Highland’s Floyd Whitaker, Timber Creek’s Chace Pearson wage terrific long jump battle!

In his first competition since winning the Meet of Champions a year ago, Highland senior Floyd Whitaker leaped 22-0 1/4 in a tri-meet with Timber Creek and Delsea Saturday and Timber Creek junior Chace Pearson took second with a big PR of 21-6.

Whitaker won Meet of Champions titles last March in the long jump at 23-5 1/2 and the triple jump at 46-3 1/4. The 23-5 1/2 is a PR. He has a triple jump PR of 46-10 3/4 from winning Easterns. He hasn’t lost a horizontal jump since the 2019 outdoor season.

Whitaker’s 23-5 1/2 is No. 10 in South Jersey history and was No. 12 in the U.S. last winter. It’s No. 2 in New Jersey in the early portion of the indoor season, behind a 24-3 1/4 by Kaelen Mitchell of Piscataway in a meet in Virginia last month. His 46-10 3/4 is No. 6 in South Jersey history. 

Pearson’s mark is No. 2 in Timber Creek history, behind only Larry Russell Jr.’s 23-3 3/4 to place third at the 2015 Easterns. That was the only time Russell ever competed in the long jump indoors. Russell went on to become a 25-foot jumper and NCAA Division 2 All-America at Barton College in Wilson, N.C.

Pearson’s previous PR was 20-2 1/2 in a SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center last February, and that was his only other mark over 19 feet on record, according to the database.

Whitaker also won the 55 and the 200 Saturday.

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