Kingsway graduate Orion Joyner, a junior at Rhode Island, sailed past the 50-foot barrier for the first time in his life and placed 2nd in the triple jump Sunday at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships in Amherst, Mass.
Joyner fouled on his first two attempts but leaped 50-4 ¾ on his 3rd jump and finished 2nd to Virginia Commonwealth sophomore David Coles, who jumped 51-1 ½ – also a PR – on his fifth attempt.
Joyner’s previous PR was a 48-11 ¾ three weeks ago in Storrs, Conn. Before this season, his PR was 48-7 from the A-10 indoor Championships winin Kingston, R.I., in February. He’s won the last two A-10 indoor titles.
At Kingsway, Joyner jumped 48-1 ¼ at 2019 South Jersey Group 4 sectionals at Washington Township, No. 5 in South Jersey history.
With a 50-4 ¾, Joyner moves into the No. 3 spot in URI history behind Tom Campbell [52-11 in 1992] and Casey Burley [50-10 ¾ in 2018].