Gillian Horvath of New Egypt went into sectionals with a long jump PR of 13-3, according to MileSplit.
So when we talk about surprise sectional champions, she’s at the top of the list!
All Horvath did at the Central Jersey Group 1 meet at Long Branch was PR by nearly THREE FEET and win the long jump with a 16-1 1/4 leap.
Unfortunately, series info isn’t listed in the results, but Horvath won by 4 1/2 inches over another BCSL Freedom Division jumper, Florence junior Olivia Smith, who jumped 15-9 3/4.
Horvath became New Egypt’s first sectional winner since senior Natalie Suess tripled the high jump (5-2), long jump (16-8) and triple jump (37-7 3/4) in Hillsborough in Central Jersey Group 1 in 2016.
Going into states, Horvath is the No. 3 seed in Group 1, behind only Alexandra Samperi of Hasbrouck Heights (16-5 1/4) and Olivia Burrell of Emerson (16-1 3/4).
Horvath was also the No. 5 freshman state-wide in the long jump in all sectionals, although she’s only four inches behind Samperi, who is No. 1.
Before sectionals, MileSplit listed only one long jump result for Horvath this year, a second place at the BCSL Freedom Division meet at Pennsauken with that 13-3 mark behind a different Florence jumper, freshman Kaycee Carnival.
At sectionals, Horvath also placed third in the 100 at 13.27 (PR 13.25 in the trials) and second in the 200 in 27.12 for 24 points. New Egypt placed fourth in team scoring with 50 points.
The Warriors also got a win from senior Kylie Staub in the triple jump.
Technically, New Egypt High School isn’t in South Jersey, but we adopt it because the Warriors compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League and the school is in a section of Plumsted Township in Ocean County that’s about a mile from the Burlington County border.