Pierce, Williams lead R.V. boys to huge Day 1 at S.J. Group 4 meet!!!

Officials re-measure Zakiyy Williams' meet-record 47-4 1/2 in the triple jump Friday.
Officials re-measure Zakiyy Williams’ meet-record 47-4 1/2 in the triple jump Friday.

It’s been 38 years since Rancocas Valley won its only sectional track championship. The program has been rejuvenated under coach Jeff Dzuranin, and thanks to tremendous Day 1 performances from Sterling Pierce and Zakiyy Williams, among others, the Red Devils find themselves in terrific position for their first title since 1977.

Pierce ran a N.J. #1 10.72 in the 100 finals and Williams broke the meet record with a 47-4 1/2 in the triple jump Friday as R.V. pulled out to a 21-point lead at intermission in the South Jersey Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor Township.

With nine events to go, R.V. leads second-place Egg Harbor 60-39, with Lenape (25) and Jackson Memorial (24) next.

Let’s take a look at Rancocas Valley’s very productive Day 1:


Pierce ran a 2015 New Jersey-best 10.73 in the trials and then went a bit faster in the finals, winning in a school-record 10.72. Teammate Dyson Scott wasn’t far behind with a personal-best 11.00 for third. 16 points


Junior Joshua DeJesus ran a four-second PR of 4:21.21, third-fastest in R.V. history behind Mark Strucku (4:18.7 converted from full mile in 1979) and Ian Waterhouse (4:16.93 in 2004), and placed second behind Ryan Rafferty of Jackson Memorial, who won in 4:19.35. 8 Points


Bah, the No. 7 seed at 57.62, PR’d by about a second and finished fifth in 56.82. Quite a bounce-back after he finished seventh at the County Open six days earlier in 59.64. 2  points


Another outstanding performance from Bah, who cleared 6-4 for the third straight major meet and finished third. 6 points


Freshman Jacob Tyndale joined juniors Jose Colon-Cruz and DeJesus and senior Isaiah Curbelo to win in 8:00.98, about three seconds ahead of Egg Harbor. 10 points.

Triple Jump

Williams PR’d by about five inches and broke the meet record of 46-8, set in 2009 by Rob Whitfield of Toms River South. 10 points


Tremendous effort by senior Chris Bright, who was only the ninth seed but PR’d with a 154-9 for second place.

That’s more than 20 feet farther than he threw at the County Open and a PR by 14 feet. Bright’s previous PR was 140-4 at the BCSL Liberty Division meet two weeks ago.

Bright is a study in persistence. This is a kid that threw 108 feet at sectionals as a sophomore and 120 feet last year. This year, he scored eight huge points in the South Jersey championships.  8 points



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