright [Winslow Twp.], 2020
37-2 ½ … Kristina Tossas [Rancocas Valley], 2020
37-1 … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2015
36-9 ¼ … Jasmin Jones [Kingsway], 2016
36-8 ½ … Leah Ellis [Millville], 2019
36-6 ½ … Maryn Hess [Winslow Twp.], 2017
36-6 ½ … Janell Rowe [Sterling], 2016
36-6 … Javona Ford [Millville], 2010
36-5 … Shevell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2020
36-4 … Rachel Montague [Cherokee], 2008
36-2 ¾ … Kiah Walton [Burlington Twp.], 2014
36-1 ½ … Chastiney Pearson [Timber Creek], 2020
36-0 ½ … Taliya Rogers [Rancocas Valley], 2016
36-0 ½ … Keyanna Meade [Burlington Twp.]. 2018
35-11 ¾ … Mariah Stephens [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
35-8 ¾ … Erica Enarusai [Burlington Twp.], 2013
35-8 … Madeline Hunt [Woodstown], 2020
35-7 ¾ … Jordan James [Winslow Twp.], 2020
35-6 ½ … Tabatha Haskins [Shawnee], 2004
35-3 ½ … Alexia Lee [Millville], 2016
35-1 ½ … Shalonda Forrest [Camden], 2014
35-0 ½ … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2014
34-9 ¾ … Brianna McGrath [Winslow Twp.], 2013
34-9 ½ … Nyrae Newman [Millville], 2009
34-9 … Lauren Kilson [Clearview], 2007
34-8 ½ … Anaya Young [Rancocas Valley], 2020
34-7 ¾ … Katie Sellu [Delsea], 2020
34-7 ¼ … Kristen Frombach [Rancocas Valley], 2015
34-7 … Deserea Byrd [Highland], 2005
34-6 ½ … Alex Romanelli [Absegami], 2009
34-5 ¼ … Marissa Decesaris [Cherokee], 2010
34-5 … Abena Asare [Eastern], 2014
34-4 ½ … Akayla Leake [Burlington Twp.], 2017
34-4 ¼ … Stephanie McLean [Willingboro], 2006
33-11 ¾ … Ryan Johnson [Camden], 2008
33-11 ¼ … Natasha Padilla [Millville], 2009
33-10 ¾ … Ihunna Amugo [Timber Creek], 2016
33-10 ½ … Jaeda Butler [Rancocas Valley], 2019
33-10 ½ … Teana Rumph [Millville], 2012
33-7 ½ … Tori Higbee [Cumberland Reg.], 2020
33-7 … Tanyha Smith [Millville], 2020
33-7 … Edirin Akiri [Eastern], 2014
33-6 ¾ … Cierra Bowman [Millville], 2019
33-6 ½ … Courtney James [Burlington Twp.], 2017
33-6 ¼ … Quinteria Allen-Armstead [Millville], 2016
33-6 … Sierra Keller [Cherokee], 2015

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