Clayton senior TerMeir Hill joined some incredibly elite company this past weekend with the rarest of track accomplishments: The sectional individual quad.
Hill became only the fifth South Jersey boy ever to win four individual events at a sectional meet and the first in nine years.
On Friday at Washington Township, Hill won the 100 in 10.86 and the triple jump with a 44-6 3/4 and then on Saturday he won the 200 in 22.59 and the long jump with a 23-6 1/2.
All except the 200 were lifetime bests!
Hill’s 40 points helped Clayton win its first sectional title, 101-92, over Audubon.
There was only one other boys quad state-wide this weekend. Sincere Robinson of Newark Tech, competing in the North Section 2 Group 2 meet at Middletown North, won the 110 highs in 14.65, the high jump at 6-4, the long jump with a 23-9 3/4 and the triple jump at 46-11.
Incredibly, the only girls quad this weekend was also turned in by a Clayton senior. That was Amirah Sharpe, who won the 200 in 25.37, the 400 in 56.24, the 800 with a 2:20.54 and the intermediate hurdles in 1:04.20 in the girls Group 1 meet at Washington Township.
As for Hill, he goes into this weekend’s state Group 1 meet at Pennsauken as the No. 3 seed in the 100, No. 2 seed in the 200 (behind Willingboro freshman Malachi James), No. 2 seed in the triple jump and No. 1 seed in the long jump.
Until the early 1990s, the NJSIAA allowed athletes to enter only three individual events and one relay, so there were no quads before then.
Here’s a look at the four previous South Jersey boys quads!
ROYCE REED, BRIDGETON, 1995: Competing in Group 3 on his home track, Reed won the 200 in 21.9, the 400 in 48.4, the 400 intermediates in a then-meet record 53.3 and the javelin with a throw of 203-3. Reed won the javelin, intermediates and 400 easily, but in the 200 he edged Egg Harbor’s Khari Reynolds by 1-10th of a second.
NICK BROWN, BRIDGETON, 1999: Another Bridgeton great. In Group 2 at Buena four years after Reed, Brown won the 200 in 22.0, the 400 with a meet-record 47.6, the long jump with a 23-5 and the high hurdles in 13.9. It was not an easy quad. In the 400, Pleasantville’s Devon Matthews also ran 47.6, with the hand timers giving Brown the edge. Brown edged Matthews in the 200 as well (22.0 to 22.2).
REUBEN MCCOY, WINSLOW TWP., 2004: McCoy was dominant at Egg Harbor in a Group 4 quad. He ran 21.53 to win the 200 by more than half a second, ran 47.38 to beat a very good quarter-miler from Vineland, Marcus Lee, by more than a second (Lee ran 48.61), out-raced teammate Robert Penn to win the 110 highs 14.09 to 14.29 and edged Lee in a very fast intermediates race, McCoy winning in 52.24 and Lee running 52.59.
ANTHONY AVERETT, WOODBURY, 2012: In Group 1 at Egg Harbor, Averett won the 100 in 10.91, the 200 in 22.66 (why did they run trials in a FAT-timed 200?), the long jump with a 23-7 3/4 and the high jump with a 6-4 clearance. Averett, a cornerback, played football at Alabama and has been with the Ravens since they drafted him in the 4th round in 2018.