Crazy fast early double for Lenape’s Pettipaw!!!

Carly Pettipaw is in midseason form, and we’re only in the middle of April.

The Lenape senior ran 1:05.91 to win the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and 2:16.90 to win the 800-meter run at the Lenape Invitational Saturday.

Both are the fastest FAT times in New Jersey this year.

Pettipaw has run faster in both events, but considering how early in the season it is, the performances are awfully encouraging.

Pettipaw’s PRs are 1:03.94 in the 400IH from last year’s Olympic Conference meet and 2:14.12 from the 2013 indoor state meet in the 800.

Results from Lenape are here.

Pettipaw also has a PR of 56.96 in the 400 from last year’s South Jersey Group 4 sectionals.

Pettipaw will be back in action next weekend at the Penn Relays on Lenape’s DMR, which has a terrific chance to dip under 12 minutes.

The full list of Penn Relays high school acceptances is here.


Cherokee grad Woodard pops PR 173-0 in discus at UCLA meet!!!

Jess Woodard has a new discus PR on her resume. The 2013 Cherokee High graduate, now a freshman at Oklahoma, threw 173-0 at the Rafer Johnson-Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational Saturday at UCLA.

Woodard’s previous PR was 168-10, when she was fourth at the USATF Junior National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2013.

Woodard was competing against an international field of throwers. She was sixth overall but first among collegians.

Her series looked like this: Foul … 161-11 1/4 … 163-8 1/2 … 173-0 … Foul … Foul.

Woodard, a shot and discus Meet of Champions winner at Cherokee, is now the No. 5 freshman collegian in the country and ranked 29th overall in NCAA Division 1.

The University of Oklahoma doesn’t have a current track and field media guide on its web site. In fact, the most recent one is from 2010. But we took the all-time Sooners women’s discus list from 2009 and updated it, and it looks like Jess is already No. 4 in school history in the discus!

  • 186-1 … Brittany Borman (2010)
  • 182-9 … Karen Shump (2010)
  • 180-6 … Bambi Carson (2001)
  • 173-0 … Jess Woodard (2015)
  • 173-0 … Bailey Wagner (2012)
  • 173-6 … Alexandra Morgan (2014)
  • 167-1 … Jessica Longfors (2001)
  • 166-1 … Kelsey Poljansek (2011)
  • 164-7 … Jorunn Tangen (1983)
  • 170-2 … Kate Foster (2015)
  • 161-10 … Lauren Guerreri (2012)

Woodard is also closing in on the Burlington County alumni discus record set on May 6, 1989, by Pemberton graduate Lillian Rivera. She was competing for Texas Southern when she  threw 174-6 at the 1989 SEC meet in Houston.

Woodard also placed fourth in the hammer throw with a 175-5.

Full results of the meet are here:

Hammonton’s McCurry among best in D-3 in the steeplechase!!!

step0001-37You might not remember Pat McCurry from Hammonton. He’s making sure you’ll remember him by the time he’s done at Rowan.

McCurry, a Rowan University junior from Hammonton, ran 9:18.03 for sixth place overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Sam Howell Invitational this weekend, a personal best and the No. 7 time so far this year in NCAA Division 3.

His previous steeple PR was 9:36.40 last year when he won the event at the NJCAA Division 3 nationals at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y.

McCurry won the unseeded section of the race, and his time was fast enough to place him sixth overall.

McCurry was a four-time NJCAA champion at Gloucester County College, which is now officially known as Rowan College at Gloucester County.

Considering McCurry never placed in states in high school, his emergence on the college level is quite a story.

McCurry had PRs of 1:58.79 and 4:23.24 in high school. Not bad but hardly off the charts. He reached states once, thanks to a third place in the 1,600 in the South Jersey Group 3 meet at Egg Harbor in 2012, behind Chris Marco of Toms River South and Kingsway’s Tom Cooke. He went on to take 10th with a 4:26.86 in a race that produced three sub-4:13 times.

In college, he’s run 4:18.96 in the full mile (fourth in the indoor NJAC meet), 1:55.70 in the 800 (in a an indoor meet in Winston-Salem, N.C.) and 15:07.76 for the 5,000 indoors at Widener.

McCurry is a relative newcomer to the steeplechase, but he’s already only 18 seconds off the school record, 9:00.13 set in 1984 by another former Atlantic County runner — Oakcrest’s Don Deckert. Deckert ran that time leading a 1-2-6 Rowan finish at the 1984 NCAA Division 3 championships at Carlton College in Northfield, Minn.

Bob Rimkis was  second (9:00.43) and Lenny Hernandez sixth (9:09.74). Deckert’s twin brother, Ron, won the Division 3 title in the 5,000 (14:13.46) that weekend.

Next for McCurry is the Hopkins/Loyola Invitational at John Hopkins University in Baltimore this weekend.

NBC miler Chris Martin, finally healthy again, returns to the track!!!

step0001-36Since he moved to South Jersey from Illinois after his sophomore year at Mascoutah High School, we’ve seen some pretty impressive moments from Chris Martin. But he’s been hurt more often than not and you just keep thinking, “If he could ever stay healthy, watch out.”

Martin, now a senior at Northern Burlington, ran 4:18.62 for 1,600 meters as a sophomore in Illinois and won a state title. He got his time down to 4:17.34 last spring, when he placed second to Oakcrest’s Ishmael Muhammad (now at Villanova) in the South Jersey Invitational, and he also took second at the Central Jersey Group 3 sectionals behind Middletown North’s Tom O’Neill (now at Providence) with another sub-4:20 performance. He went onto states in the 3,200, placing eighth.

And that was his last track race until yesterday.

Martin, who was hurt at the end of his career in Illinois, has been hurt more often than not since moving to South Jersey.

But after missing the start of cross country with one injury and sitting out all of indoors with another, he’s healthy now and made his 2015 debut Saturday at the Hall of Fame Relays in Maple Shade.

In cold, windy conditions that weren’t conducive to good performances — not surprising, considering there have been precisely two nice days for the Hall of Fame Relays since 1985 — Martin ran 800 legs on two relay teams for the Greyhounds.

Martin ran a 2:03 and a 2:05 unchallenged, which might not sound super fast for a 4:17 miler but is actually really encouraging considering the conditions, how early in the season it is and that they were Martin’s first track races in 10 1/2 months.

Remember, Martin’s 800 PR is 2:00.39, from last year’s BCSL meet, so to be just three seconds off his PR in the wind and cold running solo in an off event is definitely a good sign.

Northern won the large-school 3,200-meter relay behind Martin, 2014 Liberty Division XC champ Beepul Bharti and Dion Young and Gene Zaleski. Young, a sophomore hurdler, showed a lot of versatility running the 800.

The Greyhounds also took second in the sprint medley behind Moorestown, although they were in different sections, so Martin didn’t get a chance to race against Quaker anchor Harrison Morris.

One interesting note about Martin: His PR for 3,200 meters remains 9:24 from Illinois. His best last spring was a 9:28.11 at states. But based on his 4:17 and his form at Holmdel, where he’s run as fast as 16:20.6, you know he’s capable of going well under 9:20.

Should be a fun senior year for Martin. And hopefully a healthy one!