This is an interesting one.
William Murray, a junior at Mainland Regional, long jumped 21-10 ¼ Tuesday night at the Rebel Shot / Field Series event at the Bubble in Toms River.
That’s the No. 1 jump by a South Jersey this winter, and what makes it unusual is that – at least according to the MileSplit database – Murray had never long jumped before.
According to the database, Murray competed in only one meet all year before Tuesday night, and that was a SJTCA meet at the Bubble two months ago, when he placed 29th in the 55. Before that, his last meet was 2020 indoor sectionals, when he placed 23rd in the 400 as a freshman.
So if the database is correct, this was Murray’s first high school long jump competition ever and his second track meet of any kind in two years.
In any case, Murray bumped Timber Creek’s Chace Pearson out of the top spot in South Jersey this year with his 21-10 ¼ jump. Pearson hit 21-5 on Monday at the Bubble (and also triple jumped 43-3 ¾).
Murray’s jump would match the indoor school record at Mainland set by Paul Klemic – better known as a high jumper – when he went 21-10 ¼ in 1999. Klemic cleared 7-4 ½ to win 2000 Foot Locker Outdoor Nationals in Raleigh, N.C., and went on to become a six-time All-America at Stockton.
It’s also tied for No. 5 in Atlantic County history indoors and the best jump since Oakcrest’s Reginald Morton hit 21-11 at 2012 New Balance Nationals at the Armory.
Murray placed second Tuesday night behind Middletown North senior Levi Wilson, who jumped an indoor PR 21-11. Wilson is No. 3 in the state. U.S. No. 1 is Lumberton resident but Lawrenceville School senior Greg Foster, who jumped 24-8 at the Mercer County Championships last month.
Here’s what I have for the all-time indoor Atlantic County top-10 list, with two of the marks coming this month. Egg Harbor Township junior Ahmad Fogg hit 20-10 ¼ last week at Ocean Breeze, placing second to Hammonton’s Connor Wright, who is also on this list.
All-Time Atlantic County Indoor Long Jump Top 10
23-2 ½ … Rich Winstead [Egg Harbor Twp.], 1988
22-2 ¼ … Marquis Allen [Oakcrest], 2001
21-11 ¼ … Wayne Davis [Oakcrest], 2005
21-11 … Reginald Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
21-10 ¼ … Paul Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1999
21-10 ¼ … William Murray [Mainland Reg.], 2022
21-5 ¼ … Connor Wright [Hammonton], 2020
21-5 ¼ … Desmond Powell [Oakcrest], 1994
21-0 ¼ … Devon Matthews [Pleasantville], 1999
20-10 ¼ … Ahmad Fogg [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2022