Ahmir Johnson destroys Rowan triple jump school record!!!!!!

Rowan junior Ahmir Johnson shattered the school record and meet record in the triple jump Friday at the AARTFC Championships in Rochester.

Johnson leaped 48-11 ½ on his second attempt at Golisano Training Facility on the Nazareth College campus and won the event by 2 ½ feet over Amarian Hughes, a freshman at SUNY Cortland (N.Y.). He reached 46-3 on his third attempt.

Johnson broke his own record of 48-8 ¼ set at the same meet at the same facility in 2020. He broke the 28-year-old meet record of 48-10 ¼ set in 1994 by Geoffrey Rono of Rochester’s Roberts Wesleyan at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and broke his own facility record of 48-8 ¼. AARTFC stands for All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference, a collection of Division 3 conferences in the Northeast.

Johnson, a graduate of Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pa., has a lifetime best of 49-7 when he won the NCAA Division 3 national title at North Carolina A&T this past spring in Greensboro, N.C.

The 48-11 ½ moved Johnson into the No. 3 spot in NCAA Division 3 this year, behind Jonathan Wilburn of Wisconsin-Oshkosh [49-8 ½ last weekend in Platteville, Wisc.] and Will Ross of Illinois College [49-1 ½] in January at Davenport, Iowa.

Johnson got off five legal jumps Friday and all five were good enough to win the meet.

He opened with a 46-10 ¼ and then the 48-11 ½ winner, following up with jumps of 47-6 ½, 47-11 ¼ and 47-7 ¾ before a foul on his final attempt.

His five legal jumps averaged 47-9 ¼, well beyond his best previous triple jump this year, a 46-10 ¼ in a meet last month at Ithaca.

Johnson is a transfer from Gwynned-Mercy , where he jumped 46-8 ¼ during the 2019 indoor season. At Wissahickon, he set a Suburban One-American triple jump record of 48-5 ¾ in a meet at Glen Mills.

Johnson has also long jumped 23-2 ¼ this year, No. 26 in NCAA Division 3.

He’ll compete in the triple jump at NCAA Division 3 nationals next weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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