Jordan Erskine a Young Star at Rutgers-Camden

Jan 24, 2018
Photo by: Nick Romanenko

Jordan Erskine, the former Barnegat High School volleyball and track standout, is beginning to make her mark at the Rutgers University-Camden athletic program.

The sophomore got off to a good start as a freshman as she had a major role in the Scarlet Raptors making it to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III championship game for the second straight year. The 5-10 Erskine, an outside hitter who led the team in kills, then went on to the indoor track team during the winter, becoming the first Rutgers-Camden athlete to participate in a pentathlon, finishing second overall in a grueling five-event competition at Widener University.

The pentathlon consists of hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put, topped off with an 800-meter run.

“I was also going to participate in spring track, but I got injured and had to sit that one out,” said Erskine. “Right now, I’m in the middle of the winter track season and when that is done, I hope to compete in spring track.”

This past volleyball season, she was third on the team in kills.

“In high school I was used to being one of the taller players on the court,” she said. “Against college teams, everyone I go up against is either my size or taller.” 

At Barnegat, she earned 10 varsity letters and helped the volleyball team win two conference championships. Erskine holds the school record time in the 100-meter hurdles (16:17). She also excelled in the classroom, earning honor roll status.

Athletic prowess is certainly in her genes. Her father, Bob Erskine, was the world No. 1 javelin thrower as a high school senior in 1982. He later became a college record holder and competed in the 1988 Olympic trials.

Her older brother, Cinjun Erskine, was a football and track star at Barnegat, and is serving as a student assistant coach for the Bucknell University football team after injuries put an end to his playing career.

“Her many strengths should bode well for Scarlet Raptors sports,” said the university’s athletics website.

Erskine is an art major and is eyeing a career as a photographer and graphic designer.

— Eric Englund

 

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