Pennsauken blazes its way to all-time SJ #8 in 800-meter relay

Pennsauken knew after it ran 1:28.38 at the Woodbury Relays there was plenty of room for improvement.

On Monday, the Indians showed that improvement, winning a hot 4-by-200 at the Willingboro Relays that saw five schools run 1:31.08 or under.

Marquan Jones, Nahzir Russell, Braheem Whitfield and Martin Booker beat second-place Deptford by almost two seconds. Jones and Booker were also on the Pennsauken 4-by-2 team that won the Boro Relays last year.

Their time ranks No. 8 in South Jersey history and No. 2 in New Jersey, behind only Paul VI’s 1:27.37 to edge Pennsauken at Woodbury.

Paul VI did not race at either relay meet Monday and actually hasn’t run a 4-by-200 since Woodbury.

This is only the second time ever that two South Jersey schools have run 1:27-point the same year. In 2002, Winslow ran 1:27.84 and Camden 1:27.88.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey 4-by-200 list:

1:24.49 … Winslow Township, 2003
1:24.90 … Camden, 2004
1:26.05 … Camden, 2000
1:26.68 … Camden, 1997
1:27.38 … Paul VI, 2016
1:27.52 … Woodrow Wilson, 1996
1:27.66 … Oakcrest, 2011
1:27.68 … Pennsauken, 2016
1:27.69 … Oakcrest, 2012
1:27.74 … Pleasantville, 1994
1:27.75 … Willingboro, 2007
1:27.80 … Pleasantville, 1999
1:27.84 … Winslow Twp., 2002
1:27.88 … Camden, 2002
1:27.90 …Winslow Twp., 2008
1:27.96 … Williamstown, 2015

Here are the year-by-year 4-by-200 winners at the Willingboro Relay meet:

2003: Winslow Twp., 1:26.12
2004: Camden, 1:27.09
2005: Camden, 1:28.37
2006: Vineland, 1:28.9
2007: Willingboro, 1:28.13
2008: Winslow Twp., 1:28.8
2009: Neptune, 1:30.05
2010: Delsea, 1:28.62
2011: Oakcrest, 1:27.66
2012: Oakcrest, 1:28.17
2013: Willingboro, 1:29.91
2014: Camden, 1:31.87
2015: Pennsauken, 1:29.88
2016: Pennsauken, 1:27.68

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One thought on “Pennsauken blazes its way to all-time SJ #8 in 800-meter relay

  1. Dwight Love May 24, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Shocked to see a shore area based school winning a relay event in the southern part of NJ.

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