Mainland’s Mawali Osunniyi clears 6-6 in high jump for early state lead!!!!!!

Nice start for Mainland Regional senior Mawali Osunniyi, who PR’d in the high jump at 6-6 this weekend, the top mark in New Jersey opening weekend of track season.

Osunniyi’s PR was 6-4 from last year’s Group 3 sectionals at Delsea. He also had a 6-2 at the Cape Atlantic Championships, but those were his only clearances of 6-2 or better last year. Osunniyi, who plays basketball and football for Mainland, was a first-year jumper last year.

That 6-6 places Osunniyi at No. 4 on the all-time Mainland Regional performance list.

Paul Klemic set the state record of 7-4 ½ at the 2000 Foot Locker Championships in Raleigh, N.C. His younger brother Matt cleared 6-8 at the 2002 Atlantic County Championships at Buena.

Ryan O’Connell was Mainland’s first great high jumper. He cleared 6-8 at the 1994 state Group 3 meet, also at South Plainfield.

Osunniyi also triple jumped Saturday for the first time in his track career and hit 42-3, the No. 6 mark in the state after the first weekend of the season.

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