Luke Colehower raced his way into the all-time South Jersey indoor 400-meter dash top-10 this weekend with a blazing 48.75 to win the featured “Varsity Red” 400 at the Ocean Breeze Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.
Colehower also blazed his way onto the all-time South Jersey indoor 200 list and now leads the state in both sprints. More on that below.
Colehower, a Haddonfield sophomore, lowered his indoor PR from 49.44, which he ran at last year’s Meet of Champions, where he placed a close second to Mike Zupko of CBA. His overall PR is a 48.31 to win the Camden County Championships small-school race at Haddon Township last May.
His time is No. 7 in South Jersey history and fastest since Alex Reber of Cherry Hill East ran 48.50 in 2013. Taylor McLaughlin of Union Catholic ran 48.75 as a sophomore in 2011.
Colehower edged South Brunswick senior Harmodio Cruz, who was second in 48.82. Those are the top two times in New Jersey this year.
Here is the updated all-time South Jersey indoor 400 list:
48.27 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
48.36 … Mohammad Kanu [Lenape], 2000
48.50 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2013
48.55 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1995
48.64 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2010
48.68 … Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991
48.75 … Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017
48.84h … Curt Mcintyre [Bridgeton], 1992
48.84h … John Morris [Camden], 2001
48.91 … Marlin Gross [Bridgeton], 2001
48.91 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
The last New Jersey sophomore to run faster was Reber, whose 48.50 came his sophomore year at New Balance Indoors at the Armory.
According to the MileSplit USA database, Colehower is the No. 3 sophomore in the country, behind only Brian Herron of Lakeside High in DeKalb, Ga., who ran 48.08 at the Hoover Alumni Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., in December; and James Flournoy of Michigan, who ran 48.44 at a meet at Saginaw Valley State last week.
Flournoy is listed as unattached, so he apparently does not run for his high school program. It’s unclear what high school he actually attends.
Colehower also ran 22.02 for fifth in the 200-meter dash final (after a 22.03 in the trials). Colehower’s 200 time is No. 2 in New Jersey this year, behind Semaj Willis of Trenton, who ran 21.97 at the Mercer County Championships at the Lavino Fieldhouse in Lawrenceville.
The 200 isn’t run very often indoors because of lane inequities, but here is a look at the South Jersey indoor top-10:
21.53 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012
21.62 … Todd Dutch [Washington Twp.], 2001
21.7h … A.J. Burton [West Deptford], 2006
21.85 … Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991
21.86 … Antonio Abney [Willingboro], 2007
21.89 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
21.91 … Sterling Pierce [Rancocas Valley], 2015
21.96 … Mike Bolling [Willingboro], 2001
22.02 … Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017
Looks like Colehower and Lamont Smith, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, are the only guys who are on both the 200 and 400 lists.
The last New Jersey soph to run faster at 200 meters indoors was Zamir Thomas of Snyder, who ran 21.90 in 2009.
Colehower is also No. 3 soph nationally behind Herron and Charles Lewis of Sparkman High in in Alabama, who went 1-2 at the Hoover Invite in 21.22 and 21.31.
Before Saturday, Colehower’s indoor 200 PR was a 23.43 from a SJTCA meet last year at the Bennett Center. The 22.02 is an overall PR. His outdoor best time is a 22.27 from the Haddonfield Invite last May.