Cherry Hill East wins Woodbury DMR for first time in 29 years and blasts meet record along the way!!!

It took 40 years for the record to fall.

In 1976, Toms River South set a Woodbury Relays DMR record of 10:24.8 over 2 1/2 miles, a performance that converts to 10:20.86 for the currently run 4,000 meters.

Rancocas Valley came close to eclipsing that mark last year with a 10:24.92, a mark that was considered a co-record since it’s faster than Toms River South’s time but for a shorter distance and converts to a slightly slower time.

Now there’s only one record.

And it belongs to Cherry Hill East.

Aaron Groff’s 4:18 anchor led the Cougars to the fastest distance medley time in New Jersey this year, a 10:19.90 school record that easily won the Group 4 race at the 44th annual Woodbury Relays Saturday.

This is Cherry Hill East’s first Woodbury Relays DMR title in 29 years.

More on that later.

Since East’s time is both faster than Toms River South’s 1976 time and faster than South’s converted time, East gets sole possession of the record, although meet officials could elect to list both, since they were achieved at different distances.

Nonetheless, this was the greatest DMR effort ever at Woodbury.

Cole Parsons opened with a 3:11 for 1,200 meters, Kyle Encarnacion split 51 seconds, Isaiah Jean-Baptiste ran 1:57 and Groff anchored in 4:18 to set East up nicely for the Penn Relays in two weeks.

The Cougars’ time is No. 9 in the U.S., according to the Milesplit national rankings.

Complete Woodbury Relays results are here.

Cherry Hill East finished 85 meters ahead of Rancocas Valley, second in 10:32.85.

The Cougars moved into the No. 11 spot on the all-time South Jersey list, but they are only 1.2 seconds out of sixth, and they should be able to find those 1.2 seconds — and more — at Penn.

Cherry Hill East’s previous school record came at Woodbury last year, when a team that also included Jean-Baptiste and Groff ran 10:23.98 for second to Rancocas Valley. Seniors Dan Helmand and Vladimir Theophile also ran on that team.

Note that the top 13 times in South Jersey history were all achieved by schools in either Camden or Burlington County.

  • 10:00.9 … Willingboro, 1983
  • 10:10.74 … Washington Twp., 2000
  • 10:10.6 … Haddon Township, 1973
  • 10:16.11 … Cherokee, 2001
  • 10:16.14 … Haddonfield, 2010
  • 10:16.29 … Highland, 1991
  • 10:18.74 … Shawnee, 1991
  • 10:19.11 … Washington Twp., 2009
  • 10:19.47 … Cherokee, 2012
  • 10:19.67 … Haddon Twp., 2015 [Penn]
  • 10:19.90 … Cherry Hill East, 2016
  • 10:20.92 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
  • 10:20.98 … Northern Burlington, 2014
  • 10:21.78 … Cherokee, 1998
  • 10:22.9 ….. Paul VI, 1988
  • 10:23.1y … Holy Cross, 1972

Cherry Hill East last won the Woodbury distance medley in 1987 with a 10:47.5. Here’s a look at the last 30 Group 4 distance medley winners at Woodbury:

    • 2016: Cherry Hill East, 10:19.90
    • 2015: Rancocas Valley, 10:20.92
    • 2014: Kingsway, 10:31.12
    • 2013: Rancocas Valley, 10:42.82
    • 2012: Vineland, 10:34.88
    • 2011: Egg Harbor, 10:49.09
    • 2010: Cherokee, 10:38.4
    • 2009: Oakcrest, 10:37.7
    • 2008: Washington Twp., 10:35.9
    • 2007: Washington Twp., 10:44.54
    • 2006: Washington Twp., 10:50.1
    • 2005: Vineland, 10:59.5
    • 2004: Toms River North, 10:32.6
    • 2003: Toms River North, 10:41.54
    • 2002: Cherokee, 10:29.91
    • 2001: Eastern, 10:32.1
    • 2000: Cherokee, 10:28.0
    • 1999: Washington Twp., 10:35.4
    • 1998: Cherokee, 10:26.3
    • 1997: Overbrook, 10:49.2
    • 1996: Cherokee, 10:44.2
    • 1995: Highland, 10:46.7
    • 1994: Highland, 10:52.9
    • 1993: Shawnee, 10:52.0
    • 1992: Shawnee, 10:31.4
    • 1991: Highland, 10:28.7
    • 1990: Cherokee, 10:33.7
    • 1989: Paul VI, 10:30.1
    • 1988: Brick Township, 10:51.3
    • 1987: Cherry Hill East, 10:47.5

I knew there was a reason I’ve been keeping complete Woodbury Relays results since the 1987 season!

While we’re on the topic, let’s take a look at the 10-fastest Woodbury Relays distance medley performances over the years, regardless of group. I converted races run at yards just for the purposes of this list. Some non-winning marks from the meet’s earlier years are not available.

  • 10:19.90 … Cherry Hill East, 2016 [Group 4]
  • 10:20.86 … Toms River South, 1976 [Group 4]
  • 10:20.92 … Rancocas Valley, 2015 [Group 4
  • 10:22.62 … Haddon Twp., 2015 [Group 1]
  • 10:23.98 … Cherry Hill East, 2015 [Group 4]
  • 10:24.40 … Pleasantville, 2013 [Group 2]
  • 10:24.4 ….. Eastern, 1985 [Group 3]
  • 10:25.31 … Northern Burlington, 2014 [Group 3]
  • 10:26.3 ….. Cherokee, 1998 [Group 4]
  • 10:28.0 ….. Cherokee, 2000 [Group 4]
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3 thoughts on “Cherry Hill East wins Woodbury DMR for first time in 29 years and blasts meet record along the way!!!

    • Brent Owens April 25, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Congrats to CHE from the 400 leg runner from the last Cougars DMR victory at Woodbury.

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