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.

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