Paul VI’s Aliya Rae Garozzo concludes terrific sectional meet by winning 100 hurdles and anchoring 3:53 relay team!!!!!

Paul VI capped an outstanding two days in Toms River with a 3:53.43 win in the 1,600-meter relay at the South Jersey Parochial A sectionals.

Senior Carly Schmidt, junior Blair Daniel, sophomore Abigail Lutz and junior Aliya Rae Garozzo beat New Jersey #1 Union Catholic by more than half a second. Union Catholic ran 3:54.17.

Paul VI ran within a second of the school record of 3:52.49 they set at New Balance Nationals last June.

PVI’s time is No. 3 in South Jersey this year, behind only Winslow and Rancocas Valley, who ran 3:51.70 and 3:51.76 in different races at the Penn Relays.

Daniel also ran on Paul VI’s 400-meter relay team, which ran 48.72 and placed a close second to Union Catholic. Senior Keyann’a Watkins, junior Skyler Harris and senior Aaliyah Vandergrift also ran on that team.

Paul VI already ranks No. 9 in the state and No. 5 in South Jersey with a 48.62 at the Olympic Conference meet earlier this month at Washington Township.

Garozzo also won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.45 after a career-best 14.29 in the trials. That’s No. 5 in the state this year and No. 4 among South Jersey hurdlers. Her previous PR was 14.38.

Garozzo won the intermediates in 1:02.15 on Monday.

Junior Kambi Walker (5-4, second in HJ) and Vandergrift (35-1 1/2, 3rd in TJ) also had top-three finishes for Paul VI. Vandergrift had placed third in the 100 on Monday. Junior Maura McGowan won the javelin Monday with a personal-best 108-6, and the 4-by-8 team of seniors Julia Bruno, Amelia Smith and Miranda Zevallos along with Lutz took second in the 4-by-8 in 10:03.55.

Paul VI scored 102 points in the two-day meet, finishing second only to Union Catholic, the top-ranked team in New Jersey.

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Derek Gess runs SJ #1 800 and leads FOUR Haddonfield half-milers to PRs, all under 2-flat!!!!!

Derek Gess ran the fastest 800 in South Jersey this year Monday night on his home track at Haddonfield Distance Night.

The Haddonfield senior out-raced Cinnaminson junior Austin Gabay to the finish line in a personal-best 1:53.88, fourth-fastest in the state this year. Gabay ran a PR 1:54.73. They’re the two-fastest times in New Jersey Group 2 this year and the two-fastest S.J. times as well.

According to the MileSplit database, Sean Dolan of Hopewell Valley (1:52.81), Alfred Chawonza of St. Benedict’s (1:52.94) and Nicholas Medeiros of Old Bridge (1:53.57) are the only half-milers in the state who’ve run faster than Gess this spring.

Gess’s previous PR was a 1:54.37 at states last year. The only faster times in Haddonfield history that I could find were turned in by Greg Pelose in (1:53.25) in 2016 and Ben Potts in 2011, both also at Haddonfield Distance Night. Has anybody else from Haddonfield run sub-1:54?

Gess led four Haddonfield runners under two minutes Monday night. And all four PR’d!

Senior Ethan Spellmeyer ran 1:55.69, Greg Eisenhower 1:57.29 and Martin Riddell 1:59.05. Do the math and that adds up to a 7:45.91 for a 3,200-meter relay. Hopefully, they get a chance to run one at nationals.

Spellmeyer’s previous PR was 1:55.74 at the Bensalem Invitational in April. Eisenhower’s PR was 2:00.38 last year at the Haddonfield Invitational. Riddell’s PR was 2:00.50 at the same meet.

Including Andrew Gostovich, who ran 1:56.87, and Josh Potter, who ran 1:59.31, the Bulldogs now have six half-milers under two minutes this year. They’re ranked 1, 5, 8, 11, 21 and 23 in South Jersey.

Rancocas Valley girls win East Coast Relays 4-by-200 with N.J. #4 time!!!!!

The Rancocas Valley girls made the long trip from Mount Holly to Randolph to run a hot 800-meter relay at the 48th annual East Coast Relays and wound up winning the race by two seconds with the fastest outdoor time by a Burlington County school in 25 years.

Freshman Anabella Chin, seniors Darynn Minus-Vincent and Brianna Snowden and sophomore Sheriyah Nutt ran 1:41.34, beating second-place Ramapo by 15 meters.

It’s the fastest time anybody has run at the East Coast Relays since Mount Vernon (N.Y.) won the 2010 race in 1:39.77.

R.V.’s time is No. 4 in the state this year and No. 2 in South Jersey, behind only Eastern’s 1:40.46 back in early April at the Don Danser Relays.

It’s second-fastest in Burlington County history outdoors, behind only Willingboro’s 1:41.20 in 1994, although the overall county record is Moorestown’s winning 1:40.77 at Easterns in 2000 at the Armory. It’s also No. 13 in South Jersey history.

Rancocas Valley became the first South Jersey school to win the East Coast Relays 800-meter relay since Willingboro in 2000.

Here’s a list of all the S.J. 4-by-200 winners at the ECR:

1992: Highland, 1:43.0
1993: Camden, 1:43.79
1994: Willingboro, 1:41.51
1995: Camden, 1:41.20
1998: Highland, 1:41.56
1999: Washington Twp., 1:41.10
2000: Willingboro, 1:41.86
2019: Rancocas Valley, 1:41.34

The win was R.V.’s fourth at the East Coast Relays. The Red Devils won the javelin and long jump relays in 2014, and last year’s team won the sprint medley in 4:09.47.

ALL-TIME SOUTH JERSEY 800-METER RELAY
1:38.43 … Winslow Twp., 2018
1:39.21 … Eastern, 2003
1:39.59 … Winslow Twp., 2012
1:40.30 … Winslow Twp., 2017
1:40.46 … Eastern, 2019
1:40.62 … Winslow Twp., 2003
1:40.72 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2018
1:40.5h … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:40.91 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:41.10 … Washington Twp., 1999
1:41.20 … Willingboro, 1994
1:41.33 … Camden, 2009
1:41.34 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
1:41.1h …. Camden, 1995
1:41.40 … Winslow Twp., 2005
1:41.44h ….. Camden, 2006
1:41.54 … Willingboro, 1999
1:41.56 … Highland, 1998
1:41.59 … Eastern, 2002
1:41.70 … Wilson, 2008
1:41.74h ….. Pleasantville, 1995
1:41.81 … Willingboro, 1995
1:41.85 … Deptford, 2015
1:41.86 … Willingboro, 2000
1:41.87 … Camden, 2001
1:41.88 … Winslow, 2013
1:41.91 … Winslow, 2018

Look what else Sincere Rhea can do! Would you believe … 48.80?!?!?!

Turns out he can run the 400, too!

St. Augustine senior Sincere Rhea, in his first serious 400 in three years, led five runners under 50 seconds with a massive PR of 48.80 Monday at the South Jersey Parochial A sectionals at Donovan Catholic in Toms River.

Rhea, the indoor high hurdles national champion, last ran a non dual-meet 400 in January of 2018, according to the MileSplit database, at a SJTCA indoor developmental meet at the Bennett Center, and he placed 32nd in 56.73. His last legit outdoor 400 was on May 27, 2016, when he placed 13th at the Parochial A sectionals at Egg Harbor in 53.18 as a freshman.

Rhea’s previous 400 PR was 52.78 a week earlier at the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Frosh-Soph Championships at St. John Vianney in Holmdel.

Rhea’s time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 9 in the state. It’s fastest state-wide in Parochial A, just ahead of Elijah Brown of Union Catholic, who ran 48.86 at the Union County Championships last week at Hub Stein Field in Plainfield. Brown was second to Rhea Monday in 49.15. Paul VI freshman Michael Mazero took fourth in that race in 49.91.

Rhea is now No. 1 in South Jersey in the 400, No. 2 in the 200 at 21.56 and No. 3 in the U.S. in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Cinnaminson’s Gabay blasts another 800 PR, running first sub-1:55 at Haddonfield!!!!!

Austin Gabay may no longer be a miler and two-miler who occasionally runs a fast 800.

He may be a half-miler.

Gabay, who ran a big PR of 1:56.64 at the BCSL Meet on Saturday at Willingboro, lowered his 800 PR nearly another two seconds Monday when he ran 1:54.73 at the Haddonfield Distance Night.

That’s No. 2 in Cinnaminson history, behind only Matt Poskus, who ran 1:52.37 at the 2007 Meet of Champions.

Gabay’s 800 PR before Saturday was 1:58.32 from last year’s BCSL meet, so it’s now come down nearly four seconds in three days.

Seniors Chad Howard and Gabe St. Elien also PR’d for Cinnaminson, Howard in 2:00.76 and St. Elien in 2:00.78. Howard’s previous PR was 2:04.87 and St. Elien’s was 2:02.76.

Here’s a look at the fastest 800 guys in Burlington County history:

  • 1:49.84 … Rob Novak [Bordentown], 2005
  • 1:50.8h … Vance Watson [Willingboro], 1983
  • 1:52.1h … Greg Honsby [Rancocas Valley], 1974
  • 1:52.37 … Matt Poskus [Cinnaminson], 2007
  • 1:52.60 … Kevin Fox [Moorestown], 2016
  • 1:52.65 … Ian Waterhouse [Rancocas Valley], 2004
  • 1:52.94 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2009
  • 1:53.14 … Dave Sitzer [Cherokee], 2000
  • 1:53.3h … Tavo Rivera [Pemberton], 1977
  • 1:53.35 … Ahmad Rutherford [Willingboro], 2003
  • 1:53.40 … Daveigh Brooks [Burlington City], 2016
  • 1:53.4h … Clayton Baloche [Lenape], 1992
  • 1:53.4h … Bryant Walker [Pemberton], 1983
  • 1:53.57 … Isaiah Curbelo [Rancocas Valley], 2016
  • 1:53.66 … Xavier Wright [Willingboro], 2011
  • 1:53.78 … Marvin Lewis [Willingboro], 2001
  • 1:53.84 … Ryan Garvin [Lenape], 2009
  • 1:54.1h … Chris Tarello [Shawnee], 1992
  • 1:54.2h … Bob Mann [Willingboro], 1979
  • 1:54.33 … Jacob Tyndale [Rancocas Valley], 2018
  • 1:54.53 … Drew Viscidy [Cherokee], 2012
  • 1:54.73 … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2019
  • 1:54.78 … Tyler Davidson [Willingboro], 2016
  • 1:54.94 … Colin Merrigan [Cherokee], 2012

 

Willingboro girls run #7 shuttle hurdles in N.J., Chimeras’ fastest in 22 years, at Boro Relay Invite!!!!!

The team of junior Mikell Dolo, sophomore Balkis Lyiola, junior Tamia Welch Smith and sophomore Gloria Hughes ran 1:03.23 to win the shuttle hurdles at the Willingboro Relays Monday at Carl Lewis Stadium, Willingboro’s fastest time in the event in 22 years.

The only faster Willingboro shuttle hurdles team was the 1997 group, which ran a hand-timed 1:02.1.

Willingboro’s time is No. 7 in the state this year and No. 3 by a South Jersey school. And it’s No. 5 in Burlington County history and fastest since Lenape ran 1:02.53 in 2008.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey list:

ALL-TIME S.J. GIRLS SHUTTLE HURDLES 
59.00 … Edgewood, 1999
59.52 … Eastern, 2019
59.79 … Pennsauken, 1999
1:00.14 … Buena, 2012
1:00.18 … Winslow Twp., 2014
1:01.17 … Woodrow Wilson, 2012
1:01.58 … Millville, 2019
1:01.68 … Winslow Twp., 2002
1:01.6h … Woodrow Wilson, 2005
1:01.94 … Edgewood, 1998
1:02.0h … Moorestown, 1994
1:02.1h … Willingboro, 1997
1:02.16 … Wilson, 2003
1:02.51 … Mainland Regional, 2018
1:02.53 … Lenape, 2008
1:02.59 … Paul VI, 2018
1:02.68 … Mainland Reg., 2018
1:02.86 … Edgewood, 2001
1:03.23 … Willingboro, 2019
1:03.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
1:03.53 … Winslow Twp., 2019
1:03.62 … Absegami, 2017
1:03.73 … Highland, 1998
1:03.79 … Camden, 2015

ALL-TIME BURLINGTON COUNTY GIRLS SHUTTLE HURDLES 
1:02.0h … Moorestown, 1994
1:02.1h … Willingboro, 1997
1:02.53 … Lenape, 2008
1:03.23 … Willingboro, 2019
1:03.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
1:04.07 … Lenape, 2007
1:04.27 … Burlington Twp., 2007
1:04.6h … Willingboro, 1996
1:05.3 … Willingboro, 2002
1:05.53 … Holy Cross, 2007

Paul VI junior Aliya Rae Garozzo wins another sectional title, runs S.J. #1 time in intermediates!!!

Aliya Rae Garozzo ran the fastest 400-meter intermediate hurdles time in South Jersey this spring on Monday when she won her second straight sectional title.

The Paul VI junior ran 1:02.15 at the South Jersey Parochial A Championships at Donovan Catholic in Toms River. That’s No. 1 in South Jersey and No. 6 in the state.

Garozzo’s previous season-best time was a 1:02.42 at the Camden County Championships last week at Haddon Township. Her PR remains 1:01.41 from last year’s Meet of Champions, when she placed third. She won states in 1:01.46.

Garozzo is set up for a nice race at states against junior Mariah Fede of Paramus Catholic, who won the North A race Monday in 1:02.10 at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, and Nicole Barbara of Academy of the Holy Angels, who ran 1:02.29 behind Fede.

Those three are more than a second ahead of anybody else in Parochial A, and they’re ranked No. 5, 6 and 8 in the state.