PTFCA Indoor States Preview: Boys' Field

Boys' Long Jump Preview

It's been a big year for long jumpers and that should continue into Sunday with a very open competition for the top spot in the event. The top-ranked entry is Ezra Mellinger of Lampeter-Strasburg. Mellinger, a junior, has come a long way this winter since not qualifying for outdoor states this past spring. He jumped past 22 feet twice before a monster leap of 23-5.75 to win at the PTFCA Carnival and take over the state lead.

But the PA#1 will have his share of challengers. The field will be without Wissahickon's Ahmir Johnson (PA#2; eighth in 2017) and Germantown Academy's Kyle Garland (PA#5; second in 2017) due to injuries, but the field is still stacked without those stars.

Ayden Owens of North Allegheny will be a factor for the win. The multis-specialist will be busy with rounds of the 60-meter hurdles to get through, but he's shown that he can easily deal with that. He jumped 23-3.5, just off his all-conditions PR, to win at TSTCAs last week. Look for Owens to put up more big jumps this week. Brendan Sparr of Schuylkill Valley (PA#4) always steps up at the right time. He was fifth a year ago and has won two AA outdoor state crowns in his career.

Among the other contenders for the win here includes Edner Dorwil of George Washington (PA#6), Isaiah Ritchie of Saint Joseph's Prep (PA#8), and Akeem Cooper of Imhotep (PA#9)

Boys' Long Jump Entries:

Event 28  Boys Long Jump (17)
 Meet Record:  24-04.50  3/4/1989    Ron Dickerson, State College              
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Bolles, David                 12 Malvern Prep                
  2  Cooper, Akeem                 12 Imhotep Inst                
  3  Cox, Titan                    11 Manheim Twp                 
  4  Dorwil, Edner                 12 G Washington                
  5  Duncan, Marshall              12 C B East                    
  6  Ekoko, Brendon                12 Easton Area                 
  7  Hamilton, Lance               11 State College               
  8  Hefkin, Jake                  11 State College               
  9  Johnson, Ahmir                12 Wissahickon                 
 10  Mabins, Caleb                 11 McDowell                    
 11  Martin, Colson                10 Spring Grove                
 12  Mellinger, Ezra               11 Lampeter Strasb             
 13  Owens, Ayden                  12 North Allegh                
 14  Ressler, Darien               11 Hempfield (3                
 15  Ritchie, Isaiah               12 St Joe Prep                 
 16  Sparr, Brendan                12 Schuylkill V                
 17  Williams, Adontrell           11 Lower Merion