Haddonfield soph Luke Colehower speeds to historic 22.02 / 48.75 double at Ocean Breeze Invite!!!!!

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.


R.V. runs 3:34.86 sprint medley, #5 in U.S. and #12 in S.J. history!!!

Rancocas Valley’s Samuel Keleekai, Brandon Boggs, Brian Merman and Jacob Tyndall  ran 3:34.86 in the sprint medley at the Group 4 states relays at the Bennett Center, moving the Red Devils into the No. 12 spot on the all-time South Jersey list and the No. 5 spot in the U.S. this year.

Keleekai led off with a 51.8 for 400 meters and Boggs and Merriman ran 22.4 and 22.8 for their one-lap legs. Tyndale anchored in 1:57.9.

Trenton won the race in 3:34.50, No. 3 in the U.S. With Old Bridge third in 3:35.04, East Orange fourth in 3:36.67, Egg Harbor Township fifth in 3:37.72 and Marlboro sixth in 3:37.89, the race also produced the No. 6, 14, 17 and 19 times nationally so far this winter.

Rancocas Valley set its school record of 3:32.36 at nationals last year, fastest time by a South Jersey school in seven years.

Here’s the all-time indoor South Jersey performance list, with all times under 3:36:

  • 3:27.60 … Vineland, 2003
  • 3:29.07 … Washington Twp., 2009
  • 3:30.01 … Cherokee, 2002
  • 3:30.45 … Lenape, 2001
  • 3:31.73 … Vineland, 2004
  • 3:32.36 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
  • 3:32.90 … Washington Twp., 2010
  • 3:33.22 … Pleasantville, 2012
  • 3:33.99 … Pleasantville, 2007
  • 3:34.12 … Absegami, 2010
  • 3:34.64 … Pleasantville, 2002
  • 3:34.86 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
  • 3:34.88 … Vineland, 2002
  • 3:34.96 … Bordentown, 2005
  • 3:35.0 ….. Edgewood, 1986
  • 3:35.76 … Vineland, 2013
  • 3:35.86 … Rancocas Valley, 2015

RV’s overall school record is a 3:29.72 at the 2005 nationals in Greensboro, N.C. That was good for eighth place overall out of an unseeded heat and earned the Red Devils All-America honors.

Rancocas Valley finished third at the state relays with 30 points, trailing only South Brunswick (48) and Randolph (36).

R.V. won the shot put relay with Maurice Johnson throwing 50-11 and Tariq Hills 48-1 1/4. Boggs, Keleekai, TreShaun Lott and Merriman were third in the 800-meter relay (1:33.38), Boggs, Vincent Brown, Keleekai and Merman ran 3:27.79 for fourth in the 1,600 relay, Liam Alderman, Micah Wood, Aliyy Haqq and Malcolm Stanley ran 31.78 for fourth in the shuttles.

South Jersey grads Corgliano, Daniels go 1-2 over loaded field in Penn State National 5,000!!!!!

Long-time South Jersey rivals Lou Corgliano of Hammonton, now a junior running for Maryland, and Jimmy Daniels of Sterling, now a senior at St. Joe’s, met up again Friday and ran 1-2 in the 5,000-meter run at the Penn State National Invitational on the Horace Ashenfelter track in State College.

Corgliano won in 14:50.42 and Daniels was 10 meters behind in 14:52.20.

The time was an indoor PR for Daniels, whose previous under-cover best was a 15:00.34 at the NYC Gotham Cup at the Ocean Breeze complex on Staten Island on Jan. 22, 2016. Daniels just missed his overall PR of 14:49.81 set outdoors at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., on April 4, 2014.

Corgliano has a 5,000 PR of 14:34.37 from the 2015 Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton and has an indoor 5,000 PR of 14:47.05 last January at the Great Dane Classic, also at the Ocean Breeze track.


Cherokee grad Woodard unloads indoor shot put PR, now ranked #6 in NCAA

Jessica Woodard bombed a throw of 56-6 1/2 to set an indoor personal-best at the Mark Colligan Memorial Invitational at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. That currently ranks her No. 6 in Division 1 and No. 20 among U.S. women.

Woodard opened with a 50-9 1/4 and a foul before hitting the PR on her third throw. She followed with a foul, a 54-9 3/4 and another foul. Not her most consistent series ever, but it did land her an indoor PR.

Woodard’s previous indoor best throw in the shot was a 55-10 3/4 last march at the indoor NCAA championships at the Birmingham (Ala.) Metro Trossplex. She earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish.

Her outdoor PR is 58-7 3/4, which got her third in last year’s outdoor NCAA nationals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Woodard also has a discus PR of 177-9 3/4, set at the Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth this past May.

Woodard also placed fourth in the weight throw in Lincoln with a 59-5 1/4. Her PR is 62-10 3/4.

Timber Creek girls record highest score in Group 3 state relays history!!!!!

Timber Creek was competing with Winslow Township at the Group 3 state relays this weekend. The Chargers were also competing with the 1992 Franklin Township girls track team.

It was clear early on that Timber Creek and Winslow Township were going to battle for the team title. What wasn’t so clear was whether either could catch the 25-year-old meet scoring record.

Timber Creek won three events, placed second in two and third in another and matched Franklin Township in 1992 with 52 points, most in State Relays Group 3 history.

The Chargers also became the first to repeat in Group 3 since Willingboro won four in a row from 2002 through 2005.

Timber Creek outscored Camden County rival Winslow 52-44, with nobody else close. Here are the highest team scores in meet history. As you can see, Winslow’s 44 points ties the highest non-winning point total ever with Red Bank’s 44 in 2001.

52 … Franklin, 1992 [1st]
50 … Willingboro, 2002 [1st]
48 … Woodrow Wilson, 2001 [1st]
47 … Kingsway, 2014 [1st]
46 … Willingboro, 2005 [1st]
46 … Roxbury, 1999 [1st]
46 … Middletown South, 1998 [1st]
45 … Willingboro, 2003 [1st]
44 … Willingboro, 2004 [1st]
44 … Winslow, 2017 [2nd]
44 … Red Bank, 2001 [2nd]
42 … Winslow, 2014 [2nd]
41 … Woodrow Wilson, 2000 [1st]

OK, let’s get to how Timber Creek got to 52 points. Senior Cheyenne Sovae-Beattie, freshman Tierra Hooker and senior Kai Starnes were all part of two first-place teams. Starnes and Hooker also picked up one second-place medal each.

Let’s take a look event-by-event:

1,600-METER RELAY: Adai and Kai Starnes, senior Sarina Jones and Sovae-Beattie combined to run a season-best 4:01.07, which broke the meet record of 4:01.53 set in 1998 by Willingboro. The time is No. 3 in the state this year and appears to be an indoor school record for Timber Creek.

SPRINT MEDLEY: Sovae-Beattie, senior Janiyah Davis-Hines, Hooker and senior Alyssa Condell teamed up to win in 4:19.35, No. 8 in the state so far this year and No. 4 in South Jersey.

HIGH JUMP RELAY: Hooker cleared 5-4 and Kai Starnes 5-2 for a total of 10-6. That’s just two inches off the meet record of 10-8 set in 2004 by Mount Olive. Hooker has already cleared 5-6 this year, which ties her for the No. 1 mark in New Jersey. Starnes has a PR of 5-4.

800-METER RELAY: Davis-Hines, senior Sarina Jones, Kai Starnes and Adia Starnes ran 1:45.29, finishing second, just behind Winslow at 1:44.15. Winslow is already No. 1 NJ and No. 9 nationally at 1:41.45 at the New Balance Games. Timber Creek’s 1:45.29 is No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state this year.

SHUTTLE HURDLES: Close finish, with Winslow edging Timber Creek 32.57 to 32.85. Davis-Hines, senior Jarline Gonzalez, junior Azhanee Johnson and Hooker ran the four 51 1/2-meter legs for the Chargers.

DISTANCE MEDLEY: Senior Alexa Clark, Adia Starnes, freshman Alexandra Hauer and Condell combined to run 12:35.98 for third. That’s a school record indoors or outdoors, No. 10 in the state this year and No. 5 in South Jersey.


Chimera boys deliver 58th state team title back to Willingboro! Yes, 58 state team champions!!!!!!!

Sophomore Jayaire King ran on three winning teams, and seniors George Milton, DeVon Watson, Jahaad Beckford and Rico Patterson contributed to first-place teams each Saturday as Willingboro destroyed the field in the Group 1 state relays at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Willingboro scored 52 points, and if you split that in half the Chimeras would have placed third and fourth.

For those of you who may not keep track of this stuff, that’s Willingboro’s 16th state relays title and 39th overall state title for the boys. Add that to 19 state team titles by the Willingboro girls indoors and out, and that’s an incredible 58 state team championships for the Chimeras in the program’s history.

Willingboro placed third or better in six of eight events to pile up 52 points and finish 28 points ahead of second-place McNair Academic.

The 52 points are the most by a Group 1 state relays champ since Metuchen scored 59 in 2003. The only other higher score in Group 1 history belongs to Haddonfield with 56 1/2 points in 2001.

King teamed with Milton, Watson and Hines to run 1:33.41 and win the 800-meter relay. Beck ford, King, soph Cristian Coto and Milton ran 3:31.74 to win the 1,600-meter relay, Beckford, King, Patterson and Watson ran 31.21 for first in the shuttle hurdles and Patterson (6-0) and O’Ryan Turner (5-10) combined to win the high jump relay at 11-10.

Willingboro was also third in both the sprint medley (Watson, Aaron Cooper, Oneja Howell, Milton) and shot put relay (Samuel Marcel, Justin McMaster).

That shuttle hurdles team just missed the meet record of 31.00 set in 2007 by Abraham Clark of Roselle.

King is Willingboro’s first sophomore to win three gold medals at the state relays in 23 years, since Luis Martinez was on the winning 4-by-2, 4-by-4 and sprint medley teams at Jadwin Gym in 1994.

Congrats also to the Willingboro girls, who won the 800-meter relay and high jump relay and finished fourth overall Saturday with 26 points but just one point out of second! The Willingboro girls hadn’t scored a single point at the state relays since 2012!!!

Now on to the lists!

Here is a list of every state team title the Willingboro program has ever won, 58 in all. That is a lot of victory laps!!!

State Relays (15)
1982 [Group 4]
1983 [Group 4]
1985 [Group 3]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1996 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2001 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 3]
2015 [Group 1]
2017 [Group 1]

Indoor States (12)
1983 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 2]

Outdoor States (12)
1979 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1994 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]

State Relays (9)
1992 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2010 [Group 2]

Indoor States (6)
1980 [All-Groups]
1981 [Group 4]
1998 [Goup 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [Group 3]

Outdoor States (4)
1980 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1999 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]

Kollock, Taylor turn in insanely fast performances in Millrose 55 trials!!!!!

Welcome to indoor track, Iyanla Kollock.

Kollock, a junior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, turned in an astonishing indoor big-meet debut Wednesday when she ran 7.03 to win the 55-meter dash at the Millrose Games Trials at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

Kollock edged defending indoor Meet of Champions winner Aliyah Taylor – then of Pemberton, now of Rancocas Valley – who also ran 7.03.

The two South Jersey girls share a No. 7 U.S. ranking in the wake of their remarkable showdown.

Taylor actually ran faster in the Millrose Trials than at any point in her remarkable sophomore year. Her previous PR was 7.04, set when she won the Meet of Champions last winter. She also had a 7.08 to her credit from placing second at Easterns.

For Kollock, this was only her second indoor meet on record. She raced the 55 at the Demarest Invitational at the Bubble in Toms River, running 7.20 in the trials and 7.26 unpressed in the finals. She also ran 42.98 in the 300.

This was a classic battle between two juniors who now share the No. 7 spot on the all-time South Jersey list.

The FAT camera had Kollock in 7.022 and Taylor in 7.024, which is a virtual dead heat. They were separated by 2-1,000ths of a second, which is about 6-10ths of an inch!

With the win, Kollock earned a lane in the high school 55-meter dash championships at the 110th Millrose Games Feb. 11 back at the Armory.

In the prelims, Kollock ran 7.14 and Taylor 7.22. In the final, Kollock broke the Gloucester County record of 7.07 set in 2009 by Audrey Wilson of Deptford.

OLMA is located in extreme southern Franklin Township, about half a block east of the borough of Newfield  and a block west of Buena Vista Township, which is in Atlantic County.

Taylor’s time si third-fastest in Burlington County history, behind Michelle Glover of Willingboro, who ran 6.73 in 1981, and Amandi Rhett, who ran 7.00 in 2000.

Here is the updated all-time South Jersey list, with Kollock and Taylor sharing the No. 7 spot. Can they join Glover, Dunlap, Gardner, Robinson and Mitchell in the sub-7 club? We will see soon!


  • 6.73 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1981
  • 6.88 … Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979
  • 6.91 … English Gardner (Eastern), 2010
  • 6.95 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.), 2014
  • 6.95 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983
  • 7.00 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000
  • 7.03 … Iyanli Kollock (Our Lady of Mercy), 2017
  • 7.03 … Aliyah Taylor (Rancocas Valley), 2017
  • 7.05 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996
  • 7.07 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012
  • 7.07 … Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2009
  • 7.07 … Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 1999
  • 7.07 … Angela Clyburn (Egg Harbor Twp.), 1991
  • 7.09 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow Twp.), 2012
  • 7.09 … Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
  • 7.11 … Jamie Walker (Haddon Hts.), 2006
  • 7.12 … Assante Johnson (Camden), 2009
  • 7.12 … Bria Mack (Williamstown), 2016
  • 7.14 … Shonda Burroughs (Vineland), 1999
  • 7.17 … Nia Lawrence (Pemberton), 2013
  • 7.17 … Kiara Lester (Deptford), 2014
  • 7.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
  • 7.18 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1997
  • 7.19 … Latoya Benson (Washington Twp.), 2001
  • 7.20 … Medina Salaam (Camden), 1974
  • 7.20 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
  • 7.20 … Fametta Lewis (Wilson), 2007
  • 7.20 … Tacquaya Tobias (Our Lady of Mercy), 2010
  • 7.20 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
  • 7.20 … Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011

Kollock was South Jersey Parochial B champ in the 100 (12.41) and 200 (25.73) last spring and state champ in the 200 (25.57). She raced only the 200 at Meet of Champions and medaled in sixth place with a PR 25.32.

Taylor last spring ran 12.08 and 25.40 to win Central Jersey Group 3 in the 100 and 200 but was injured late in the season and did not compete at Meet of Champs, even though she did qualify.

Gotta take a look at the all-time New Jersey list while we’re at it. We just updated it, and Kollock and Taylor are already in the top-20 all-time, tied at the No. 17 spot.

  • 6.73 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1981
  • 6.79 … Wendy Vereen (Trenton), 1984
  • 6.84 … Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic), 2012
  • 6.87 … Aleah Williams (Montclair), 1998
  • 6.88 … Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979
  • 6.91 … English Gardner (Eastern), 2010
  • 6.92 … Dominique Booker (Immaculate Conception), 2010
  • 6.93 … Ogechi Nwaneri (Chatham), 2008
  • 6.94 … Stephanie Saleem (Neptune), 1985
  • 6.95 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.), 2014
  • 6.95 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983
  • 6.97 … Melisa Barber (Montclair), 1998
  • 6.97 … Jenna Harris (Franklin Twp.), 2003
  • 7.00 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000
  • 7.00 … Daisha Bisiolu (Union), 2015
  • 7.03 … Iyanli Kollock (Our Lady of Mercy), 2017
  • 7.03 … Aliyah Taylor (Rancocas Valley), 2017
  • 7.05 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996
  • 7.05 … Pat Hudson (North Hunterdon), 1982
  • 7.05 … Regina Trotter (Weequahic), 1991
  • 7.06 … Clair Connor (Rahway), 1984
  • 7.07 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012
  • 7.07 … Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2009
  • 7.07 … Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 1999
  • 7.07 … Cathy Crawford (Perth Amboy), 1977
  • 7.07 … Angela Clyburn (Egg Harbor Twp.), 1991
  • 7.09 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow Twp.), 2012
  • 7.09 … Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
  • 7.09 … Darien Pigott (West Orange), 2004
  • 7.09 … Georgia Nembhard (Ocean Twp.), 2007
  • 7.09 … Jordyn Smith (Paramus Catholic), 2012
  • 7.10 … Amari Hartsfield (Sayreville), 2012
  • 7.10 … Songra Brandman (Freehold Borough), 2010
  • 7.10 … Shanda Jackson (East Orange), 2004

This is the first time since 2010 that two New Jersey girls have run 7.03 or faster the same year. In 2000, it was Olympian English Gardner of Eastern and Myasia Jacobs of Paramus Catholic, who went 1-2 at Easterns in 6.91 and 6.93.

It’s the first ever two South Jersey girls have run 7.03 or faster the same year, much less in the same race!

Historic stuff from Kollock and Taylor. And the season is just getting started!

Winslow girls smoke the field with a 3:57 to earn a lane in 110th annual Millrose Games Suburban 4×4!!!

Juniors Flora Ahiarakwe and Shakira Dancy both ran sub-58 splits, and the Winslow Township girls roared to a Millrose Games qualifier in the Suburban 1,600-meter relay at the Millrose Trials at the Armory on Wednesday.

Winslow won its race in 3:57.71 and wound up with the top overall time in the various unseeded heats, with North Rockland of New York 1-100th of a second back in 3:57.72 in the previous heat.

Senior Iyianna Williams led off for Winslow with a 60.2, with Ahiarakwe next in 57.3. Junior Maryn Hess split 1:02.5, and Dancy anchored in 57.8.

Winslow’s time is No. 1 by a New Jersey school this year and No. 6 nationally. It’s also not far off the 3:57.05 Winslow ran at New Balance Nationals last year, which was the fastest by a South Jersey school in 2016.

Dancy won the 200 last spring at the Meet of Champions and placed second to Olympian Sydney McLaughlin in the 400.

Williams, Ahiarakwe and Dancy all ran on the Eagles’ winning 4-by-1 team and second-place 4-by-4 team at Meet of Champions last year.

Th 110th annual Millrose Games are scheduled for Feb. 11 at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

Winslow’s fastest previous time this winter was a 4:04.47 at one of the South Jersey Track Coaches Association meets at the Bubble in Toms River. Their time is fastest by a South Jersey school since Kingsway ran 3:56.54 in 2014 at nationals.

Rancocas Valley nearly broke 4:00, with Shauna Nuss, Sydne Nance, Nora Strittmatter and Aliyah Taylor running 4:01.60.

Taylor, the 55-meter dash Meet of Champions winner a year ago for Pemberton, is beginning her first year at Rancocas Valley. Nance (58.9) and Taylor (58.3) both broke 59 seconds for the Red Devils.

Pennsauken’s Booker off to fast start as indoor season kicks into gear!

Now a senior, Pennsauken’s Martin Booker is off to a hot start this winter, with a near-PR 6.55 and a PR 22.54 double-win in an early season South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at the Bubble in Toms River.

Booker’s PR in the 55-meter dash is 6.49 at last year’s state group 3 meet, so he’s already only 6-100ths of a second off his PR very early this winter.

Booker’s 55 time is No. 1 in South Jersey in the early going this winter and No. 4 in New Jersey. His 200 is No. 1 in New Jersey.

His previous indoor PR in the 200 was a 22.55 that earned him second in the Meet of Champions last winter behind Thomas Kalieta Jr. of Matawan (who was in a different section of the race).

The 200 of course is a completely different race indoors and out. Indoors, much depends on lane assignment. Booker’s outdoor PR at 200 meters is 21.72, second in the outdoor Meet of Champions, again behind Kalieta Jr.

At the Hispanic Games at the Armory in New York on Saturday, Booker was back at work, anchoring Pennsauken to a fifth place in 1:31.37 in a loaded field. Pennsauken ran slightly faster, 1:31.23, in the prelims, the No. 1 time in the state this year and No. 8 nationally.

Booker also ran the open 200 at the Hispanic Games, running slightly faster in the prelims (22.57) than the final (22.65).