Burlington City’s Brooks turns in rare Group 1 middle-distance double!!!

Burlington City senior Daveigh Brooks fashioned a sweet double-PR middle-distance double this weekend, sweeping the 400 and 800 with personal-bests in both events at the Central Jersey Group 1 meet at Hillsborough.

Brooks ran 49.29 to win the 400 and 1:56.43 to win the 800. His previous PRs were 49.77 at the BCSL Freedom Division meet two weeks ago and 1:56.96 at sectionals last year.

He’ll be the No. 1 seed in the state Group 1 meet next weekend in both races.

He’s also the only South Jersey runner ranked in the top-10 in both the 400 and 800 this spring.

Get this: Brooks is the first Burlington City boy to win two individual events at sectional in 15 years. The last to do it was Bryan Smith, who won the South Jersey Group 1 400 (50.9) and intermediates (54.3) in 2001.

The only other Burlington boys to ever double at sectionals — not counting relay legs — are Mike Boone in the long jump and javelin in 1990 (24-1, 183-10) and Brondon Jenkins in the 100 and 200 in 1995 (11.2, 22.4).

Brooks is the only Group 1 runner in New Jersey this year to run as fast as 49.29 and 1:56.43 in both the 400 and 800.

He’s the first boy to sweep the 400 and 800 at the Central Jersey Group 1 meet in seven years, since another BCSL Freedom Division athlete — Florence’s Keith Griffith. In 2009, Griffith won the 400 in 48.32 and the 800 in 1:59.41.

 

 

Staten hurdles her way into No. 8 spot on all-time S.J. list

step0001-8Good luck trying to figure out Jasmine Staten’s best event.

She’s a sectional champ in the 200, a state runner-up in the 400 and a 19-foot long jumper. She can also triple jump, high jump, run the 100. You name it.

Then there’s the high hurdles.

Staten elevated herself into rarified territory Saturday at the South Jersey Group 4 sectional meet at Egg Harbor with a monster 14.04 in the 100-meter hurdles trials. She followed that up with a 14.10 for the win in the final.

Staten won by five meters over second-place Lynnea Forlenza of Toms River North, who ran 14.73.

Her time is No. 8 in South Jersey and fastest by a Burlington County hurdler in 36 years. More on that later.

Staten went into sectionals with a high hurdles PR of 14.47 from the Lenape Invitational back in April. She also won the District Cup in 14.77 and County Open in 14.60.

But this weekend, she took the race to another level.

Staten ran the fastest fully automatic hurdles time in South Jersey Group 4 sectional history, breaking the FAT meet record of 14.33 set in 2005 by Winslow’s Krystal Cantey. Her time is also the fastest FAT time ever recorded in any South Jersey sectional. The previous record was 14.07 by Nia Ali of Pleasantville in Group 2 in 2006.

What’s the fastest FAT time ever recorded at any sectional meet state-wide? It’s an impossible question to answer, since meet officials putting the various programs together generally don’t list both a hand time and a FAT time in the records section. Even when the FAT time is intrinsically faster. Which makes zero sense. But welcome to New Jersey track.

For record purposes, Staten’s performance should be listed alongside Olympian Carol Lewis’s hand-timed 13.9 from 1981 as the South Jersey Group 4 sectional records. You can’t convert a FAT time for the purposes of tying or breaking a record, so both will (or should) stand as co-records.

The only way  FAT time could erase a hand-timed 13.9 from the record books is if it were 13.89 or faster.

OK, time for the all-time South Jersey list. Here’s everybody that’s run 14.20 or faster in South Jersey history:

13.65 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
13.72 … Nichole Hill (Oakcrest), 1997
13.79 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow), 2012
13.85 … Carol Lewis (Willingboro), 1980
13.88 … Zonya Cross (Edgewood), 1983
13.98 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow), 2014
13.99 … Imani Gilliam (Pennsauken), 2004
14.04 … Jasmine Staten (Lenape), 2016
14.05 … Jasmine Waddell (Kingsway), 2011
14.07 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1998
14.09 … Nichole Belcher (Wilson), 1992
14.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
14.17 … Samantha Sharper (Wilson), 2008
14.20 … Alethia Jenkins (Pennsauken), 1999

Staten also won the long jump with an 18-2 and placed second to Williamstown’s Bria Mack in the 200 and 400 in 25.27 and 58.34.

That’s 36 points for one person, enough to place sixth as a team in South Jersey Group 4.

Gardner wins Pre Classic 100 in world #2 and runs within 0.02 seconds of PR

e4fb166e-0346-42cd-ae3f-cc9bae533737English Gardner, already one of the fastest women in the history of Earth, ran the second fastest 100 of her life Saturday, winning the Prefontaine Classic in 10.81 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Gardner, a native of Voorhees and graduate of Eastern High School, ranks No. 14 in world history with her 10.79 on the same track last summer. Her time Saturday is only 0.02 seconds off that personal-best and all-time No. 14 time.

The race was really no race. Tianna Bartoletta was the only other woman under 11 seconds, second in 10.94.

To watch the race, click here.

The only woman to run faster in the world this year is American Tori Bowie, who ran 10.80 at Doha in Qatar earlier this month.

Gardner’s previous season best was an 11.04 in Baie-Mahault, France, earlier this month.

Gardner is No. 7 in U.S. history. The only Americans to ever run under 10.76 are Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set the world record of 10.49 while under intense international suspicion; Carmelita Jeter, who ran 10.64 in Shanghai in 2009; and disgraced drug cheat Marion Jones, who ran 10.65 in 1998.

For the media information sheet with endless details of every race and every key participant at Pre, click here.

What a monster sectional performance for Willingboro’s Tyler Davidson

He won the 400 in 48.47. He won the 800 in 1:54.78. He ran a leg on the winning 4-by-4. And he took second in the intermediates in 55.22.

That’s 28 points by himself and a hand in 38 points for the Willingboro senior at the Central Jersey Group 2 sectional meet at Central Regional High School in Bayville. Davidson’s heroics helped Willingboro place second to Haddonfield, 102-68. Oakcrest also scored 68 points and tied for second with Boro.

Davidson PR’d in the 800, breaking his previous career best of 1:55.52 set at states last year. He won the event for a second straight year.

All that came between Davidson and the first Willingboro sectional quad win in 27 years was a win by Oakcrest’s Oliver Paul in the 400 intermediates.

With three wins this weekend, Davidson elevated himself into some elite territory in Willingboro’s remarkable track history.

He’s only the sixth Willingboro boy ever to triple at sectionals, a group that includes two Olympic gold medalists, one of the greatest athletes in Florida Gator history, an All-America hurdler at Houston and the athlete considered the greatest in Willingboro track history.

Here’s a look at all the Willingboro boys who have tripled at sectionals:

2016 – Tyler Davidson
400-Meter Run – 48.47
800-Meter Run – 1:54.78
4×4 – 3:23.06
2012 – Isaac Williams
100-Meter Dash – 11.21
110-Meter Hurdles – 14.16
200-Meter Dash –  22.38
2003 – Mike Morrison
400-Meter Hurdles – 53.5
High Jump – 7-1
Long Jump – 22-5
1991 – Lamont Smith
200-Meter Dash – 21.4
400-Meter Dash – 50.4
4×4 3:21.6
1990 – Lamont Smith
200-Meter Dash – 22.4
400-Meter Dash – 49.5
4×4 3:22.0
1989 – Gerard Reynolds
Long Jump – 24-8 1/2
110 Hurdles – 13.9
400 Hurdles – 54.5
4×4 – 3:25.8
1979 – Carl Lewis
100-Yard Dash – 9.5
Long Jump 21-5
Mile Relay 3:26.0

Bordentown’s Yanucil bombs her way into NCAA javelin field!!!!!

step0001-7.jpgKelly Yanucil, a Bordentown graduate now competing for Mount St. Mary’s, advanced to the field of 12 in the NCAA Championships with a throw of 159-6 at the NCAA East Preliminary meet in Jacksonville this weekend.

The top 12 throwers at the two regional sites advanced to the field of 24 at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The javelin final is June 9.

Yanucil’s throw was ninth-best of the 48 throwers entered. She opened with  152-6 and closed with a 150-5.

Yanucil has a season-best of 165-7 from the Spring Invitational last month at George Mason University in Fairfax. Her PR of 165-9 comes from the Northeast Conference Championships last year at St. Mary’s own track in Emmitsburg, Md.

At Bordentown, Yanucil had a best of 141-5 from the state Group 1 championships at Egg Harbor.

Yanucil is ranked 29th among all U.S. women, according to Track and Field News.

Yanucil, who returned home to win the Penn Relays championship last month, is already the Mount St. Mary’s record holder. The previous record in the javelin was 163-5 by Kelly Juhring, who is a graduate of Kingsway High School. So the top two spots on Mount St. Mary’s all-time women’s javelin list are South Jersey natives.

Yanucil’s recent exploits haven’t stopped her from being a Bordentown track supporter. She was at Rancocas Valley last weekend for the County Open, cheering on the Bordentown athletes.

Bria Mack runs all-time NJ #12 100 meters on Day 1 at SJ-Group 4!!!

Williamstown junior Bria Mack added her name to the list of all-time great New Jersey sprinters Friday when she ran 11.68 to win the 100-meter dash at the South Jersey Group 4  track championships at Egg Harbor.

Mack’s time is No. 4 in South Jersey history and fastest by a South Jersey sprinter since English Gardner ran 11.49 in 2008. Her time is No. 12 in state history. The full list of all New Jersey girls to run 11.70 or faster is below.

Mack, the Meet of Champions runner-up a year ago, broke the South Jersey Group 4 meet record of 11.74, set in 2007 by Gardner, and it’s also the fastest FAT time ever recorded at any sectional meet.

Mack’s previous best for 100 meters was 11.90 in last year’s state Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor. Her previous best this year was a 12.03 at the Tri-County Meet.

11.42 … Michele Glover [Willingboro], 1981
11.44 … Myasia Jacobs [Paramus Catholic], 2012
11.49 … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008
11.50 … Wendy Vereen [Trenton], 1984
11.57 … Patti Dunlap [Camden], 1979
11.57 … M’elisa Barber [Montclair], 1998
11.61 … Shavon Greaves [Lakewood], 2007
11.62 … Cathy Crawford [Perth Amboy], 1997
11.64 … Olivia Baker [Columbia], 2013
11.65 … Aleah Williams [Montclair], 1999
11.65 … Ogechi Nwaneri [Columbia], 2005
11.68 … Bria Mack [Williamstown], 2016
11.68 … Regia Trotter [Weequahic], 1991
11.70 … Assante Johnson [Camden], 2009

Mack also won the 400 in 57.90. It’s the first open 400 she’s run this spring and a PR by about  three seconds.

Mack also won the South Jersey Group 4 100 as a freshman in 2014 in 12.07 and last year in 11.95.

Here’s a look at every South Jersey Group 4 100-meter dash champion going back 30 years:

2016 – Bria Mack (Williamstown) 11.68
2015 – Bria Mack (Williamstown) 11.95
2014 – Bria Mack (Williamstown) 12.07
2013 – Nabiya Garrett (EHT) 12.74
2012 – Annie Johnson (Shawnee) 12.07
2011 – Annie Johnson (Shawnee) 12.07
2010 – English Gardner (Eastern) 11.99
2009 – Diannae Leslie (Pennsauken) 12.42
2008 – English Gardner (Eastern) 11.79
2007 – English Gardner (Eastern) 11.74
2006 – Dana Cataldo (Lenape) 12.25
2005 – Kahmil Johnson (Lenape) 12.37
2004 – Christina Smith (Winslow) 12.49
2003 – Jennifer Jackson (Eastern) 12.1
2002 – Brittany Wright (Estrn.) 12.0
2001 – Latoya Benson (WT) 12.2
2000 – Latoya Benson (WT) 12.1
1999 – Shonda Burroughs (Vine.) 12.1
1998 – Kylene Bines (High.) 12.1
1997 – Beth Kalwinsky (TRN) 11.8
1996 – Kim Hargrove (W’boro) 11.8
1995 – Janeacia Smith (Highland) 12.7
1994 – Nena Moore (CHW) 12.2
1993 – Nena Moore (CHW) 12.4
1992 – Kia Van Wright (W’boro) 12.0
1991 – Eusheka Bartley (High.) 12.3
1990 – Teneacia Smith (CHE) 12.5
1989 – Tanisha Jarrett (Cumb.) 12.6
1988 – Hilda Walker (Cumberland) 12.8
1987 – Janniece Cheatham (Edge.) 12.6
1986 – Carmella Johnson (Vineland) 12.3

We’ll have more from Egg Harbor whenever results are made available.

Unpushed, R.V. runs monster sprint medley at Willingboro Relays

There was a lot working against Rancocas Valley’s sprint medley team Monday.

They raced after a 40-minute rain delay. They were unpushed. They ran just two days after a monster effort at the Burlington County Open, where they won their third consecutive title.

No biggie.

The quartet of Robert Hawkins, Brandon Boggs, Samuel Keleekai and Isaiah Curbello blazed 3:30.78 to win the sprint medley at the Willingboro Relay Meet.

The Red Devils finished about 50 meters ahead of second-place Northern Burlington, which ran 3:37.96.

RV’s performance is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 2 in New Jersey, behind only Ridgewood’s 3:29.80 at the Jack Yockers Relays last month at River Dell High School in Oradell.

Hawkins led off with a 49.4, followed by Boggs (22.8) and Keleekai (22.1), setting up a 1:55.9 anchor  by three-time County Open 800 champ Curbello.

R.V.’s time is just over a second shy of the school record of 3:29.72 set at outdoor nationals in Greensboro in 2005 by the quarter of Josh Raines, Dwayne Dobbins, Phil Reid and Ian Waterhouse.

That group won its heat at nationals, then waited for the seeded heat to finish before learning they had bumped one school in the final section and placed eighth overall, earning All-America status.

  • 3:22.71 … Vineland, 2002
  • 3:22.75 … Vineland, 2003
  • 3:22.85 … Camden, 2001
  • 3:23.56 … Willingboro, 2003
  • 3:23.79 … Willingboro, 2001
  • 3:24.19 … Bordentown, 2005
  • 3:26.25 … Absegami, 2008
  • 3:26.75 … Winslow Twp., 2003
  • 3:27.10 … Washington Twp., 2010
  • 3:27.32 … Oakcrest, 2014
  • 3:27.1h … Bridgeton, 2001
  • 3:27.3h … Willingboro, 1983
  • 3:27.55 … Washington Twp., 2009
  • 3:27.69 … Overbrook, 1999
  • 3:28.55 … Winslow Twp., 2002
  • 3:28.63 … Lenape, 2001
  • 3:29.1h … Willingboro, 1979
  • 3:30.61 … Delsea, 2011
  • 3:30.68 … Rancocas Valley, 2014d
  • 3:30.70 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
  • 3:30.92 … Willingboro, 2015