Clark and Groff are latest to join the elite South Jersey sub-9:08 Club!!!

It’s a club that doesn’t allow very many members, but Highland’s Josh Clark and Cherry Hill East’s Aaron Groff both joined the elite South Jersey Sub-9:08 Club at the Meet of Champions Wednesday night at Central Regional in Wayville.

Clark and Groff placed second and third in 9:06.70 and 9:07.42 behind Matt Grossman of Millburn, who won in 9:06.25, leading eight runners under 9:12.

Clark and Groff both made their way into the all-time South Jersey Top 20. Clark’s time is fastest by a Highland runner in 37 years, since Jerry Andrews ran 9:06.2 for a full two miles, which converts to 9:03.1 for 3,200 meters. Groff’s time is fastest ever by a Cherry Hill East runner.

Clark’s previous PR was 9:10.77 when he won the state Group 2 title. Groff’s was 9:13.46 when he was second in the state Group 4 meet.

First, let’s look at the all-time South jersey sub-9:08 list:

  • 8:55.61y ….. Murad Campbell (Overbrook), 1999
  • 8:59.55y ….. Mike Butynes (Sterling), 1972
  • 8:59.75y ….. Jason DeJoseph (Paul VI), 1987
  • 9:00.25y ….. Jim Smith (Haddonfield), 1980
  • 9:00.30 ……. Jimmy Daniels (Sterling), 2013
  • 9:01.84y ….. Mike Mantini (Gateway), 1979
  • 9:02.03y ….. Marc Pelerin (Cherokee), 2002
  • 9:02.92 ……. Luke Petela (Haddon Twp.), 2015
  • 9:03.03y ….. Jerry Andrews (Highland), 1979
  • 9:03.63y ….. Ed Blakeley (Haddon Twp.), 1975
  • 9:03.9h ……. Mike Elder (Haddon Twp.), 1979
  • 9:04.05 ……. Shawn Wilson (Cherokee), 2013
  • 9:04.94 ……. Louis Corgiano (Hammonton), 2014
  • 9:05.98 ……. Steve Maine (Highland), 2014
  • 9:06.11y ….. Greg Stremmel (Gatweway), 1974
  • 9:06.47 ……. Jonathan Vitez (Haddonfield), 2010
  • 9:06.70 ……. Joshua Clark (Highland), 2016
  • 9:07.03 ……. Greg Hughes (Mainland), 2004
  • 9:07.11 ……. Ron Faith (Paul VI), 1985
  • 9:07.2h ……. Kevin Pumphrey (Highland),  1986
  • 9:07.42 ……. Aaron Groff (Cherry Hill East), 2016
  • 9:07.7h ……. Marty Ludwikowski (Cherry Hill West), 1975

Eight of the top 19 times have been achieved since 2010, but the top four of Campbell, Butynes, DeJoseph and Smith has remained the same now for 17 years, which is incredible considering how fast two-milers have become.

As for Clark and Groff, they moved into the No. 17 and No. 21 spots, which is pretty impressive when you start looking at some of the names above them.

We also put together an all-time list of performances by South Jersey runners in the two-mile or 3,200 at the Meet of Champions, and Clark and Groff are even higher on that list — No. 10 and No. 14. We converted two-mile times using the MileSplit conversion calculator.

8:58.32 … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2015 [1st]
8:58.72 … Murad Campbell [Overbrook], 1999 [1st]
8:59.6h … Jason DiJoseph [Paul VI], 1987 [1st]
9:00.30 … Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013 [3rd]
9:03.1y … Jerry Andrews [Highland], 1979 [1st]
9:04.05 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee], 2013 [7th]
9:05.12 … Sean Macpherson [Sterling], 2015 [5th]
9:05.98 … Steve Maine [Highland], 2013 [9th]
9:06.47 … Jon Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010 [4th]
9:06.70 … Joshua Clark [Highland], 2016 [2nd]
9:07.0h … Ron Faith [Paul VI], 1985 [2nd]
9:07.6h … Jason DiJoseph [Paul VI], 1986 [1st]
9:07.10 ……. Campbell, 1998 [1st]
9:07.03 … Greg Hughes [Mainland Reg.], 2004 [2nd]
9:07.42 … Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016 [3rd]
9:07.6y … Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1971 [1st]
9:07.7y … Marty Ludwikowski [Cherry Hill West], 1975 [1st]
9:09.27 … David Forward [Shawnee], 2009 [6th]
9:09.80 … Todd Campbell [Cinnaminson], 2009 [8th]
9:10.17 … Urie Ridgeway [Bridgeton], 1989 [2nd]
9:10.28 ……. Forward, 2008 [4th]
9:11.48 … Michael Ungvarsky [Cinnaminson], 8th [2016]
9:11.81 … Pete Fixler [Vineland], 1992 [2nd]
9:12.3y … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978 [3rd]
9:12.60 … Mike Bowden [Northern Burlington], 2009 [10th]
9:14.01 ……. Clark, 2015 [7th]
9:14.98 … Jon Anderson [Cinnaminson], 2004 [3rd]

 

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One thought on “Clark and Groff are latest to join the elite South Jersey sub-9:08 Club!!!

  1. Linda June 15, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Hi Ruben in your article you stated that Clark was the fastest for Highland Regioal in 37 years. You failed to look at your own list where Steve Maine ran 9:05.9 and it wasn’t 2014 it was his Jr year 2013. He did not run the 3200 his senior year because he wanted to help his team try to win the 4×800. Yes Josh Clark is a nice runner but let’s not forget there was another runner before him that had way more competition then.

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