Lumberton’s Greg Foster of Lawrenceville School, who just missed Carl Lewis’s state indoor long jump record in March, opened up his spring season with a two-foot outdoor long jump personal best.
Foster jumped 25-4 ½ to win the Ocean Breeze Nationals in March, half an inch less than Lewis jumped at Easterns in 1979 at Jadwin Gym.
But Foster’s official outdoor high school PR coming into his senior year was a modest 21-6 at the MAPL Championships last May at the Peddie School in Hightstown.
He bloomsed over the summer, hitting 22-8 in July at a meet in Baltimore and then 23-6 in August, also at Peddie. But because those meets took place during the summer and weren’t a continuation of the outdoor season they don’t qualify for high school performance lists.
So Foster went into Wednesday with the unusual situation where his indoor PR was nearly four feet beyond his outdoor PR.
He took care of that at the Big Red Classic on his home track at Kueffel Stadium, where he hit 23-6 on his only legal jump. He opened and closed with fouls.
Foster also won the 100 in 11.24 and led off Lawrenceville’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:41.33.
Germantown Academy of Philadelphia and Blair Academy of Blairstown, Warren County, also competed at Lawrenceville Wednesday.