Pennsville graduate Zach Manorowitz, a at Rider, won the long jump Saturday at the 100th IC4A Championships at Boston University with a leap of 24-4 ½.
Manorowitz finished three inches ahead of Glenn Butler of Lincoln (Pa.) of Oxford, Pa., who placed second with a 24-1 ½ jump.
Manorowitz missed his PR of 24-5 ¾, set just two weeks ago when he won the Metro Atlantic Championships title at the Armory.
On Saturday, Manorowitz popped the winning jump on his first attempt. He followed with legal jumps of 23-6 ½ and 23-3 before fouling on his three attempts in the finals.
Manorwitz now ranks No. 2 in Rider history, behind only Tyree Adams, who leaped 24-9 ¼ in 2017.
The IC4A – the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America – has been around for a century, but good luck trying to find any previous results from their indoor championships. Their web site has nothing. Like zippo. How can a meet with this much history not provide all-time individual winners going back to the 1920s and all-time performance lists? They don’t. So I can’t tell you how many IC4A long jump winners Rider has had. Or anything else about the 99 long jump competitions that preceded this one.
But in any event, Manorowitz has improved dramatically since his days at Pennsville, where he had an outdoor PR of 21-6 and never competed indoors. He graduated from Pennsville in the spring of 2019 and then didn’t compete again until the spring of 2021 at Rider.
From his last meet at Pennsville – the Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington in Mansfield on June 8, 2019 (he was 29th in the triple jump and 25th in the long jump) – until his first meet for Rider – the Monmouth Spring Invitational in West Long Branch on April 8, 2021 – it was a span of 670 days without a meet.
Manorowitz hit 24-5 as a freshman this past May at the MAC Championships on his home track – No. 2 in program history outdoors – and also placed 4th in the triple jump, hitting 45-4 ½ at the conference meet and 46-0 ½ last month when he placed 5th at the indoor conference meet.
He does not appear to be entered in the IC4A triple jump on Sunday, which means his indoor season is over.