It’s been a crazy couple months of astounding improvement for Eastern senior Tavion Corbett-Collier, who placed second in both horizontal jumps at the state Group 4 meet at Franklin Township.
Corbett-Collier jumped 22-7 1/4 to take second in the long jump, coming within 2.75 inches of his PR of 22-10, set at Delsea last month. He jumped a PR 46-5 1/2 for second in the triple jump.
Piscataway senior Kaelen Mitchell won the long jump at 23-11 1/2 and Mount Olive junior A.J. McKay won the triple jump with a 47-0.
Corbett-Collier goes into Saturday’s Meet of Champions at South Plainfield as the No. 5 seed in the triple jump and No. 7 seed in the long jump.
Corbett-Collier also ran 11.21 in the 100 on Friday and could race the dash at the M-of-C if he chooses.
He’ll be joined in the triple jump Saturday by junior teammate Aaron Brooks, who placed fifth at states at 44-0 and also qualified in the 110 highs with a 14.99 for third at states.
Eastern’s last medalist at the Meet of Champions was Peter Flacco, who took fifth in the javelin in 2015.
Corbett-Collier came into the season with a lifetime triple jump PR of 41-0, set in the spring of 2019 when he won the Olympic Conference title at Washington Township.
He then proceeded to set five PRs – 41-5 1/4 in a dual meet against Washington Township, 42-11 in a Delsea field event meet, 43-2 1/2 at the Olympic Conference meet, 46-2 at sectionals and 46-5 1/2 at states.
So he’s added 3 feet, 3 inches to his PR just since June 3!
Corbett-Collier now ranks No. 28 in South Jersey history in the triple jump and No. 2 in school history, behind Mikhail Micheaux’s 47-7 1/2 at the 2014 Hall of Fame Relays in Maple Shade.
Before this month, Corbett-Collier long jump PR was a 20-11 at the Bubble in Toms River during the 2020 indoor season, and his outdoor PR was a 20-3 from the 2019 South Jersey Invitational.
His first 21-foot jump was on April 17 in a meet in Edison, and his first 22-foot jump was May 19 in that dual meet against Washington Township. So he’s hit 21, 22 and 23 feet for the first time in the span of 55 days!