A few months ago, Dillon Page had a high jump PR of 6-2. Now he’s a Meet of Champions winner.
Page became the first Cherry Hill East boy to ever win a Meet of Champions title when he was the only competitor to clear 6-6 Saturday at South Plainfield in the 52nd annual M-of-C.
Page cleared 5-10 and 6-0 on his first attempt, 6-2 on his second and 6-4 on his third and was in fifth place before he sailed over the bar at 6-6 on his second attempt. With his 10th, 11th and 12th jumps of the day, he missed three tries at a personal-best 6-8.
The only previous Meet of Champions winners in Cherry Hill East history are three girls – Erin Halpin in the high jump in 1987, Liz Griesback in the javelin in 1989 and Teneacia Smith in the long jump in 1991 and 1992.
He’s not the first Meet of Champions winner from Cherry Hill, though. Terrance Ferguson of Cherry Hill West won the event at 6-8 in 1986 and 6-10 in 1987.
Page is the first South Jersey M-of-C winner in the high jump since 2015, when Devin Bradham of Williamstown and Marquese Bell of Bridgeton shared the title (why didn’t they have a jump off?).
The last winner from Camden County was Jarrett Carr of Pennsauken in 1994.
Page cleared 6-2 three times during the 2020 indoor season, placing second at the state Group 4 meet and ninth at the Meet of Champions. His big breakthrough came this past March, when he hit both 6-4 and 6-6 for the first time in a dual meet against Washington Township at the Bubble in Toms River.
He didn’t lose a high jump competition the entire outdoor season, clearing a PR of 6-6 1/4 at Group 4 sectionals at Washington Township.
Audubon senior Adam Tomeo, who cleared 6-7 indoors in 2020 and 6-6 earlier this year, wound up sixth at the M-of-C at 6-4.
Highland senior Floyd Whitaker, who won the triple jump, made it three South Jersey jumpers in the top seven with a 6-4 clearance for seventh place.