Luke Petela blazes his way into all-time S.J. 3,200 top 10!!!!!!

step0001-38Luke Petela raced his way into the all-time South Jersey top-10 in the 3,200 Friday night with a blazing 9:02.92 at the Henderson Invitational in West Chester, Pa.

The Haddon Township senior placed fourth in a loaded field, moving into the No. 8 spot on the all-time South Jersey list and even moving ahead of school record holder Ed Blakeley, who ran 9:06.8 for a hand-timed two-mile in 1975. That converts to a 9:03.63 for 3,200 meters.

Petela has run as fast as 4:13.36 for a full mile, at nationals last year, and he already has a 4:14.71 to his credit from indoors. He’s run 15:40 at Holmdel, winning the M-of-C, and he was second at Foot Locker Regionals. But he had never run a competitive two-mile or 3,200. Until now.

The meet was insanely fast across the board, with 17 girls under 60 in the 400, five girls under 2:17 in the 800, 10 girls at 5:05 or faster in the 1,600, six girls at 10:45 or faster and 28 boys under 2:00 in the 800 (three under 1:53).

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey two-milers who’ve run 9:07 or faster, with two-mile times converted to 3,200 meters for the sake of convenience:

  • 8:55.61y … Murad Campbell (Overbrook), 1999
  • 8:59.55y ….. Mike Butynes (Sterling), 1972
  • 8:59.75y ….. Jason DeJoseph (Paul VI), 1987
  • 9:00.25y ….. Jim Smith (Haddonfield), 1980
  • 9:00.30 ……. Jimmy Daniels (Sterling), 2013
  • 9:01.84y ….. Mike Mantini (Gateway), 1979
  • 9:02.03y … Marc Pelerin (Cherokee), 2002
  • 9:02.92 ……. Luke Petela (Haddon Twp.), 2015
  • 9:03.03y ….. Jerry Andrews (Highland), 1979
  • 9:03.63y ….. Ed Blakeley (Haddon Twp.), 1975
  • 9:04.05 ……. Shawn Wilson (Cherokee), 2013
  • 9:04.94 ……. Louis Corgiano (Hammonton), 2014
  • 9:05.98 ……. Steve Maine (Highlan), 2014
  • 9:06.11y ….. Greg Stremmel (Gatweway), 1974
  • 9:06.47 ……. Jonathan Vitez (Haddonfield), 2010
  • 9:07.03 ……. Greg Hughes (Mainland), 2004
  • 9:07.11 ….. Ron Faith (Paul VI), 1985

Interesting that the top four has remained the same for 16 years, even in this era of super-fast distance times. Butynes’ South Jersey record stood for 27 years, and now Campbell’s mark has stood for 16 years. But if Petela can run 9:02 now … watch out later in the season, if he chooses to run another hot one.

 

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3 thoughts on “Luke Petela blazes his way into all-time S.J. 3,200 top 10!!!!!!

  1. Bill Collins May 8, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Kevin Pumphrey ran 9:06 at the Camden County Championships his senior year

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  2. Bill Collins May 8, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    OOPS Kevin ran 9:07.00 at the Camden County Meet in 1986

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