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).