Rancocas Valley boys blast U.S. #9 sprint medley at New Balance!

Rancocas Valley got its sprint medley nationals qualifier out of the way Saturday at the Armory, setting a school record of 3:35.86 in the process.

RV’s time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 3 in New Jersey. It’s also No. 15 in South Jersey indoor history and the fastest by a Burlington County school since Rob Novak and Bordentown ran 3:34.96 in 2005.

The Red Devils placed fifth in a hot race at the New Balance Invitational on the Armory’s banked 200-meter track.

The race produced eight of the 18-fastest times in the U.S. this year, including the top three — 3:26.11 by Cheltenham, just outside Philadelphia; 3:27.40 by Boys and Girls of Brooklyn; and 3:31.74 by Clara Barton of Brooklyn.

RV actually placed second in its section, just behind South Shore of New York, which ran 3:35.55.

Isaiah Curbelo led off with a 49.7 for 400 meters, with JeSean Foster (23.2) and Sterling Pierce (22.5) setting up Jose Colon-Cruz, who anchored in 2:00.1.

RV’s previous indoor school record was a 3:39.0 two years ago at the Lavino Relays in Lawrenceville.

The Red Devils ran 3:30.68 last spring, which was No. 5 in New Jersey in 2014 and No. 2 in South Jersey.

Here is a look at the all-time South Jersey indoor sprint medley performance list:

3:27.60 … Vineland, 2003
3:29.07 … Washington Twp., 2009
3:30.01 … Cherokee, 2002
3:30.45 … Lenape, 2001
3:31.73 … Vineland, 2004
3:32.90 … Washington Twp., 2010
3:33.22 … Pleasantville, 2012
3:33.99 … Pleasantville, 2007
3:34.12 … Absegami, 2010
3:34.64 … Pleasantville, 2002
3:34.88 … Vineland, 2002
3:34.96 … Bordentown, 2005
3:35.0 ….. Edgewood, 1986
3:35.76 … Vineland, 2013
3:35.86 … Rancocas Valley, 2015

One other RV note from the Armory — Zakiyy Williams broke the Burlington County indoor triple jump record with a 44-5 in his first competition of the year. Williams broke the mark of 43-7 set at the 2013 Easterns by Lenape’s Jermane Owens.

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