SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick High School alumni Courteney Campbell recently broke a Rutgers University high jump record during a meet at Vanderbilt University. She jumped five feet and eleven inches breaking the all-time record for high jump at the school as well as a personal record. Campbell graduated from South Brunswick High School in 2017 when she also broke the record for high jump at five feet and nine inches. She is currently in her junior year at Rutgers University- New Brunswick and majoring in Sports Psychology.
Courteney Campbell started to do track and field during her junior year in high school under coaches Stefan Moorhead and Daniel Mura. Before becoming involved with track and field, she spent years as a cheerleader in South Brunswick. She later earned an athletic scholarship to Rutgers University, Campbell gives all the credit for her success to her high school coaches.
“My coaches saw my physique, I’m pretty tall, and they tried me in high jump, and I was pretty bad when I started,” Campbell said. “But my coaches still saw potential in me and wanted to keep training me. I just really took off from there and I love to do it.”
Campbell called South Brunswick a "powerhouse" for student athletes, citing the multiple students who have gone on to compete at D1 schools such as Rutgers University, Monmouth University and the University of Pittsburgh. She lends all the credit once again to her two track and field coaches during her time at South Brunswick High School, coaches Stefan Moorhead and Daniel Mura.
“They are the best high school track coaches in New Jersey to me,” Campbell said.“They really know how to train and how to get you to perform at your top physical ability. There really is no one like them.”
Campbell has been doing high jumps for Rutgers University during her three years at Rutgers. She is currently preparing for another meet this upcoming week at Boston University and has been training for the Big Ten Championship. She is hoping to make it to nationals which is only for the top 16 in the country. According to Ms. Campbell, she is currently at number four.
When she is not training, Campbell is currently doing an internship at Girls on the Run, an organization that specializes in empowerment for young women and physical education.
“I have been helping younger girls in the fifth grade or so learn how to develop skills that will help them through life,” Campbell said.“I become a coach for them, and it is something that I really believe in and am proud to do.”