RV’s Tyndale makes a mockery of PR with INSANE 800 breakthrough!!!!!!!

Jacob Tyndale stepped to the starting line at the South Jersey Invitational the proud owner of an 800 PR of 2:02.02.

The Rancocas Valley sophomore had broken 2:00 hand-timed in a dual meet against Willingboro, but his official PR was that 2:02.02 from indoor Group 4 sectionals at the Bennett Center in February.

Two minutes later …

Two minutes later, Tyndale had a PR of 1:56.61, he had a win in one of South Jersey’s biggest meets, he had a No. 2 ranking among all New Jersey half-milers, he had a No. 1 ranking in New Jersey and he had established himself as one of the favorites in the South Jersey Group 4 800 field.

Tyndale’s PR coming into the spring season was 2:17.78 from the Toms River Freshman meet last February at the Bennett Center.

But he out-ran a quality field at Delsea to win a South Jersey Invitational race that included  eight runners under two minutes, 12 under 2:01 and 17 under 2:02.

Tyndale out-raced junior Jake Dinnerman of Haddon Township by about 12 meters. Dinnerman finished second in 1:58.01, with Schalick senior Samuel Gerstenbacher [1:58.05], Absegami senior Bobby Maguire [1:58.42] and Haddon Township junior Jacob Howley [1:58.96] also under 1:59.

It’s time for some lists:

Let’s take a look at all the 800 winners in SJI history. Some pretty big names on this list!

2016: Jacob Tyndale (Rancocas Valley) 1:56.61
2015: Eric Barnes (Egg Harbor Twp.) 1:55.86
2014: Kevin Cianfarini (West Deptford) 1:55.13
2013 LeQuan James (Vineland) 1:53.98
2012: Isaac Clark (Pleasantville) 1:54.18
2011: Ben Potts (Haddonfield), 1:53.95
2010: Daniel Galeano (Absegami), 1:57.94
2009: Aaron Johnson (Oakcrest), 1:55.53
2008: Ryan Garvin (Lenape), 1:55.55
2007: Ford Palmer (Absegami), 1:58.57
2006: Casey Pinckney (Camden), 1:58.47
2005: Rob Novak (Bordentown), 1:53.2
2004: Rob Novak (Bordentown), 1:54.92
2003: Jon Anderson (Cinnaminson), 1:57.4
2002: Robert Edwards (Bridgeton), 1:55.81
2001: Marc Pelerin (Cherokee), 1:55.5
2000: James Holden (Bridgeton), 1:56.14
1999: Marvin Sewell (Pennsauken), 1:58.72
1998: Murad Campbell (Overbrook), 1:54.22
1997: Fred Sharpe (Paulsboro), 1:53.2
1996: Mark Davis (Highland), 1:54.9
1995: Nelson Cresson (Delsea), 1:55.7
1994: Nick Cavalarro (Paul VI), 1:57.1
1993: Jaja Fisher (Cherokee), 1:55.3
1992: Rondell Braxton (Highland), 1:54.9

Tyndale is the second straight sophomore to win the SJI 800. Eric Barnes of Egg Harbor was a sop last year.

Tyndale is the fastest Burlington County sophomore at 800 meters since future sub-4 miler Rob Novak of Westampton Tech via Bordentown ran 1:54.95 at the 2003 Meet of Champions. Two years later, Novak was national 800 champ and anchored Bordentown to a national title in the sprint medley.

He’s fast, but he’s not RV’s fastest half-miler. Isaiah Curbello has a PR of 1:55.81 from when he won his second straight Burlco title last spring. There’s also Joshua DeJesus, who has a PR of 1:57.71 from last year’s County Open (and has run 4:18.64).

Not surprisingly, with three sub-1:58 legs, Rancocas Valley should have a pretty good 4-by-8. They haven’t run one loaded yet, but mid-7:40s isn’t unrealistic for this group in good conditions if they keep getting better and get pushed.

One final list: Here’s the all-time South Jersey Invitational top-25, or everybody who’s ever run 1:56-flat or faster in the meet’s 23-year history:

1:53.2 … Fred Sharpe (Paulsboro), 1997
1:53.2 … Rob Novak (Bordentown), 2005
1:53.95 … Ben Potts (Haddonfield), 2011
1:53.98 … LeQuan James (Vineland), 2013
1:54.14 … William Dolan (Clearview), 2013
1:54.18 … Isaac Clark (Pleasantville), 2012
1:54.22 … Murad Campbell (Overbrook), 1998
1:54.54 … Jacob Clark (Pleasantville), 2012
1:54.9 … Rondell Braxton (Highland), 1992
1:54.9 … Mark Davis (Highland), 1996
1:54.92 … Rob Novak (Bordentown), 2004
1:55.03 … Tivo Rivera (Kingsway), 2011
1:55.13 … Kevin Cianfarini (West Deptford), 2014
1:55.15 … Riley (Willingboro), 1997
1:55.20 … Joe Lewis (Pleasantville), 1998
1:55.25 … Ishmael Muhammad (Oakcrest), 2013
1:55.3 … Jaja Fisher (Cherokee), 1993
1:55.3 … John Keevey (Cinnaminson), 1992
1:55.53 … Aaron Johnson (Oakcrest), 2009
1:55.55 … Ryan Garvin (Lenape), 2008
1:55.5 … Marc Pelerin (Cherokee), 2001
1:55.7 … Nelson Cresson (Delsea), 1995
1:55.81 … Robert Edwards (Bridgeton), 2002
1:55.97 … Ford Palmer (Absegami), 2008
1:56.0 … Zach McBride (Lenape), 2001

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