Let’s take a look at the fantastic season multi-talented Highland senior Floyd Whitaker is having.
Whitaker can seemingly excel in any event he tries. And he’s tried a lot.
We know he’s one of the top triple jumpers in the country. He ranked eighth nationally in the triple jump in the last full outdoor season in New Jersey, winning the Meet of Champions at 50-2 1/2 at Northern Burlington – No. 3 in South Jersey history – and then placing eighth at New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
But he does a lot more than triple jump.
At this weekend’s Deptford Spartan Relays, Whitaker cleared 6-4 in the high jump, setting an outdoor PR. He did have a 6-6 clearance in the winter of 2020 at the Bubble. That 6-4 is tied for No. 1 in Ne Jersey. Whitaker and Egg Harbor junior Isaiah Glenn are the only South Jersey jumpers to hit 6-4 this spring.
Whitaker has also excelled in the intermediate hurdles this spring. He ran 56.52 to win the event at the Deptford Spartan Relays after recording a PR of 55.87 the previous week at the Metuchen Relays, where he was second to Rumson Fair-Haven’s Joe Agilione, who is No. 1 in the state. Whitaker is No. 1 in South Jersey in the intermediates and No. 5 in the state.
Whitaker has only long jumped twice, with a season-best of 21-5 from Metuchen. He has a PR of 23-5 1/2 from when he won the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze and an outdoor PR of 22-1 from the 2019 state Group 3 meet at Central Regional. Even without focusing on the long jump this spring, Whitaker is No. 9 in the state and No. 3 in South Jersey, behind only Clayton senior Termeir Hill [22-3 1/2 also at Metuchen) and Hammonton junior Connor Wright [21-7 in a dual meet].
Although he’s never done much high hurdling – he entered this season with a 16.30 PR – Whitaker ran 15.54 in a dual meet at Delsea last week in his only try at the 110 highs this spring. Not sure where that ranks because the MileSplit database doesn’t have a lot of dual meet hurdles marks logged, but it’s pretty high up there,.
And of course there’s the triple jump. Whitaker hit a PR of 47-11 1/2 at the Metuchen Relays and 45-10 1/4 in that Delsea dual meet. He’s No. 1 in the state, ahead of Mount Olive’s A.J. McKay, who hit 47-5, also at Metuchen. Whitaker and McKay went 1-2 at the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions – the last Meet of Champions that was held.
Five events. So far. And he’s among the best in the state in all of them.