When the 2000 Lenape 4×200 team broke the indoor state record twice in an hour! And the all-time S.J. top-50 list!!!

They broke the state record. Then an hour later they did it again.

At one remarkable meet, the 2000 Lenape boys – Herb Reid, Ian Moore, Luis Tomlinson and Mohamad Kanu – broke the state record in the 800-meter relay twice by a total of more than a second.

It was at Easterns at the Armory, and when the night began the South Jersey 4-by-200 record was Camden’s 1:29.57 from 1997 and the state record was 1:29.38 from 1989.

First, Lenape ran 1:29.05 in the second of six semifinals. Camden ran 1:30.55 in the first heat, and Gratz was just behind Lenape in their semifinal with a 1:29.17.

That set up a wild final, with Lenape running 1:28.46 and beating Gratz by a second. Camden had stick problems, was never in the race and finished well back.

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Kanu had already won the 400 in a state-record 48.36, so he was part of three state-record teams in one night

Note the reference to Wilson’s Rashad Baker winning the hurdles. It was Baker whose interception of Jeff Garcia eight years later clinched the Raiders’ upset win over the Buccaneers on the last day of the 2008 season, which gave the Eagles a chance to make the playoffs with a win over the Cowboys.  

As you can see from these results from the Bergen Record, that was an incredible night for South Jersey:

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Lenape’s 1:28.46 broke the meet record of 1:29.4 (converted from yards) set in 1974 by DeWitt Clinton.

In a high school 4-by-200 held in conjunction with 2002 U.S. nationals at the Armory, Camden broke Lenape’s South Jersey and state record when Maurice Young, Michael Levinson, Sherron Bullock and Jade Smith ran 1:28.45. 

Two years later, Camden and Vineland both went under the state record at the Coca Cola National Track and Field Hall of Fame Classic at the Armory.

Camden won in 1:27.35 with Dwayne Lewis, Bullock, Carl Smith and Alonzo Brown and Vineland second in 1:27.60 with Jamar Byrd, Darren Ford, Bryce Bartley and Marcus Lee. Winslow was third in 1:30.41.

Three days later at Easterns, Camden lowered the record to the current 1:26.90 with the same lineup (although the results show Brown running third and Smith anchoring). Vineland was second but ran 1:28.18 – slower than at Coca Cola.

To this day, the 2004 Camden and Vineland teams rank No. 1 and No. 3 in state history. Union Catholic dipped in between them with its winning 1:27.04 at New Balance Nationals at the Armory in 2014.

That stretch from 2000 through 2007 produced all seven sub-1:29 indoor times in South Jersey history.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey 800-meter relay progression, with 4-by-220 times converted:

1:33.7y … Camden, 1975
1:33.0y … Overbrook, 1976
1:32.6y … Kennedy, 1978
1:31.8y … Willingboro, 1982
1:30.7y … Willingboro, 1988
1:30.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 1993
1:29.57 … Camden, 1997
1:28.46 … Lenape, 2000
1:26.90 … Camden, 2004

 

All-Time South Jersey Boys Indoor 4-by-200 Top-50

1:26.90 … Camden, 2004
1:27.60 … Vineland, 2004
1:28.0h … Edgewood, 2001
1:28.45 … Camden, 2002
1:28.46 … Lenape, 2000
1:28.48 … Camden, 2007
1:28.91 … Camden, 2000
1:29.06 … Oakcrest, 2012
1:29.17 … Camden, 2001
1:29.29 … Rancocas Valley, 2017

1:29.52 … Vineland, 2003
1:29.57 … Camden, 1997
1:29.61 … Camden, 1999
1:29.72 … Timber Creek, 2013
1:29.74 … Pennsauken, 2016
1:29.87 … Timber Creek, 2016
1:29.92 … Deptford, 2017
1:29.92 … Deptford, 2018
1:29.97 … Pleasantville, 2008
1:30.06 … Buena, 2001

1:30.08 … Camden, 2006
1:30.09 … Camden, 2018
1:30.12 … Delsea, 2007
1:30.16 … Camden, 2005
1:30.20 … Edgewood, 2000
1:30.36 … Winslow Twp., 2003
1:30.38 … Winslow Twp., 2008
1:30.40 … Delsea, 2009
1:30.42 … Vineland, 2002
1:30.47 … Vineland, 2005

1:30.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 1993
1:30.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 1996
1:30.60 … Delsea, 2008
1:30.62 … Winslow Twp., 2005
1:30.63 … Eastern, 2002
1:30.63 … Willingboro, 2007
1:30.71 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:30.7y … Willingboro, 1988
1:30.87 … Woodrow Wilson, 1995
1:30.89 … Vineland, 2001

1:30.97 … Vineland, 2008
1:31.07 … Willingboro, 1995
1:31.19 … Vineland, 2007
1:31.29 … Willingboro, 2005
1:31.36 … Willingboro, 2006
1:31.44 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:31.4 … Lenape, 1998
1:31.75 … Winslow Twp., 2006
1:31.76 … West Deptford, 2006
1:31.7y … Willingboro, 1990

Marielle Hall runs 3,000 PR while pacing Shelby Houlihan to U.S. 5,000 record!!!

Mount Laurel native and Haddonfield graduate Marielle Hall PR’d in the 3,000 Friday while helping pace teammate Shelby Houlihan to the American record in the 5,000.

Hall came through 3,000 meters in 8:48.72 before dropping out of the Bowerman Track Club Intrasquad race at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore.

Although the race was only for Bowerman Track Club runners, it was held with approved officials and timing equipment, so all the times are expected to count in all-time rankings. When FAT timing is used for en route marks, they generally also count on all-time lists.

Through 3,000 meters, Elise Cranny [8:47.89], Courtney Frerichs [8:47.90], Houlihan [8:48.14], Karissa Schweizer [8:48.37], Gwen Jorgensen [8:48.48], Hall and Colleen Quigley [8:48.93] were all within about a second of each other.

Hall, Quigley and Jorgensen dropped out right after the 3,000-meter mark. Houlihan went on to run 14:23.92 for the full 5,000 meters and Schweizer ran 14:26.34.

Houlihan broke her own U.S. record of 14:34.45 set two years ago in Heusden, the Netherlands, and her time is No. 12 in history. Schweizer’s performance is No. 2 in U.S. history and No. 14 all-time.

Frerichs and Cranny also finished. Hall ran all her full laps between 69.4 and 70.8.

Hall’s previous lifetime best at 3,000 meters was an 8:54.48 at Cork Ireland on July 8, 2014. Her last 3,000 was a 9:20.62 in Luzern on July 9, 2018.

Hall, who ran 15:30.86 for 5,000 meters on the same track on June 30, appears to be No. 2 now on the all-time New Jersey alumni list at 3,000 meters, behind only Julie Culley of North Hunterdon, who ran 8:45.57 on July 20, 2012, in Monaco.

Hall, 28, graduated from Haddonfield High School in 2010. She was a three-time All-America at Texas and made the U.S. Olympic team in the 10,000 in 2016.

The only other race was a men’s 5,000, and Canadian Moh Ahmed ran 12:47.20, No. 10 all-time and a North American continental record.

An appreciation of Greg Ross, a top-15 shot putter 44 years after he graduated! And the all-time S.J. boys indoor SP top-50!!!

Let’s take a moment to salute Greg Ross, who remains one of the top-15 indoor shot putters in south Jersey history 44 years after he graduated. 

Ross threw 58-9 at an NJSIAA developmental meet at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym on Jan. 18, 1976. He only finished fourth in an incredible competition that shows how strong the shot put was back in the 1970s.

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That mark is still No. 14 in South Jersey indoor history and No. 3 on the all-time Gloucester County list.

Ross also threw 57-9 1/4 that winter, although the name of the meet – the South Jersey Polar Bear Relays at Gateway – indicates it was probably outdoors.

At the end of the decade, only two of the top-50 marks in state history belonged to South Jersey throwers – Pitman’s Harry Dilks, who threw 60-3 in 1971, and Adams.

Ross went on to have a very good outdoor season capped by a 57-9 1/4, which is still a Deptford outdoor school record and 9th in Gloucester County history.

NJSIAA cancels XC states, Meet of Champions for 2020, still hope for sectionals

There will be no XC state championships or Meet of Champions this fall, according to a “Return to Play” update issued Friday by the NJSIAA.

This will be the first time in over a century that New Jersey won’t have a state championship in cross country

According to the update, a “limited postseason” for all sports other than girls tennis will run from Nov. 13 through Nov. 22. The information from the NJSIAA does not specifically say the state tournament will end with sectionals, but Robert Kellert of N.J. MileSplit confirmed that with NJSIAA track and XC director Bill Bruno.

According to the original NJSIAA schedule, sectionals were set to be held Nov. 7 at Thompson Park in Monroe Township; Greystone Park in Morris Plains; Delsea Regional in Franklinville; and Garrett Mountain in Woodland Park (and Clifton and Paterson).

States were scheduled for Nov. 14 and the Meet of Champions Nov. 21, both at Holmdel County Park.

Now, sectionals will be held over two weekends – presumably Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 – to reduce the number of athletes at each host site and comply with social distancing recommendations.

This will be the first time since 1918 there won’t be a boys state championship in New Jersey. According to information in the New Jersey Track Annuals, published from the mid-1960s through 2009 by N.J. track historian Ed Grant, the first state championship XC meet was held in 1919.

For boys, sectionals have been held since 1965 and the Meet of Champions since 1972. For girls, sectionals, states and Meet of Champions have been held every year since 1976.

The last time no state meets were held at Holmdel was 1975.  

How Mark Murphy held the South Jersey indoor pole vault record for 21 years! And here’s the all-time S.J. top-50!!!

Mark Murphy held the South Jersey pole vault record for 21 years. Then he lost the South Jersey record, the Camden County record and the Haddonfield school record all at the same time.

Let’s take a look some the South Jersey indoor pole vault history!

The earliest South Jersey record I could find was a 13-1 from 1977 by Rancocas Valley’s Aaron Foster. Couldn’t find the meet. That stood for seven years, until Steve Harbeson of Penns Grove cleared 13-2 at a SJTCA meet in 1984 at Widener University’s Schwartz Center in Chester, Pa.

Chris Matteo of Bishop Eustace then broke the record twice later in 1984, first with a 13-7 at the South Jersey Championships at Widener and then with a 14-0 jump – again, I couldn’t find the meet – later in 1984.

Then Murphy took over.

First, he cleared 14-6 on New Year’s weekend to take over the S.J. record. He cleared 14-6 again at the Metropolitan Athletics Conference developmental meet at Jadwin Gym on Jan. 6 and again in a SJTCA meet at Widener on Jan. 25.

He broke his own South Jersey record with a 14-9 at Widener a week later, then won Easterns at Jadwin at 14-6 (with a 14-9 in the jump off against Chris Lockett of Woodbridge, Va.),.

Murphy became South Jersey’s first 15-footer at the Pathmark Classic indoor nationals at Jadwin. In the same meet, Brandon Richards of Santa Barbara, Calif., whose father Bob was the 1952 and 1956 Olympic gold medalist, set a national scholastic record of 17-6.

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Murphy held the record for 21 years until Devon Purves, also from Haddonfield, cleared 15-0 1/4 at the Varsity Classic at the Armory in February of 2006. The record stayed in Haddonfield’s hands for another two years until West Deptford’s Dan Batdorf hit 15-6 when he won the 2008 Meet of Champions.

Nico Morales of Delsea tied that mark three times in 2018 and then twin brother Marco tied it this past winter at the Coach Saint Invitational at the 168th Street Armory in New York and then broke it twice in two weeks at Ocean Breeze – with a 15-7 at the Freedom Games in February and then a week later with a 16-0 at the SJTCA meet.

Interesting to note that the top four marks in South Jersey history come from Gloucester County and the next four come from Haddonfield.

Here’s the all-time list. Corrections and additions, shoot ’em over in the comments section!

All-Time S.J. Indoor Boys Pole Vault Top-50

16-0 … Marco Morales [Delsea], 2020
15-6 … Dan Batdorf [West Deptford], 2008
15-6 … Nico Morales [Delsea], 2019
15-1 … Dylan Altland [Kinsgway], 2014
15-0 ¼ … Devon Purves [Haddonfield], 2006
15-0 … Mark Murphy [Haddonfield], 1985
15-0 … Mike Davis [Haddonfield], 2004
15-0 … Mike Rivard [Haddonfield], 2009
14-11 ¼ … Tom Jeffers [Triton], 2011
14-7 … Brian Banks [Eastern], 2011
14-6 ¼ … Brandon Kurtz [Absegami], 1991
14-6 … Mike Maira [Seneca],
14-6 … Michael Oberg [Ocean City],
14-6 … Jarrod Brovero [Delsea], 2016
14-6 … Kyle Loveland [Moorestown], 2016
14-1 … Joshua Cohen [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019
14-0 … Mike Yurcho [Shawnee], 1999
14-0 … David Murname [West Deptford], 2000
14-0 … Jason Yurchak [Delsea], 2004
14-0 … Dan Pope [Hammonton], 2004
14-0 … Don Smith [Eastern], 2005
14-0 … Mike Mancini [Cinnaminson], 2006
14-0 … Eddie Zubrzycki [Highland], 2007, 2008
14-0 … Zach Winters [Shawnee], 2012
14-0 … James Lynch [Deptford], 2018
14-0 … Ryan Jillard [Delsea], 2019
14-0 … Nick Clarke [Delsea], 2016
14-0 … Julian Rodriguez [Deptford], 2020
14-0 … Luke Pease [Haddonfield], 2014
14-0 … Mitchell Casey [Shawnee], 2017
13-7 … Jason King [Lenape], 1993
13-6 … Marv Forchion [Willingboro], 1986
13-6 … Greg Matteo [Bishop Eustace], 1987
13-6 … Ken Bauso [Cherry Hill West], 1990
13-6 … Shane Mertz [West Deptford], 1997
13-6 … Nick Kariske [Millville], 1999
13-6 … Josh Moline [Gateway], 2000
13-6 … Matt Tolstoy [Moorestown], 2006
13-6 … Mike Salera [Washington Twp.], 2006
13-6 … Josh Parr [Millville], 2009
13-6 … Kevin Dever [Millville], 2009
13-6 … Ian Best [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2010
13-6 … Remy Kahn [Cherry Hill East], 2010
13-6 … Algeron Johnson [Highland], 2011
13-6 … Vince Murrey [Buena Reg.], 2011
13-6 … Aidan Sokolov [Millville], 2011
13-6 … Edward Albright [Ocean City], 2012
13-6 … Aidan Skelly [Hammonton], 2013
13-6 … Ray Rodriguez [Oakcrest], 2014
13-6 … Ryan Sharp [Kingsway], 2014
13-6 … Tyler Davis-Rozycki [Timber Creek], 2014
13-6 … Josh Montana [Haddonfield], 2019
13-6 … Will Ramos [Vineland], 2019
13-6 … Kai Deery [Rancocas Valley], 2020
13-6 … Lucas Tran [Cherry Hill East], 2020
13-6 … Michael Baglivo [Oakcrest], 2020

The Paul VI half-miler who held the S.J. indoor long jump record before Carl Lewis! And the all-time top-50!!!

Ever wonder who held the South Jersey indoor long jump record before Carl Lewis?

I did. So I looked it up.

John Bakey of Paul VI competed in one track meet during the winter of 1975 and won the long jump at the Catholic Track Conference Championships at Jadwin Gym with a jump of 21-5, according to results in the Home News newspaper on Feb. 3, 1975.

Bakey became a pretty good half-miler running for the late, great Paul VI coach Jim Camburn, who later became A.D. at Buena. Here’s a story I found from 1975 about Bakey from long-time Courier-Post track writer Walt Schumann (and look at those tire prices!):

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As for Lewis, he didn’t long jump indoors in his two years at Kennedy, but in his first indoor meet after he transferred to Willingboro after the 1976-77 school year, he went 23-6 at the Delaware Valley Championships at the Civic Center in West Philadelphia.

That broke Bakey’s South Jersey record and the state record of 22-11 3/4, set in 1973 by Ken Blackwell of Westfield High.

Carl extended the record to 23-11 1/4 at 1978 Easterns at Jadwin Gym and then in the winter of 1979 he broke the record again with a  24-7 at the North Carolina State Invitational at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., before his 25-5 1/2 at Easterns, which remains the state record.  

As for Bakey, it looks like he still holds the Paul VI indoor record, 45 years later!

I got carried away and looked up every indoor jump of 21-0 or better, so this top-50 list is actually almost a top-100 list. Anybody missing? Let me know in the comments!

All-Time South Jersey Boys Indoor Long Jump Top-50

25-5 ½ … Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1979
24-6 ¼ … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
24-2 ½ … Isaac Samuels [Kennedy], 1983
24-0 ¾ … Mike Morrison [Willingboro], 2003
24-0 ½ … William Spearmon [Wilson], 1996
23-11 ½ … Kerry Vivett [Edgewood], 1985
22-10 ¾ … Nick Brown [Bridgeton], 1999
23-10 ….. Matt Rose [Bordentown], 1985
23-9 …… Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2009
23-7 ¾ … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012
23-5 ½ … Floyd Whitaker [Highland Reg.], 2020
23-4 ½ … Maurice Hunter [Woodbury], 1983
23-4 ….. Andrew Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2011
23-3 ¾ … Jamar Byrd [Vineland], 2005
23-2 ½ … Rich Winstead [Egg Harbor Twp.], 1988
23-1 ….. Mikhail Micheaux [Eastern], 2014
23-0 ….. Derek King [Cumberland Reg.], 1984
22-11 ½ … Chris Gillis [Pennsauken], 2001
22-11 ½ … Antwan Dickerson [Pennsauken], 2013
22-11 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
22-10 ¾ … Will Mobley [Eastern], 1990
22-9 ¼ … Khalim Barge [Camden], 1999
22-9 ¼ … Shai Mumford [West Deptford], 2013
22-9 … John Meekins [Cinnaminson], 1987
22-8 ½ … Chris Steliga [Cherokee], 2008
22-7 ¾ … Hede Dewberry [Willingboro], 1981
22-7 ¼ … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2017
22-7 … Jermaine Jackson [Wilson], 1991
22-7 … Darin Washington [Winslow Twp.], 2008
22-6 ½ … Carl Smith [Camden], 2005
22-6 ½ … Iverson Clement [Rancocas Valley], 2017
22-5 ¾ … Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
22-5 … Sherron Bullock [Camden], 2003
22-3 ¾ … Larry Russell Jr. [Timber Creek], 2015
22-3 ½ … Damon Johnson [Vineland], 1994
22-3 ¼ … Khaliq Price [Winslow Twp.], 2003
22-3 … Maurice Young [Camden], 1999
22-2 ¼ … Marquis Allen [Oakcrest], 2001
22-2 ¼ … Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2012
22-2 … Sean Mayers [Cherokee], 2002
22-2 … Adwon Parker [West Deptford], 2006
22-1 ¾ … Tahmir Clark [Rancocas Valley], 2020
22-1 … Ryan Givens [Ocean City], 2014
22-0 … Marcus Brown [Bridgeton], 2001
22-0 … Damir Lomax [Delsea], 2020
21-11 ¾ … Areon Robinson [Kennedy], 1985
22-11 ½ … Steven Johnson [Pennsauken], 2001
21-11 ¼ … Wayne Davis [Oakcrest], 2005
21-11 … Mel Long [Willingboro], 1982
21-11 … Kason Barrett [Schalick], 2017
21-11 … Reginald Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
21-10 ½ … Dwayne Ross [Moorestown], 1989
21-10 ½ … Jalen Blango [Rancocas Valley], 2020
21-10 ¼ … Paul Grimes [Shawnee], 1982
21-10 ¼ … Justin Farrar [Willingboro], 1997
21-10 ¼ … Paul Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1999
21-8 ½ … Andre Daniels [Kennedy], 1978
21-8 ½ …Stacy Crawford [Bridgeton], 1990
21-8 ¼ … Curtis Custis [Bridgeton], 1997
21-8 ¼ … Nate Robertson [Willingboro], 2020
21-8 … Ferrell Cooper [West Deptford], 2011
21-8 … Ameer Waugh [Camden], 2008
21-11 ¼ … Arkenny Wade [Willingboro], 1993
21-8 ¾ … Preston Beckley [Eastern], 1993
21-7 ¼ … Jamal Tillman [Vineland], 1994
21-7 ¼ … Julian Norman [Woodstown], 2017
21-7 … Jason Knight [Salem], 1991
21-6 ¾ … Tim Kent [Bridgeton], 1996
21-6 ½ … Craig Howard [Washington Twp.], 1998
21-6 ½ … Mel Colvin [Delsea], 1999
21-6 ½ … Joe Williams [Willingboro], 2001
21-6 ¼ … Shonn Greene [Winslow Twp.], 2003
21-6 … Jaquay Redding [Northern Burlington], 2014
21-5 ¼ … Brian Young [Overbrook], 1991
21-5 ¼ … Desmond Powell [Oakcrest], 1994
21-5 ¼ … Connor Wright [Hammonton], 2020
21-5 … John Bakey [Paul VI], 1975
21-5 … Tyrone Williams [Cherry Hill West], 1988
21-5 … Blaine Bartlett [Penns Grove], 1999
21-4 ½ … Clifton Green [Schalick], 1992
21-4 ½ … Wykeen Gill [Rancocas Valley], 1995
21-4 ½ … Bobby Arnold III [Salem], 2020
21-4 ¼ … Chris Feigenbutz [Bishop Eustace], 1999
21-3 ¾ … Terrance Howard [Rancocas Valley], 1998
21-3 ¼ … Corey Thomas [Willingboro], 1989
21-2 ¼ … Jamal Powell [Bridgeton], 1991
21-2 ¼ … Eli Colon [Cumberland Reg.], 1994
21-2 … Brandon Greene [Washington Twp.], 2019
21-1 ¾ … Drew Williams [Paul VI], 2019
21-1 ½ … Enis Hutchinson [Glassboro], 2014
21-2 ¼ … Ed Loges [Shawnee], 1992
21-1 ¼ … Darian English [Wilson], 1991
21-0 ¾ … Clarence Hardy [Winslow Twp.], 2014
21-0 ¼ … Devon Matthews [Pleasantville], 1999
21-0 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
21-0 … Raekwon Little-Martin [Williamstown], 2014

The amazing Shane Paynter, a triple jump trailblazer! And the S.J. indoor all-time top-50!!!

I couldn’t find out much about Shane Paynter, but he sounds like a heck of an athlete.

The indoor triple jump was an oddity for South Jersey athletes until the past 15 years or so. Although it’s been contested at a high level in Bergen County and other pockets of North Jersey since the 1970s, South Jersey athletes rarely contested it.

Which is why 47 of the top 50 marks in South Jersey history are from 2005 or later.

But in the winter 1978, Paynter, a football player, top-8 U.S. scholastic decathlete and 172-foot javelin thrower from West Deptford High School, leaped 42-6 1/2, which at the time was the No. 7 mark in state history.

Where did it happen? I’m guessing Easterns, since that’s the only meet in the area that had an indoor triple jump that West Deptford could have been at. I have 6-deep results from 1978 Easterns, and they go down to 44-4 1/4, so if that’s where it happened it was a non-scoring mark.

But it stood as a South Jersey record for 23 years. In fact, nobody else from South Jersey even got a legal mark of even 41 feet for over 20 years. You’ll notice there isn’t a single mark on the top-50 list from 1979 through 2000.

Joe Williams of Willingboro finally ended that drought when he went 43-1 3/4 to win the 2001 Varsity Classic at the Armory by 1 1/2 inches over Scharai Horton of Glen Mills. And thanks to the Morristown Daily Record for running complete results of the Varsity Classic in its Feb. 14, 2001, editions, because these sort of results are extremely tough to find when newspapers don’t post results.

With the triple jump growing in popularity, the South Jersey record took off starting in 2005.

Carl Smith of Camden went 44-9 1/4 at the 2005 Varsity Classic at the Armory, then Rhodeni Spence of Wilson increased the mark by 2 1/2 feet with a 47-3 in the 2007 season opener at the Bishop Loughlin Games at the Armory (he got hurt soon after and missed the rest of the season.)

Camden’s Wayne Walls extended the South Jersey record to 48-1 1/4 when he was third at 2009 indoor nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Haddon Heights Dominique Irons extended it to 48-9 at the 2013 New Balance Games at the Armory and Delsea’s Khaliel Burnett brought the mark to its current 49-1 at 2018 Easterns at the Armory.

But Shane Paynter was a pioneer, the first indoor triple jumper in South Jersey history and still No. 6 in South Jersey history and No. 8 in Gloucester County history some 42 years later.

All-Time Boys S.J. Indoor Triple Jump Top-50

49- 1 …..… Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
48- 9 …..… Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
48- 8 ½ … Tristan Wilson [Delsea], 2014
48- 1 ¼ … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
47- 3 …..… Rhodeni Spence [Woodrow Wilson], 2007
46-10 ¾ … Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 2020
46- 5 …….. Orion Joyner [Kingsway], 2019
46- 3 ½ … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2018
45-10 …..… Kevin Kevelier [Collingswood], 2020
45- 3 ½ … Zakiyy Williams [Rancocas Valley], 2015
45- 0 …….. Earnest Daniel [Kingsway], 2017
44-11 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
44-9 ½ … Josh Gray [Timber Creek], 2012
44-9 ¼ … Carl Smith [Camden], 2005
44-6 ¾ … Kyle Bryant [Cherry Hill East], 2013
44-3 … Ebeneezer Edzii [Millville], 2019
44-1 ¾ … Jordan Floyd [Rancocas Valley], 2020
44-0 … Dejon Sullivan [Camden], 2014
43-10 ¾ … Jermane Owens [Lenape], 2014
43-9 ½ … Emmanuel Udutong [Cinnaminson], 2015
43-6 ½ … Bobby Arnold [Salem], 2020
43-6 … Mubeen Momodu [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019
43-3 ¼ … Spencer Liu [Cinnaminson], 2016
43-2 … Zecheriah Johnson [Woodstown], 2017
43-1 ¾ … Joe Williams [Willingboro], 2001
43-1 ¼ … Kevin Harrison [Lenape], 2015
43-1 … Jaquay Redding [Pemberton], 2015
43-1 … Charles Naone-Carter [Sterling], 2016
42-11 … Brandon Boggs [Rancocas Valley], 2017
42-11 … Jose Gonzalez [Deptford], 2014
42-10 ¾ … Kennedy Omari [Cherry Hill East], 2016
42-10 ¼ … Ta’riq Thomas [Woodstown], 2014
42-10 … Ahmad Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
42-8 ¼ … Za’quan Singleton [Millville], 2017
42-8 … Jamil Henry [Camden], 2010
42-6 ½ … Shayne Paynter [West Deptford], 1978
42-6 … Kason Barrett [Schalick], 2017
42-5 … Charles Waugh [Camden], 2007
42-2 ½ … Larry Russell [Timber Creek], 2015
42-2 ¼ … Alan Tucker [Paul VI], 2018
42-2 … Mike Rivard [Haddonfield], 2009
42-0 ½ … Mike Hall [Glassboro], 2020
41-11 ¼ … Timothy Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
41-11 … Nkenna Opara [Cherokee], 2018
41-11 … Trevor Green [Buena Reg.], 2019
41-11 … Keenan Henry [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2014
41-10 ¼ … Liam Bergman [Ocean City], 2017
41-8 ½ … Liam Alderman [Rancocas Valley], 2014
41-8 ½ … Timothy Farrar [Eastern], 2016
41-6 ¾ … Eron Daniel [Kingsway], 2018

Delsea’s Morales twins mix it up with New Jersey’s best vaulters at 4th of July Bash!!!

Delsea’s Marco Morales and Nico Morales cleared 15-3 and 14-9 Saturday at the Vault Factory’s 4th of July Bash at Basking Ridge High School in Somerset County.

The pole vault-only event was the first competition for the Morales twins since the indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze, where Marco placed 2nd at 15-6 and Nico was 3rd at 15-6.

Watching Hills senior Bradley Jelmert, who won the Meet of Champions at 16-0 1/4, won Saturday at 16-3, an outdoor PR. He cleared 16-10 indoors. Brian Sweeney of East Brunswick cleared a PR 15-9 for second.

Nico Morales has an outdoor PR of 15-7, No. 2 in South Jersey history, and Marco has a PR of 15-6, tied for No. 4 in South Jersey history.

Marco is the South Jersey indoor record holder at 16-0 from a meet at the Bennett Center in February. Nico has an indoor PR of 15-6, also from a SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center.

Competing in the women’s open division, Stockton University graduate Kaitlyn Derman of Millville, the NJAC outdoor champion two years ago, cleared 11-9. She has a PR of 12-7 1/2 from 2017 NCAAs.

When Mike Pascuzzo broke the S.J. high jump record 3 times in 32 days! And here’s the all-time S.J. indoor top-50!!!

Now comes the moment I’ve been dreading. I have to say nice things about Mike Pascuzzo.

Just kidding, Mike!

Forty years ago this winter, Pascuzzo broke the South Jersey indoor high jump record three times in 32 days, and he held the South Jersey record for seven years.

Pascuzzo, who every South Jersey track fan knows as an All-America at Maryland (and ACC long jump champ), a two-time Olympic Trials competitor, the long-time Lenape jumps coach and operator of the terrific Verticle Adventures summer track camps, had one heck of a senior year for Lenape.

When the winter began, Mike had a PR of 6-6 and the South Jersey record was 6-8, set by Rancocas Valley’s Barry Anderson at the 1977 state Group 3 meet. Anderson had broken the previous mark of 6-6 1/2 set in 1967 by Jim Bell of Triton Red.

In his very first indoor meet of 1980, the Delaware Valley Interscholastic Indoor Track Championships at the Philadelphia Civic Center, ‘scooze jumped 6-10 to break Anderson’s South Jersey record. Mike finished second in the meet on fewer misses to Desmond DaCosta of Overbrook High in Philadelphia.

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Two weeks later, at the Group 4 state relays at Jadwin Gym, Pascuzzo cleared 6-10 1/2 to break his own record (and combine with Phil Miller to win the title).

A week later, Mike cleared 6-10 1/4 at a South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at Widener in Chester, Pa., but the next night – at the Glassboro State Games at Esby Gym at Glassboro State (now Rowan) – he hit 6-11 for the first time, breaking the S.J. record for a third time.

He went on to win the state Group 4 meet at 6-8 and the Meet of Champions at 6-10.

Terry Ferguson of Cherry Hill West broke Pascuzzo’s S.J. mark in 1987 when he cleared 7-0, and the amazing Mike Morrison of Willingboro set the state indoor mark of 7-4 1/4 in 2003 at the Varsity Classic at the Armory, just missing an attempt at a national-record 7-5 1/2. Morrison’s mark was No. 4 in U.S. history at the time and is still No. 5 today.

As always, please send corrections and omissions to me in the comment’s section. In putting together the list, I tried to find every mark of 6-6 or better, which goes back 59 years! Len Smith of Edgewood was the first South Jersey jumper to clear 6-6, and he did it in 1961!

All-Time S.J. Boys Indoor High Jump List

7-4 1/4 … Mike Morrison [Willingboro], 2003
7-0 … Terry Ferguson [Cherry Hill West], 1987
6-11 … Mike Pascuzzo [Lenape], 1980
6-10 ¾ … Paul Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1999
6-10 … Damon Julian [Edgewood], 1984
6-10 … Raffael Craig [Millville], 1999
6-10 … Josh Butler [Delsea], 2006
6-10 … Devin Bradham [Williamstown], 2015
6-10 … Ameer Banks [Delsea], 2015
6-9 … Andrew Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2011
6-8 ¼ … Mike Murawski [Holy Cross], 2003
6-8 … Barry Anderson [Rancocas Valley], 1977
6-8 … Chris Walsh [Shawnee], 1983
6-8 … Derek King [Cumberland Reg.], 1983
6-8 … Scott Harrison [Willingboro], 1984
6-8 … Kerry Vivett [Edgewood], 1985
6-8 … Ed Malone [Gloucester], 1986
6-8 … Jim Bowles [Rancocas Valley], 1986
6-8 … J.C. Slocum [Bordentown], 1989, 1990
6-8 … Jamal Sanders [Bridgeton], 1994
6-8 … Desmond Powell [Oakcrest], 1994
6-8 … Ryan O’Connell [Mainland Reg.], 1994
6-8 … Victor Mallory [Penns Grove], 1995
6-8 … Ernesto Colon [Pleasantville], 1995
6-8 … Jamal Ames [Vineland], 2004
6-8 … Uchenna Njoku [Cherry Hill East], 2009
6-8 … Ed Kramer [Cherokee], 2010
6-8 … Jeffrey-Jon Tucker [Eastern], 2013
6-8 … Larry Russell [Timber Creek], 2014
6-8 … Tariq Adams [Pleasantville], 2015
6-8 … Nate Robertson [Willingboro], 2020
6-7 ½ … Musa Cooper [Lenape], 1997
6-7 … Aden Tomeo [Audubon], 2020
6-7 … Kameron Smith [Willingboro], 2020
6-6 ½ … Jim Bell [Triton Red], 1967
6-6 … Len Smith [Edgewood], 1961
6-6 … Ty Roork [Millville], 1968
6-6 … Mark Kelly [Audubon], 1971
6-6 … Jim Pringle [Moorestown], 1976
6-6 … Greg James [Edgewood], 1977
6-6 … Carl Mitchell [Rancocas Valley], 1977
6-6 … Gerry Cole [Pemberton], 1978
6-6 … John Sease [Willingboro], 1978
6-6 … Pat Collier [Willingboro], 1983
6-6 … Manny Wilson [Rancocaw Valley], 1983
6-6 … Tyrone Wood [Bridgeton], 1991
6-6 … Marvin Bass [Palmyra], 1993, 1994
6-6 … Dave Klemic [Mainland Reg.], 1995
6-6 … Donnell Williams [Rancocas Valley], 1995
6-6 … Terrence Howard [Rancocas Valley], 1997, 1998
6-6 … Craig Howard [Washington Twp.], 1998
6-6 … Jason Palmer [Atlantic City], 1998
6-6 … Chris Feigenbutz [Bishop Eustace], 1999
6-6 … Kevin Mays [Absegami], 2001
6-6 … Kevin Black [Eastern], 2003
6-6 … Dan Mitchell [Lenape], 2003
6-6 … Miles Edwards [Winslow Twp.], 2005, 2006
6-6 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
6-6 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2011
6-6 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012
6-6 … Antwan Dickerson [Pennsauken], 2012
6-6 … Jaquee Munger [Holy Cross], 2012
6-6 … A.J. Vance [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2012
6-6 … Jared Athias [Cherry Hill East], 2013
6-6 … Jake Liebling [Lenape], 2014
6-6 … Evan Adams [Bishop Eustace], 2016
6-6 … Chase Matthews [Kingsway], 2016
6-6 … Kasso Peaks [Eastern], 2018
6-6 … Diomari Gordon [Timber Creek], 2019
6-6 … Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 2020

When Lance Reed set a South Jersey 55HH record and nobody knew! And the all-time S.J. boys 55 hurdles top-50 list!!!

Lance Reed set a South Jersey indoor high hurdles record in 1982 and nobody noticed.

This was long before the internet, long before DyeState or Milesplit, long before it was easy to get results.

At the 1982 Easterns at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym, Reed ran 7.44 in the semis of the 60-yard high hurdles to advance to the final. He didn’t run as fast in the final, and at the time that 7.44 was the fastest FAT time ever recorded by a South Jersey runner.

That was only the fourth year FAT timing was used at Easterns and it wouldn’t be used at New Jersey states or the Meet of Champions for four more years.

The accepted South Jersey record at that point was a hand-timed 7.2, shared by Jim Little of Moorestown in 1976 and Marc Dickerson of Willingboro in 1979. 

As far as I could find, the fastest previous FAT time by a South Jersey runner was a 7.73 in the trials at 1981 Easterns by Willingboro’s Rick Thompson.

But when it comes to the all-time South Jersey FAT list, Reed’s 7.44 remains No. 23 in South Jersey history and remained the fastest FAT time by a South Jersey hurdler until Penns Grove’s Jon Dickey ran 7.32 to win Easterns in 1985. 

But nobody knew until Ed Grant’s New Jersey Track newsletter arrived a few weeks later showing a 7.44 or Reed in the trials. Ed was the only person that tracked that stuff back then and it’s scary to think how much track history would be lost if he hadn’t.

Dickey held the S.J. mark until Delsea’s Sultan Tucker ran what was thought to be an untouchable 7.18 in 1996. But 23 years later, St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea ran 7.10 in the trials of nationals at the Armory (before winning in 7.16) to set a South Jersey mark that seems even more untouchable.

All-Time S.J. Boys 55-Meter Hurdles Top-50

7.10 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.31 … Anthony Vasquez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
7.39 … Isaiah Lewis [Winslow Twp.], 2020
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
7.43 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.43 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
7.44 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1983
7.45 … Kevin Hagamin [Timber Creek], 2014
7.46 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 1999
7.46 … Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2010
7.47 … Diandre Chandler [Camden], 1986
7.47 … Darius Holmes [Willingboro], 2012
7.48 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
7.48 … Tyrell Ross [Clearview], 2005
7.49 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
7.49 … Vince Rawlins [Eastern], 1991
7.49 … Chris Nichols [Willingboro], 1991
7.49 … Sam Aviles [Palmyra], 2019
7.49 … Donovan Wright [Burlington Twp.], 2020
7.50 … Darren McCluskey [Cherokee], 2011
7.52 … Don Hickson [Highland], 1990
7.52 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.52 … Matt Dahms [Haddonfield], 2002
7.53 … Matthew Marshall [Camden], 2008
7.54 … Ed Loges [Shawnee], 1992
7.54 … Chase Toliver [Oakcrest], 2013
7.55 … Mike Anderson [Edgewood], 1990
7.55 … Mikal Wright [Burlington Twp.], 2016
7.55 … Jamil Adams [Winslow Twp.], 2017
7.56 … Terry James [Willingboro], 1984
7.56 … Dwayne Robinson [Moorestown], 1989
7.56 … Sean David [Highland], 2016
7.56 … Antwan Dickerson [Pennsauken], 2016
7.57 … George Berry [Camden], 1984
7.57 … Eric Frieson [Willingboro], 1985
7.57 … Scot McCray [Camden], 1997
7.57 … Chantz Powell [Cherry Hill East], 2008
7.60 … Jason Stefanski [Penns Grove], 2016
7.60 … Daniel Dayrell [Rancocas Valley], 2020

Hand-Times
7.1 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.2 … Marc Dickerson [Willingboro], 1979
7.2 … Jim Little [Moorestown], 1976
7.2 … George Bland [Penns Grove], 1987
7.2 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1989, 1990
7.3 … Stan Moore [Overbrook], 1977
7.3 … Bill Newmuis [Penns Grove], 1982
7.3 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1982
7.3 … Don Hickson [Highland], 1990
7.3 … Rob Allen [Buena], 1993