Haddonfield’s Colehower out-leans EHT’s Brock in wild MoC 400 finish!!!

A total of 2-100ths of a second separated sophomore Luke Colehower of Haddonfield from senior Amir Brock of Egg Harbor Township at the finish line of the 400-meter dash Saturday at the 49th annual Meet of Champions at the Bubble.

Colehower ran 49.17 and Brock was an eyelash back at 49.19.

That’s the difference of about six inches.

Colehower became Haddonfield’s first Meet of Champions winner since Jonathan Vitez won the 3,200 in 2010. The only other Haddonfield boys to win M-of-C titles are Jim Smith in the 3,000 in 1980 and Chris Platt in the 1,600 in 2003.

He’s also only the second South Jersey 400 winner at the indoor Meet of Champions in the last 16 years, joining Woodbury’s Darrell Bush in 2012.

Before that, South Jersey dominated the 400, winning the event 11 times during the 18-year span from 1990 through 2001, with Willingboro, Lenape, Edgewood and Bridgeton runners responsible for 10 of those 11 titles.

Here’s a list of all the South Jersey Meet of Champions winners in the indoor 400:

1981 – Kevin Overton [West Deptford] 50.1
1984 – Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood] 49.3
1985 – Brian Bennett [Edgewood] 49.5
1990 – William Mobley [Eastern] 49.80
1991 – Lamont Smith [Willingboro] 48.68
1992 – Curt McIntire [Bridgeton] 50.02
1994 – Royce Reed [Bridgeton] 50.06
1995 – Royce Reed [Bridgeton] 49.92
1998 – Rob Gary [Lenape] 49.53
1999 – Nick Brown [Bridgeton] 49.76
2000 – Mohamed Kanu [Lenape] 50.18
2001 – Marvin Lewis. Willingboro] 5013
2012 – Darrell Bush [Woodbury] 49.11
2017 – Luke Colehower [Haddonfield] 49.17

For Brock, the 49.19 is an indoor personal-best. He had run 49.31 at sectionals. He’s gone as fast as 48.49 outdoors.

The 49.19 also lowers his own Atlantic County indoor record and is the fourth-fastest non-winning time in meet history.

Colehower and Brock moved into the No. 14 and 15 spots on the all-time indoor Meet of Champions 400-meter dash performance list.

Here’s the updated list, with finish place listed.

48.26 – Zyaire Clemes [Trenton], 2013 [1]
48.33 – Taylor McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015 [1]
48.48 – Najee Glass [St. Peter’s Prep], 2011 [1]
48.50 – Lance Wigfall [East Orange], 2003 [1]
48.58 – Chinedu Amonu [Ewing], 2013 [2]
48.66 – Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991 [1]
48.77 – Nasir Haines [Freehold Twp.], 2015 [2]
48.92 – Charles Cox [Monmouth], 2007 [1]
49.04 – Leonard Robbins [East Brunswick], 2011 [2]
48.9h – Tony Valentine [Plainfield], 1983 [t]
49.0h – Dave Law [Snyder], 1973 [1]
49.11 – Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012 [1]
49.16 – Bryant McCombs [Old Bridge], 2006 [1]
49.17 – Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017 [1]
49.19 – Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017 [2]
49.29 – Devon Artis [Shabazz], 2011 [3]
49.31 – Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2011 [2]
49.31 – Clayton Gravesande [Franklin], 2010 [1]
49.32 – Dave Fields [Monmouth], 1989 [1]
49.33 – Andrew Burt [Lacey], 2009 [1]

Pennsauken’s Martin Booker (5th in 50.31) and Rancocas Valley’s Brian Merman (8th in 50.52) also placed in the 400 Saturday.

Booker came back to win the 200, with Colehower second. More on that race coming soon!

Saturday’s 1-2 South Jersey finish was the first in the 400 since that 2012 race, with Bush and Cherry Hill East’s Alex Reber going 1-2.

Finally, here’s the updated all-time South Jersey indoor list, with Colehower’s PR 48.75 from earlier this year and Brock moving into the No. 16 spot.

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
48.7h … Curt Mcintyre [Bridgeton], 1992
48.7h … John Morris [Camden], 2001
48.91 … Marlin Gross [Bridgeton], 2001
48.91 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
49.03 … Ian Moore [Lenape], 2001
49.05 … William Mobley [Eastern], 1990
49.11 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012
49.0h … Eric Chekemian [Washington Twp.], 2001
49.19 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
49.1h … Antonio Abney [Willingboro], 2007
49.24 … Duke Mack [Pleasantville], 2007
49.26 … Tim Carey [Washington Twp,], 2010

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