Haddonfield, Lenape girls lock up in historic DMR battle at Armory

The Haddonfield and Lenape girls both wanted to run a fast distance medley Thursday night at the Armory, and when the race was over the Bulldogs and Indians had both run fast enough to help rewrite the South Jersey record book.

Haddonfield and Lenape posted the No. 6 and No. 8 times in South Jersey indoor history, with Haddonfield winning in 12:03.4 on Briana Gess’s 4:51 anchor and Lenape just behind in 12:04.9.

It was a two-team race at the Varsity Classic, with North Rockland third in 12:14.9. Full results of the meet are here.

Haddonfield and Lenape now rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the U.S., behind only Suffern of New York, which ran 12:01.10 at the Armory on Jan. 21.

Let’s talk splits!

First, for Haddonfield: Kaitlyn Bonnet opened with a 3:44.1, with Carly Bonnet splitting 59.5, Julia Fonshell 2:28 and Gess 4:51.3.

For Lenape: Camille Franklin 3:44.4, Shannon Storms 59.5, Carly Pettipaw 2:14.3 and Megan Quimby 5:06.8.

Gess, a Foot Locker XC finalist as a freshman, passed Quimby with 200 meters to go, but Quimby passed her back on the final lap before Gess finally edged past Quimby in a battle of two of South Jersey’s top sophomore milers.

Incredibly, Haddonfield and Lenape are now responsible for 10 of the 13 sub-12:20 indoor DMR performances in South Jersey history.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey indoor DMR list:

All-Time South Jersey Girls Indoor DMR List

  • 11:41.12 … Southern Regional, 2009
  • 11:43.94 … Haddonfield, 2014
  • 11:54.63 … Lenape, 2013, Easterns
  • 11:55.90 … Lenape, 2012, Varsity Classic
  • 11:58.92 … Lenape, 2010, Easterns
  • 12:02.51 … Ocean City, 2014, New Balance Indoors
  • 12:03.4 ….. Haddonfield, 2015, Varsity Classic
  • 12:04.45 … Haddonfield, 2009, National Scholastic Indoors
  • 12:04.9 ….. Lenape, 2015, Varsity Classic
  • 12:12.22 … Ocean City, 2005, Nike Indoor Nationals
  • 12:13.46 … Washington Twp., 2011, Easterns
  • 12:14.48 … Haddonfield, 2013, Easterns
  • 12:15.60 … Lenape, 2014, Varsity Classic
  • 12:19.81 … Lenape, 2009, Nike Indoor Nationals

To put these performances in perspective, here’s the all-time overall South Jersey DMR list, including performances from both indoors and outdoors, with an i indicating an indoor mark. As you can see, Haddonfield and Lenape are No. 10 and No. 13 in South Jersey history on the indoor and outdoor combined list! That’s crazy!

Also, all 17 sub-12:10 performances in South Jersey history under any conditions belong to Haddonfield, Lenape and Ocean City, with Lenape responsible for seven, Haddonfield for five and Ocean City for five. Isn’t that nuts?

All-Time South Jersey Girls Combined DMR List
• 11:43.94i … Haddonfield, 2014, New Balance Indoors
• 11:53.15 … Lenape 2012 New Balance Outdoors
• 11:54.63i … Lenape, 2013, Easterns
• 11:55.90i … Lenape, 2012, Varsity Classic
• 11:58.92i … Lenape, 2010, Easterns
• 12:00.64 … Ocean City, 2004, adidas Outdoor Championships
• 12:02.34 … Haddonfield 2000, Penn Relays
• 12:02.37 … Haddonfield, 2014, Penn Relays
• 12:02.51i … Ocean City, 2014, New Balance Indoors
• 12:03.4i ….. Haddonfield, 2015, Varsity Classic
• 12:04.39 … Lenape, 2010 Rowan Open
• 12:04.45i … Haddonfield, 2009, National Scholastic Indoors
• 12:04.9i ….. Lenape, 2015, Varsity Classic
• 12:05.39 … Ocean City 2005, Nike Outdoor Nationals
• 12:06.73 … Ocean City 1994, Penn Relays
• 12:07.21 … Lenape 2008, Penn Relays
• 12:08.61 … Ocean City Rowan Open 2014

Finally, one more list. This is the all-time New Jersey girls indoor distance medley performance list and it’s sure to change in the next few weeks!

All-Time New Jersey Girls Indoor DMR List

  • 11:41.12 … Southern Regional, 2009
  • 11:43.94 … Haddonfield, 2014
  • 11:48.02 … Roxbury, 2006
  • 11:49.34 … Red Bank Regional, 2002
  • 11:49.62 … Southern Regional, 2003
  • 11:53.54 … Bernards, 1983
  • 11:54.63 … Lenape, 2013, Easterns
  • 11:55.24 … Immaculate Heart Academy, 2008
  • 11:55.32 … Red Bank Catholic, 2012
  • 11:55.90 … Lenape, 2012
  • 11:56.08 … Mount St. Dominic, 2014
  • 11:56.24 … Colts Neck, 2007
  • 11:57.06 … Mount St. Domonic, 2012
  • 11:58.74 … Mendham, 2012
  • 11:58.80 … Southern Regional, 2008
  • 11:58.82 … Red Bank Catholic, 2011
  • 11:58.92 … Lenape, 2010
  • 11:59.81 … Mendham, 2013
  • 11:59.88 … Voorhees, 2009
  • 12:00.53 … Pope John, 2007
  • 12:00.66 … Red Bank Regional, 2001
  • 12:01.28 … Red Bank Catholic, 2010
  • 12:01.3 ..… Summit, 1981
  • 12:01.40 … Colts Neck, 2007
  • 12:01.98 … Voorhees, 2008
  • 12:02.10 … Columbia, 2014
  • 12:02.40 … Bernards, 2012
  • 12:02.51 … Ocean City, 2014
  • 12:02.71 … Columbia, 1998
  • 12:02.77 … Randolph, 2011
  • 12:03.4 ….. Haddonfield, 2015
  • 12:04.45 … Haddonfield, 2009
  • 12:04.62 … Northern Highlands, 2013
  • 12:04.9 ….. Lenape, 2015,
  • 12:05.15 … West Windsor-Plainsboro, 2014
  • 12:05.9 … Middletown South, 1999
  • 12:05.98 … Immaculate Heart Academy, 2009
  • 12:06.45 … Bernards, 2013
  • 12:06.61 … Roxbury, 2007
  • 12:08.57 … Southern Regional, 2010
  • 12:09.58 … Ramapo, 2007
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The No. 1 NCAA high hurdler is from South Jersey!!!!

10090877Former Willingboro star Issac Williams is the No. 1 collegiate hurdler in the nation, thanks to his school-record 7.72 over the 42-inch 60-meter hurdles at the Houston Indoor Opener on Jan. 9.

Williams actually shares the NCAA No. 1 ranking with Dondre Echols of South Carolina, who ran 7.72 at the Armory over the weekend, and Sebastian Barth of Northern Iowa, who ran 7.72 in a meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa, also over the weekend.

Full NCAA Division 1 rankings are here.

Williams’ PR coming into the season was a 7.85 at last year’s Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Williams ranks No. 18 in the world, according to the IAAF rankings, and No. 8 among U.S. men.

The fastest time ever recorded by a New Jersey hurdler indoors is 7.46, by Olympian and Franklin Township High graduate Jeffrey Porter, last Feb. 1, in Mondeville, France.

Williams, now undefeated in four meets this winter, was a second-team All-America last year after winning the American Athletic Conference 110 highs title last spring and going on to place 11th at NCAAs.

At Willingboro, Williams was second to Trenton’s Jermaine Collier in both indoor and outdoor Meet of Champions.

Houston’s track complex is named after nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, another Willingboro High School graduate.

Tremendous college start for Oakcrest grad Muhammad!

Ishmael Muhammad ran the No. 7 time in the Big East in his first collegiate 800.
Ishmael Muhammad ran the No. 7 time in the Big East in his first collegiate 800.

His first couple races in college looked an awful lot like most of his races in high school.

Very fast.

Oakcrest High School graduate Ishmael Muhammad, now a freshman at Villanova, is off to a terrific start this winter, with a 600-meter win in his college debut and then an indoor PR and first in his section in his first collegiate 800.

Muhammad made his college debut at the Metro Team Challenge at the 168th Street Armory and won an invitational 600 in 1:18.34.

That’s the No. 5 time by an American this year and No. 2 time by a collegian. I’d love to tell you where it ranks on the all-time Villanova performance list, but the most recent one available on the Villanova web site is from 2006.

Here’s a look at the top five U.S. times so far, courtesy of Track and Field News:

  • 1:15.58 … Cas Loxsom, Lobo Open, Albuquerque, Jan. 24
  • 1:16.20 … Mark Wieczorek, Lobo Open, Albuquerque, Jan. 24
  • 1:18.08 … Curtis Beach, Lobo Open, Albuquerque, Jan. 24
  • 1:18.19 … Clay Lambourne, Bronco Invite, Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 24
  • 1:18.34 … Ishmael Muhammad, Metro Challenge, New York, Jan. 23

In his first collegiate 800, Muhammad ran 1:50.82 to win his section and place fifth overall at the Penn State National at State College this past weekend.

Muhammad has an 800 PR of 1:48.52 when he won the outdoor Meet of Champions, but his previous indoor PR was 1:53.68, from the indoor Meet of Champions his junior year, the winter of 2013, when he was fourth behind Isaac Clark (1:51.72), Derrell Manhertz (1:51.80) and Jacob Clark (1:52.15) in a crazy-fast 1-2-3-4 South Jersey sweep.

Muhammad’s time is No. 7 among Big East runners so far this winter:

  • 1:48.46 … Billy Ledder (Georgetown), Jan. 17, 2015, Nittany Lion Challenge
  • 1:48.63 … Ryan Manahan (Georgetown), Jan. 30, 2015, Penn State National
  • 1:48.71 … Joseph White (Georgetown), Jan. 17, 2015, Nittany Lion Challenge
  • 1:49.00 … Cole Williams (Georgetown), Jan. 17, 2015, Nittany Lion Challenge
  • 1:49.98 … Ahmed Bile (Georgetown), Jan. 10, 2015, Father Diamond Invitational
  • 1:50.37 … Amos Bartelsmeyer (Georgetown), Jan. 10, 2015, Father Diamond Invite
  • 1:50.82 … Ishmael Muhammad (VIllanova), Jan. 30, 2015, Penn State National
  • 1:50.92 … Alec Miller (Marquette), Jan. 30, 2015, Penn State National

Another title for Willingboro track! That’s … how many?????

Future Olympic gold medalist Lamont Smith celebrates one of his numerous titles.
Future Olympic gold medalist Lamont Smith celebrates one of his numerous titles.

With Willingboro coming out on top in the Central Jersey Group 1 boys sectional meet on Saturday, it’s a good time to take a look at exactly how accomplished this program has been over the years.

The history of Willingboro track is simply unbelievable.

Let’s take a look at every state or sectional indoor and outdoor championship this remarkable program has produced over the past 38 years, including the state relays, indoor and outdoor sectionals and indoor and outdoor states.

They’re all South Jersey titles, except where indicated. And don’t forget, until the late 1980s, Willingboro shared students with Kennedy High, which won a bunch of titles of its own.

By my count, the Willingboro track program has produced 82 team championships in state competition! And that’s on top of all the county and conference titles, individual records, champions and Olympians, Easterns and nationals winners, etc.

Here’s the full list!

BOYS
State Relays (14)
1982 [Group 4]
1983 [Group 4]
1985 [Group 3]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1996 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2001 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 3]
2015 [Group 1]

Indoor Sectionals (3)
2011 [CJ-Group 2]
2012 [CJ-Group 2]
2015 [CJ-Group 1]

Indoor States (12)
1983 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 2]

Outdoor Sectionals (15)
1977 [Group 4]
1978 [Group 4]
1979 [Group 4]
1980 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [CJ-3]
2005 [CJ-3]
2012 [Group 2]

Outdoor States (12)
1979 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1994 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]

GIRLS
State Relays (9)
1992 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2010 [Group 2]

Indoor Sectionals (1)
2010 [Group 1]

Indoor States (6)
1980 [All-Groups]
1981 [Group 4]
1998 [Goup 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [Group 3]

Outdoor Sectionals (6)
1980 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1985 [Group 3]
1992 [Group 4]
1999 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]

Outdoor States (4)
1980 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1999 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]