A year ago, the high school track community’s focus in the sprint events was on Fabian Santiago from Oakcrest. This year, Union Catholic’s Jordan Jimerson wants to be the one everyone is talking about.
“I want to be like him [Fabian],” Jimerson said. “He absolutely dominated the 100, 200 and 400-meter races last year. I want to be the one dominating this year.”
But Jimerson isn’t only focusing on being the best sprinter in New Jersey this winter. He wants to run anchor on Union Catholic’s relay teams, especially the ones that he helped lead to such high finishes last season.
At the Non-Public state meet a year ago, Jimerson was part of the second-place team in the 4×200 relay as well as the team that finished second in the 4×400 relay. To go along with those team events Jimerson captured the 100-meter dash in the spring’s Non-Public A championship meet, something that impressed his head coach.
“He has the ability to be one of the top guys in the state,” Union Catholic head coach Mike McCabe said. “With the training in place, he’s going to make a nice big jump for us. He is getting a lot stronger and I think he’s going to be running in some different events this year and he’s going to expand a little more.”
Jimerson expressed that he wants his main event this winter to be the 400-meter race, one that he said he believes he can dominate because of the amount of training he’s been putting in. He was splitting 48 seconds on the relay as a sophomore.
“We’ve been going a lot of strength and we’ve been lifting weights as a team to get stronger,” Jimerson said. “Last year we were geared towards sprinting and this year we’re going to be stronger and it’ll work out in our favor when it comes to the longer races.”
In last year’s 55-meter sprint final at The Meet of Champions, Jimerson finished 13th, but all of the runners except one have graduated, leaving the door open for Jimerson to walk through it and take the reigns as New Jersey’s top sprinter.
“He’s the fastest we have coming back,” McCabe said. “That’s his expectation to be the best and he’s got the physical ability to do it. He’ll do whatever we ask of him. What sets the great ones apart is doing whatever it takes, without cutting corners, and he’s willing to do that. He is one of those kinds of kids and he makes that decision on his own.”