Lumberton’s Greg Foster, competing in his first Ivy League Championships, not only won the long jump but broke a 44-year-old meet record.
Foster, a Lawrenceville Prep graduate, jumped 25-9 ½ on his 5th attempt at Dartmouth’s Leverone Fieldhouse, breaking the meet record of 25-5 ½ set at the 1979 meet – also at Dartmouth – by Penn’s James Brown.
Foster came within 5 ½ inches of the all-time Ivy League record for any meet, which is 26-3 by Al Dyer of Princeton in 1990 at the Manhattan Invitational. He also was just shy of the venue record of 25-11 ½ set in 1982 by Army’s Vesco Bradley.
Foster jumped within an inch of his PR of 25-10 ¾, which he set in a meet last month in Annapolis, Md. That’s No. 2 in school history, behind Dyer’s 26-3 some 33 years ago.
Sophomore Jaeschel Acheampong of Harvard placed 2nd with a best jump of 24-11 ¾. Foster opened with a 24-9 ¼ and after a foul finished the trials with a 24-11 ¼. He opened the finals with a 24-3 ½ before popping the 25-9 ½. He fouled on his final attempt.
Foster also ran 8.00 in the 60-meter hurdles trials and goes into Sunday’s final as the No. 2 seed. Harvard junior Samuel Bennett ran 7.92 in a different heat.
Foster’s metric long jump PR and hurdles PR are identical – 7.89.
Foster ranks 6th in the world in the Under-20 category according to World Athletics, and he’s the No. 1 American junior. He’s No. 12 in NCAA Division 1.