Williamstown’s Edwyn Pierre is enjoying a breakout junior year for Rutgers in the high hurdles.
Pierre came into this season with a 60-meter highs PR of 8.19 from a meet at Ocean Breeze in January of 2019.
He didn’t compete outdoors in 2019 or indoors or outdoors in 2020, so coming into January he hadn’t raced in two years.
But at a meet at Penn State’s Ashenfelter Track on Jan. 16 – his first race in 23 months – he ran a huge PR of 8.04, finishing just 16-100ths of a second behind Penn State sophmore Sincere Rhea, the 2019 national indoor scholastic champion from St. Augustine, who won the race in 7.88.
Pierre backed the 8.04 up with an 8.09 a week later in the trials of another meet at Penn State (then 8.13 in the finals) and then ran 8.12 last weekend, again in State College.
So Pierre has run four high hurdles races this indoor season and they’re all well under his previous PR.
Pierre now ranks 10th in the Big Ten this indoor season. Rhea ranks No. 3 with his 7.88 (which he’s run twice).
According to Rutgers’ media guide, Pierre’s 8.04 equals the No. 4 mark in school history and is fastest since Chais Hill of Highland ran 7.97 at the 2016 Big Ten Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
7.86 … Kyle Grady, 2010
7.91 … Dave Klics, 2004
7.97 … Chais Hill, 2016
8.04h … Ray Davis, 2010
8.15 … Ameer Wright, 2010
Pierre has outdoor PRs of 14.42 for the 110 highs (No. 8 in school history) and 52.71 for the 400 intermediates (No. 9 in school history).
(Interesting to note that four of the eight-fastest 400IH times in Rutgers history were recorded by South Jersey hurdlers: Delsea’s Aaron Younger set the school record of 50.65 in 2010, Lenape’s Steve Swern is No. 4 at 51.68, Delran’s Harran Williams is No. 7 at 52.19 and Pierre is No. 9.)