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.