Top 2008-09 Season Returning CPS Triple Jump Distances
47-11.25 Jonathon Gardner (sr) - Whitney Young
47-8.25 Nigel Jolly (sr) - Morgan Park
44-3.75 Matthew Funches (sr) - Kenwood
42-9 Massie Brock (sr) - Kenwood
41-7.5 Anthony Regulus (jr) - Whitney Young
41-2.5 Tashuan Johnson (jr) - Harlan
41-0 Steven Newman (jr) - Morgan Park
40-1.5 Joseph Hardnett (jr) - North Lawndale
39-11 Melvin Johnson (sr) - Harlan
39-11 Marquis Crawford (sr) - Urban Prep
39-10 Michael Jones (jr) - South Shore
39-7.25 Ladarius Madlock (sr) - North Lawndale
39-2.5 Jonathon Jackson (sr) - Lane Tech
39-1.5 Rayvaughn Hines (sr) - Urban Prep
The CPS returns the state triple jump champion in Jonathon Gardner (sr) of Whitney Young and the state triple jump runner up in Nigel Jolly (sr) of Morgan Park. Those two are going to be near the top again in 2010 and are within striking distance of two records. The first is the IHSA state meet record of 51'11.5 set by future Olympian Mike Conley of Luther South in 1981. The second is the Public League state meet record set by the legendary Larry Streeter of Phillips who leaped a 49-11 in 1981.
The third top returnee for the CPS is senior Matthew Funches of Kenwood. Funches quietly placed 12th in the triple jump last year in class AA. I say quietly, because Funches is a great triple jumper, one of the best ever for Kenwood, yet his 12th place state finish largely went unnoticed due to the performances of Gardner, Jolly, and teams like Lane and Harlan last year. Do not overlook Funches this year. He has the athletic ability to jump distances near the Gardner and Jolly range.
The"Funches" of the 2009-10 track season could be a number of people. The CPS returns an astounding 8 athletes who leaped at least 40 feet last year. Massie Brock(sr) of Kenwood, Anthony Regulus (jr) of Whitney Young, Tashuan Johnson (jr) of Harlan, Steven Newman(jr) of Morgan Park, and Joseph Hardnett of North Lawndale are all 40+ feet leapers that return this year. I suspect that at least one of them will leap in the mid 40's and will be a factor at the state meet this year.
I like Steven Newman of Morgan Park. The junior leaped at frosh-soph city last year and looks to be the heir apparent at Morgan Park, once the Jolly reign ends.