BOONTON, NJ - Chatham's Jason Alexis responded to the pressure, passing two competitors in the finals to win the Morris County Track and Field Championships triple jump title on Day 1 of the meet Tuesday at Boonton High.
The senior hit 44 feet, 5 1/2 inches on his second jump of the finals to vault into first place and earn the title.
"I knew I came in here as the top seed, but I couldn't take that for granted," Alexis said. "I knew I had to bring something more to the table. A combination of adrenaline and luck brought me that championship title."
Last week, Alexis set a school record in winning the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference triple jump with a jump of 45 feet, 10 inches.
Alexis started the Morris County meet off with a leap of 43 feet, 2 1/4 inches in the preliminaries with his first jump. That was plenty to qualify for the finals, so he didn't make any other attempts until the championship round.
"I knew if I wanted to make it to the finals, I couldn't settle for a 40," Alexis said. "I knew I'd have to do something that was final worthy. Once I did that, I wanted to let my legs rest for the finals. The triple is a very taxing event on my legs."
Other top performers for Chatham included person record-setters:
Adam Oare in the Discus: 116 feet, 8 inches
Trey Helman in the Intermediate Hurdles: 1:02.5
Ian Higgins in the Triple Jump: 36 feet, 7 inches
Liam Cadden in the 1600: 4:35
Pat Mortensen in the 1600 (spring): 4:32
Filip Bahunek in the Discus
Ian Higgins set a personal record in the triple jump with this leap of 36 feet, 7 inches