For South Brunswick High School’s Jonathan Pitt, this winter track and field season was all about tapping into the limitless potential he possesses in his 6-foot 5-inch frame.
Pitt served as the anchor of the shuttle hurdles, 4×200 and 4×400 meter relay teams for the Vikings and helped lead South Brunswick to the Group IV Relays championship. On the side, he broke the state record in the triple jump.
He is the Home News Tribune’s Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
“I guess this shows that all my work paid off,” Pitt said. “All of that work that I put in was for a good reason, and it’s good that the hard work gets recognized.”
Pitt took on the challenge of anchoring the Vikings’ relay teams this winter, something that his coach Adam Nalven said was a good thing for him.
“He anchored three relays for us in one season,” Nalven said. “It was something that was great for him. His size makes him stand out sometimes to a casual observer, but when he goes last, it’s not just his size that makes him stand out. He’s beating everyone right now and to me, he’s on another planet.”
At the state relays, South Brunswick won the shuttle hurdles with a time of 31.07 and finished second in the 4×400 with a time of 3:27.65. The Vikings placed eighth in the 4×200 in 1:34.94.
Pitt ran the fourth and final leg of each race and relished the opportunity to be the one counted on to finish out the races.
“I love the pressure,” Pitt said. “The anchor is perfect for me; I do my best when I’m under pressure.”
But an event that’s not contested in the wintertime is where Pitt makes his mark. He set the New Jersey state record in the triple jump with a distance of 49-7.5 at an invitational in February. Pitt has his sights set on an even bigger number once he gets outside in the spring.
“I want people to be afraid of me,” he said. “I want to be in the 51-52 foot range, but I want to focus on victories instead of numbers. I want to be the best in the triple jump all season long.”
And with the triple jump being scored in events this spring, Pitt said he thinks South Brunswick has a chance to be great, and he envisions himself leading the way.
“I think the indoor season was tough,” Pitt said. “Outdoors, I’ll be able to run faster and jump farther. I think being indoors was a warm-up for spring track. It’s going to be crazy with all the talent we have all the way down our roster.”
Nalven said that Pitt’s goal, which the two have talked about at great length, is to set the New Jersey record for the triple jump outside now that he’s done it inside.
“The sky is the limit for Jonathan,” Nalven said. “The outdoor record is something he’s going to be gunning for all spring long and it’s definitely within his reach.”