Timber Creek graduate Jaden Johnson, a freshman at New Jersey Institute of Technology, popped an indoor triple jump PR Friday in the Wagner Invitational at Ocean Breeze and broke the school record for the second time in as many meets.
Johnson jumped 47-3 ¾ and placed second to Malachi Aiken of St. Francis of Brooklyn, who won the event with a 49-2 ¼.
Johnson set an indoor school-record 46-11 ½ last month, also at Ocean Breeze, in his first collegiate triple jump competition.
At Timber Creek, Johnson had an indoor PR of 46-11 ¾ from his 4th-place finish in Nike Indoor Nationals – also at Ocean Breeze – this past March. He set his overall PR of 47-7 ½ in June when he won the state Group 3 title at Pennsauken.
Johnson had a terrific series Friday, with two jumps over 47 feet and three others over 46 feet. He opened with a 47-1 ¼ – his first indoor PR of the day – and then hit 46-7 ½ and 46-9 ½ on his last two jumps of the prelims. After a 45-3 ¾ to open the finals, he hit the 47-3 ¾ and finished with a 46-1 ½.
Johnson’s six legal jumps averaged 46-6 ½ – just five inches shy of his previous indoor lifetime best.
NJIT’s outdoor school record is 45-4 ¼ set by Jason Poppe at the 2014 Collegiate Track Conference Championships in Middletown, Ct.