Another crazy day for senior Floyd Whitaker, who scored nearly one-third of Highland’s points on the way to the large-school team title at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.
Whitaker ran a personal-best 54.85 to win the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, jumped 46-9 1/4 to win the triple jump, cleared 6-2 for second in the high jump and ran another PR 15.43 for third in the 110-meter highs.
That’s 34 points for Whitaker, and Highland won the large-school division by 31 points over Cherry Hill East, 116-85.
Whitaker’s previous 400IH PR was a 55.87 last month at the Metuchen Relays. His previous 110HH best was 15.54 from a dual meet last month against Delsea.
Whitaker didn’t long jump Saturday, but he won the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze at 23-5 1/2.
He hasn’t lost a triple jump competition since the 2019 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, where he placed eighth. He’s a two-time Meet of Champions triple jump winner and has a PR of 50-2 1/2 from the 2019 outdoor Meet of Champions.
The last time he lost a triple jump to a New Jersey competitor was the 2018 outdoor state meet at Central Regional, where he leaped 47-11 1/4 but took second to Richmond Shasha of Hamilton West, who jumped 48-8. (I was wondering what became of Shasha and it turns out he competed in one meet in his life for DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., and set an indoor school triple jump record of 44-9 1/2 at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse and never competed again.)
Whitaker ranks No. 1 in New jersey in the triple jump with a 47-11 1/2 from the Metuchen Relays last month. He’s No. 2 in New Jersey in the intermediates, behind only Pennsauken sophomore Bryce Tucker’s 54.28 Saturday at the BCSL meet. He’s No. 6 in South Jersey in the high hurdles and No. 4 in the long jump (21-5). He’s also tied for No. 3 in the state in the high jump with a 6-4 from the Deptford Spartan Relays.