Davidson becomes 11th Boro hurdler under 54! Is any other school close?

When Willingboro senior Tyler Davidson won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the state Group 3 meet this past weekend, he became the 11th Willingboro runner to break 54 seconds in the event. Really, the 12th. We’ll explain later.

Hard to imagine that’s not a state record.

Davidson ran a personal-best 53.35, which makes him the No. 3 seed in the 48th annual Meet of Champions, scheduled for Wednesday evening at Central Regional in Bayville. His previous best was 53.98 at the Carl Lewis Relays on his home track last month.

Davidson was also third in the 400 (48.43) and second in the 800 (1:55.50) and ran a leg on the Chimeras’ second-place 4-by-4 relay team, which ran 3:20.41.

That means Davidson had a hand in 32 of Willingboro’s 48 total points, or enough to single-handled place fifth in the Group 2 team standings. With 48 points, Boro placed a very strong third, behind only River Dell (63) and Matawan (51).

As for Davidson, he’s now Willingboro’s fifth-fastest intermediate hurdler ever and fastest in 13 years, since Mike Morrison won states in 52.71 and the late Shareef Muhammad won the Meet of Champions in 52.92. Morrison, who had only run the intermediates for team points at states, focused on the long jump and high jump at the Meet of Champions, winning the high jump and taking second in the long jump.

Here’s a look at all of Willingboro’s sub-54 intermediate hurdlers, starting with Marc Dickerson in 1979. We also included Chauncey Lamar of long-shuttered Kennedy, since JFK was in Willingboro, and if Lamar ran today he’d be at Willingboro.

  • 52.89 … Devon Patton, 1990
  • 52.71 … Mike Morrison, 2003
  • 52.92 … Shareef Muhammad, 2003
  • 53.14 … Michael Bolling, 2000
  • 53.35 … Tyler Davidson, 2016
  • 53.1h … Darryl Merriman, 1982
  • 53.5 ….. Marc Dickerson, 1979
  • 53.63 … Dwayne Joseph, 2004
  • 53.79 … Brandon Hill, 2013
  • 53.86 … Kenny Brosier, 2015
  • 53.7h … Chauncey Lamar, 1978 [JFK]
  • 53.92 … Gerard Reynolds, 1990

And a list of every Willingboro boy who’s won a state title in the intermediates. This is the first time since 1989 and 1990 a Boro hurdler has won a state intermediates title in consecutive years:

  • 1979 – Marc Dickerson, Group 4 (38.6) [330 yards]
  • 1982 – Darryl Merriman, Group 4 (53.1)
  • 1989 – Gerard Reynolds, Group 4 (54.0)
  • 1990 – Gerard Reynolds, Group 4 (53.92)
  • 1990 – Devon Patton, Meet of Champions (52.89)
  • 1994 – Kenyon Reid, Group 4 (54.48)
  • 2000 – Michael Bolling, Meet of Champs (53.60)
  • 2015 – Kenny Brosier, Group 2 (53.86)
  • 2016 – Tyler Davidson, Group 2 (53.35)

Here’s a look at the top 10 seeds for the intermediates at the Meet of Champions:

52.57 – Cory Poole [East Orange ]
53.30 -Maxwell Dickens [Paul VI]
53.35 -Tyler Davidson [Willingboro]
53.52 -Eric Moul [North Hunterdon]
53.98 -Anthony Steets [West Essex]
54.12 -Anthony Okolo [Union]
54.15 – Jason Stefanski [Penns Grove]
54.15 – Jamil Adams [Winslow Twp.]
54.26 – James Jean [Weequahic]
54.44 – Ihmir Marsette [Weequahic]

And how about an all-time Meet of Champions performance list for the 400 intermediates? You don’t find this stuff anywhere else! Here’s everybody who’s ever run 52.50 or faster at the Meet of Champs!

  • 51.14 … Dwight Ruff (Camden), 2001 [1st]
  • 51.39 … Reuben McCoy (Winslow), 2004 [1st]
  • 51.55 … Justin Gaymon (Phillipsburg), 2005 [1st]
  • 51.62 … Fred Sharpe (Paulsboro), 1997 [1st]
  • 51.92 … Anthony Hampton (Englewood), 1994 [1st]
  • 51.93 … Taylor McLaughlin (Union Catholic), 2015 [1st]
  • 52.0h … Craig Morris (Monmouth), 1980 [1st]
  • 52.07 … Azim Smith (Millville), 2001 [2nd]
  • 52.09 … Mark Cooke (J.P. Stevens), 2014 [1st]
  • 52.16 … Vince Rawlins (Eastern), 1992 [1st]
  • 52.2 h… Martin Booker (Camden), 1981 [1st]
  • 52.27 … Tiquan Underwood (Notre Dame 2005 [2nd]
  • 52.35 … Jermaine Collier (Trenton), 2012 [1st]
  • 52.37 … Anthony Hampton (Englewood), 1993 [1st]
  • 52.43 … Dylan Capwell (Hopatcong), 2013 [1st]
  • 52.38 … Jim Orrange (Marlboro), 1986 [1st]
  • 52.4h … Mike Horrisberger (CBA), 1983 [1st]
  • 52.44 … Emanuel Mayers (Lakewood), 2007 [1st]
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