Kenny Brosier latest stud Willingboro intermediate hurdler!

Haddonfield always has tremendous distance runners. Penns Grove always seems to have terrific high hurdlers. And Bridgeton always has terrific throwers.

Willingboro is the same way with intermediate hurdlers.

Kenny Brosier on Friday became the 10th Willingboro intermediate hurdler to run sub-54 seconds when he won the state Group 2 title at South Plainfield in a personal-best 53.86.

No other South Jersey school is close to Willingboro in producing standout intermediate hurdlers.

Here’s a list of the 10 Boro 400 hurdlers who’ve broken 54 seconds. The list includes Chauncey Lamar, who ran 53.7 for Kennedy in 1978.

  • 52.89 … Devon Patton, 1990
  • 52.71 … Mike Morrison, 2003
  • 52.92 … Shareef Muhammad, 2003
  • 53.14 … Michael Bolling, 2000
  • 53.1h … Darryl Merriman, 1982
  • 53.5 ….. Marc Dickerson, 1979
  • 53.63 … Dwayne Joseph, 2004
  • 53.79 … Brandon Hill, 2013
  • 53.86 … Kenny Brosier, 2015
  • 53.7h … Chauncey Lamar, 1978 [JFK]
  • 53.92 … Gerard Reynolds, 1990

Brosier edged Deptford senior Shaqulle Dixon by about 1 1/2 meters to win the state title Friday. Dixon ran 54.03.

Brosier has posted big PRs in his last two races. He took a PR of 55.06 from the Moorestown Invitational into sectionals, which he won in 54.48.

Here are the top 10 seeds for the Meet of Champions next week, with five of the top nine from South Jersey:

  • 51.73 … Taylor McLaughlin (Union Catholic), 1st, Parochial A
  • 52.93 … Cory Poole (East Orange), 1st, Group 4
  • 53.35 … Ray Clark (Abraham Clark), 1st, Group 1
  • 53.50 … Chris Mesiano (Schalick), 2nd, Group 1
  • 53.59 … Thomas Zor (Millville), 2nd, Group 4
  • 53.86 … Kenny Brosier (Willingboro), 1st, Group 2
  • 54.03 … Shaquille Dixon (Deptford), 2nd, Group 2
  • 54.05 … Marco Joseph (Paterson Eastside), 3rd, Group 4
  • 54.08 … Ali-Quan Stokes (Oakcrest), 1st, Group 3
  • 54.13 … Kelvin Almonte (Memorial-WNY), 4th, Group 4

For all of Willingboro’s 400IH tradition, Brosier is the first to win a state group title in the event in 21 years. Michael Bolling won the Meet of Champs in 2000 after placing second to Dwight Ruff in the state Group 4 meet. Ruff was called for a disputed false start in the Meet of Champs.

Here’s a list of Willingboro’s state champions in the intermediate hurdles:

  • 1979 – Marc Dickerson, Group 4 (38.6) [330 yards]
  • 1982 – Darryl Merriman, Group 4 (53.1)
  • 1989 – Gerard Reynolds, Group 4 (54.0)
  • 1990 – Gerard Reynolds, Group 4 (53.92)
  • 1990 – Devon Patton, Meet of Champions (52.89)
  • 1994 – Kenyon Reid, Group 4 (54.48)
  • 2000 – Michael Bolling, Meet of Champs (53.60)

Brosier on Friday also took fifth in the 400 in 49.71. Teammate David Miller was sixth in 49.96. With Tyler Davidson going 49.26 at the County Open, Willingboro now has three 400 guys under 50 seconds this year.

With Brosier, Miller, Davidson and Tyshen Hernendez, Willingboro is the No. 4 seed in the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday.

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