Egg Harbor Township’s Mariah Stephens became one of the top triple jumpers in South Jersey history at sectionals!!!

Egg Harbor senior Mariah Stephens has been triple jumping consistently in the 36-foot range all year.

In going undefeated heading into sectionals, she had jumped between 35-9 1/2 and 36-9 1/2 in all seven meets that she triple jumped.

Consistency is great, but a 16-inch PR is even better!

Stephens popped a 38-1 to win the South Jersey Group 4 triple jump at Washington Township and earn a spot in the all-time South Jersey top-15.

Her jump ranks No. 13 in South Jersey history and is 7th-best in South Jersey sectional history in all groups. Let’s take a look at the all-time top 10:

39-11 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], SJ-4, 2019 [1]
39-6 1/2 … Bonvie Fossam [Robbinsville], SJ-2, 2017 [1]
39-4 3/4 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], SJ-4, 2018 [1]
39-2 1/4 … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], SJ-4, 2012 [1]
38-5 1/2 … Elizabeth Montague [Cherokee],. SJ-4, 2015 [1]
38-3 … Samantha Rodriguez [Southern Reg.], SJ-4, 2012 [2]
38-1 … Martah Stephens [Egg Harbor Twp.], SJ-4, 2021 [1]

Stephens also PR’d in the 100 (12.77) and high hurdles (15.15) at sectionals, placing fourth in both. And she ran a leg on EHT’s winning 400-meter relay team, joining with sophomore Jayda Green and seniors Anne Rutledge and Lauren Princz to run 48.41, which makes the Eagles the No. 1 seed at states.

But she was at her best in the triple jump, where she now ranks No. 2 in the state, behind Faith Bethea of Snyder High in Jersey City, who jumped 38-10 1/2 at the North Jersey Section 2 Group 3 meet at Middletown North.

She’ll be the No. 1 seed at the state Group 4 meet this weekend at Franklin High School.

Atlantic County has long been a hub of South Jersey triple jumping. Even though Stephens’ mark is No. 13 in South Jersey history, it’s No. 5 in Atlantic County history. And the last three 38-footers in South Jersey have been from Atlantic County.

Here’s the all-time Atlantic County top-10:

42-2 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
39-2 ¼ … Mariah Hubbard [Absegami Reg.], 2016
38-8 … Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], 2001
38-6 … Monet Gist [Atlantic City], 2013
38-1 … Mariah Stephens [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2021
37-7 ¼ … Alex Romanelli [Absegami], 2009
37-7 ¼ … Kyla Edwards [Oakcrest], 2018
37-2 …… Shamyra Brown [Oakcrest], 2006
36-10 ¼ … Neyshka Garcia Perez [Absegami], 2017
36-7 1/4 … Jordean Matthews [Pleasantville], 2004
36-6 … ALyse Miller [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017

For the complete South Jersey all-time top-50 click

Egg Harbor senior Mariah Stephens has been triple jumping consistently in the 36-foot range all year.

In going undefeated heading into sectionals, she had jumped between 35-9 1/2 and 36-9 1/2 in all seven meets that she triple jumped.

Consistency is great, but a 16-inch PR is even better!

Stephens popped a 38-1 to win the South Jersey Group 4 triple jump at Washington Township and earn a spot in the all-time South Jersey top-15.

Her jump ranks No. 13 in South Jersey history and is 7th-best in South Jersey sectional history in all groups. Let’s take a look at all the 38-foot jumpers since the triple jump was added in 2003:

39-11 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], SJ-4, 2019 [1]
39-6 1/2 … Bonvie Fossam [Robbinsville], SJ-2, 2017 [1]
39-4 3/4 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], SJ-4, 2018 [1]
39-2 1/4 … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], SJ-4, 2012 [1]
38-5 1/2 … Elizabeth Montague [Cherokee],. SJ-4, 2015 [1]
38-3 … Samantha Rodriguez [Southern Reg.], SJ-4, 2012 [2]
38-1 … Martah Stephens [Egg Harbor Twp.], SJ-4, 2021 [1]

Stephens also PR’d in the 100 (12.77) and high hurdles (15.15) at sectionals, placing fourth in both.

But she was at her best in the triple jump, where she now ranks No. 2 in the state, behind Faith Bethea of Snyder High in Jersey City, who jumped 38-10 1/2 at the North Jersey Section 2 Group 3 meet at Middletown North.

She’ll be the No. 1 seed at the state Group 4 meet this weekend at Franklin High School.

Atlantic County has long been a hub of South Jersey triple jumping. Even though Stephens’ mark is No. 13 in South Jersey history, it’s No. 5 in Atlantic County history. And the last three 38-footers in South Jersey have been from Atlantic County.

Here’s the all-time Atlantic County top-10:

42-2 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
39-2 ¼ … Mariah Hubbard [Absegami Reg.], 2016
38-8 … Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], 2001
38-6 … Monet Gist [Atlantic City], 2013
38-1 … Mariah Stephens [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2021
37-7 ¼ … Alex Romanelli [Absegami], 2009
37-7 ¼ … Kyla Edwards [Oakcrest], 2018
37-2 …… Shamyra Brown [Oakcrest], 2006
36-10 ¼ … Neyshka Garcia Perez [Absegami], 2017
36-7 1/4 … Jordean Matthews [Pleasantville], 2004
36-6 … ALyse Miller [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017

For the complete South Jersey all-time top-50 click here.

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