Historic triple by Pierce leads Rancocas Valley to first state title!!!

1459113_953430805034_5933927472541852857_nA monster triple by Sterling Pierce carried Rancocas Valley to the first state title in the program’s long and storied history this weekend.

Pierce was simply too good to be denied.

He won the 100-meter dash in 10.76.

He won the 200 in 21.77.

He anchored the 400-meter relay team, which ran a New Jersey-best 42.20 and broke the meet record of 42.60, set last year by Sayreville.

Rancocas Valley – a dead program before Jeff Dzuranin took over in 2013 — outscored Old Bridge, 47-36 to become the first Burlington County school to win Group 4 since Fred Rucker’s Lenape group 15 years ago.

And the Villanova-bound Pierce became Burlington County’s first triple winner at states since Delran’s Todd Lowber in 2000 and the first in Group 4 since future Olympic gold medalist Lamont Smith won the 200 and 400 and anchored the winning 4-by-4 in 1991.

For the sake of comparison, Pierce in one meet won more outdoor state titles than every Rancocas Valley boy in the previous 30 years combined. He’s the first R.V. boy ever to win two events (or three) at a state meet.

Here’s a list of all Rancocas Valley state champs in the program’s history:

2015 Outdoor
Sterling Pierce, Group 4 100-Meter Dash (10.76)
Sterling Pierce, Group 4 200-Meter Dash (21.77)
JeSean Foster, Shaun Ellis-Bradley, Dyson Scott, Sterling Pierce, Group 4 400 Relay (42.20)
2006 Indoor
Phil Reid, Group 4 200-Meter Dash (23.01)
1999 Outdoor
Jason Cowden, Group 4 Javelin (190-11)
Jason Cowden, All-Group Javelin (202-8)
1991 Outdoor
Dan Morris, Group 3 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles (54.70)
Dan Morris, All-Group 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles (53.48)
1984 Indoor
Eugene Munford, Group 3 55-Meter High Hurdles (7.4)
1980 Indoor
Doug Atkinson, Group 3 3,000-Meter Run (8:57.8)
1977 Indoor
Barry Anderson, Group 3 High Jump (6-8)
1976 Indoor
Barry Anderson, All-Group High Jump (6-6)
1974 Outdoor
Greg Honsby, Group 4 880-Yard Run (1:54.9)
Greg Honsby, All-Group 880-Yard Run (1:54.7)
1973 Outdoor
Bill Robinson, Roger Schneider, Jerry Felton, Ken Maxson, Group 4 Mile Relay (3:24.2)
1969 Outdoor
Al Rich (Rancocas Valley), All-Group 120-Yard High Hurdles (15.0)
1964 Outdoor
*Don Mims (Rancocas Valley), Group 3 120-Yard High Hurdles (14.8)
1963 Outdoor
Herm Butler (Rancocas Valley), Group 3 Long Jump (21-10)
1961 Outdoor
John Stroud (Rancocas Valley), Group 3 High Jump (6-0?)

Pierce — coached by R.V. sprint coach Eric Warren — was incredible, but this wasn’t a one-man show.

Senior Zakiyy Williams placed second in the triple jump with a 46-6 3/4, senior Diante Bah tied his PR of 6-6 for fourth in the high jump, junior Robert Marks threw a personal-best 179 4 for fourth in the javelin and junior Isaiah Curbelo ran 1:56.26 for sixth in the 800.

And junior JeSean Foster and seniors Shaun Ellis-Bradley and Dyson Scott joined Pierce on the winning 400-meter relay team.

Rancocas Valley won every meet it entered this year – every dual meet, the Woodbury Relays, the BCSL and County Open, sectionals and states. Egg Harbor was second at Woodbury, sectionals and states.

Finally, here’s a list of all the South Jersey schools to win the boys Group 4 team title. R.V. finds itself in pretty good company!

1969 – Vineland*
1970 – Millville*
1975 – Camden
1979 – Willingboro
1981 – Willingboro
1982 – Willingboro
1983 – Edgewood
1984 – Edgewood
1985 – Edgewood
1990 – Willingboro
1991 – Willingboro
1992 – Shawnee
1993 – Willingboro
1994 – Willingboro
1995 – Camden
1996 – Camden
1997 -Camden
1999 – Millville
2000 – Lenape
2001 – Millville
2002 – Winslow Twp.
2003 – Winslow Twp.
2004 – Winslow Twp.
2008 – Absegami
2011 – Oakcrest
2015 – Rancocas Valley

* – Team title not officially awarded from 1968-1970.

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