Egg Harbor runs 7:48, annihilates the field and wins 4-by-800 at New Balance Nationals!!!

step0001-1With three legs under 1:57, Egg Harbor won the 3,200-meter relay at the New Balance National Championships at the Armory with a time of 7:48.92.

Senior anchor Eric Barnes held off St. Benedict’s anchor Alfred Chawonza, who split 1:51.16, and moved St. Benedict’s up from ninth to second in the 12-team seeded section.

Barnes split 1:56.58 after carries by seniors Robert Dessoye (2:00.05), Alex Dessoye (1:56.40) and Aidin Hendriks (1:55.89).

St. Benedict’s finished second in 7:50.48, 10 meters behind Egg Harbor. Second through sixth place all finished less than a second apart – from 7:50.48 through 7:51.41.

The Eagles are the first New Jersey school ever to win the 3,200-meter relay in the meet’s 19-year history.

South Jersey’s last winner on the boys side at indoor nationals is from another Cape-Atlantic school — Braheme Days of Bridgeton won the shot put in 2012 and 2013.

The last South Jersey school to win any relay at indoor nationals was Winslow, which won the 1,600-meter relay in 2004 — some 13 years ago.

Egg Harbor ran 7:47.27 last spring and had run 7:52.12 earlier this year, which was No. 6 in South Jersey indoor history. EHT moved up to No. 3 behind teams from Cherokee and Pleasantville. Here’s the all-time South Jersey indoor list:

7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012
7:45.55 … Pleasantville, 2013
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017
7:51.43 … Washington Twp., 2009
7:51.78 … Cherokee, 2000
7:52.77 … Pleasantville, 2006
7:52.95 … Willingboro, 2003
7:53.64 … Willingboro, 2002
7:54.76 … Pleasantville, 2007
7:55.40 … Washington Twp., 2008
7:55.44 … Haddonfield, 2010

The Eagles’ time is also No. 10 on the all-time South Jersey list, including marks achieved both indoors and outdoors. Here are all the times of 7:55 or faster. The list include just one time per year per school, whichever is faster:

7:40.71 … Pleasantville, 2013 [outdoors]
7:43.57 … Haddonfield, 2015 [outdoors]
7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012 [indoors]
7:47.27 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2016 [outdoors]
7:47.66 … Kingsway, 2011 [outdoors]
7:47.96 … Haddonfield, 2016 [outdoors]
7:48.16 … Kingsway, 2013 [outdoors]
7:48.25 … Vineland, 2012 [outdoors]
7:48.70 … Rancocas Valley, 2016 [outdoors]
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017 [indoors]
7:49.67 … Washington Twp., 2009 [outdoors]
7:49.85 … Cherokee, 2012 [outdoors]
7:50.87 … Haddonfield, 2014 [outdoors]
7:51.43 … Washington Twp., 2009 [indoors]
7:51.52 … Vineland, 2010 [outdoors]
7:51.78 … Cherokee, 2000 [indoors]
7:52.60 … Cherokee, 2011 [outdoors]
7:52.95 … Willingboro, 2003 [indoors]
7:52.77 … Pleasantville, 2006 [indoors]
7:53.64 … Willingboro, 2002 [indoors]
7:54.16 … Woodrow Wilson, 2011 [outdoors]
7:54.76 … Pleasantville, 2007 [indoors]
7:54.94 … Kingsway, 2014 [outdoors]
7:55.40 … Washington Twp., 2008 [indoors]
7:55.44 … Haddonfield, 2010 [indoors]

On the all-time state indoor list, Old Bridge moved into the No. 12 spot:

7:41.53 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2012
7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012
7:43.91 … Morris Hills, 2009
7:44.07 … Pope John XXIII, 2012
7:44.5h … Roselle Catholic, 1969
7:45.55 … Pleasantville, 2013
7:47.69 … Colts Neck, 2005
7:48.10 … Morris Hills, 2016
7:48.55 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2001
7:48.6h … Roselle Catholic, 1970
7:48.82 … Ridgewood, 2014
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor, 2017
7:49.23 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2013
7:49.31 … Old Bridge, 2015
7:49.70 … West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 2013
7:49.89 … South Brunswick, 2014
7:49.96 … Old Bridge, 2017

Here’s a list of all the 4-by-8 winners at indoor nationals:

1999 T.C. Williams, Alexandria, Va., 7:55.33
2000 John F. Kennedy, Bellmore, N.Y., 7:57.25
2001 North Penn, Lansdale, Pa., 7:56.55
2002 North Penn, Lansdale, Pa., 7:54.96
2003 West Springfield, Springfield, Va., 7:50.25
2004 Carmel, Ind., 7:54.20
2005 Syosset, N.Y., 7:53.80
2006 Mountain Brook, Ala., 7:53.32
2007 Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenbelt, Md., 7:55.66
2008 New Bern, N.C., 7:58.18
2009 Alebemarle, Charlottesville, Va., 7:36.99
2010 Shaker, Latham, N.Y., 7:48.45
2011 Abington, Pa., 7:45.21
2012 Boys and Girls, Brooklyn, N.Y., 7:41.10
2013 Bishop Kellenberg, Uniondale, N.Y., 7:45.24
2014 Chaminade, Mineola, N.Y., 7:40.80
2015 Davis, Kaysville, Utah, 7:42.19
2016 Coffman, Dublin, Ohio, 7:45.27
2017 Egg Harbor Twp., N.J., 7:48.92

Finally, here’s a list of all South Jersey winners in indoor nationals’ 19-year history:

BOYS
2001

Jamar Ervin [Camden], 60-Meter Dash, 6.83
Camden, 1,600-Meter Relay, 3:17.26
2002
Haddonfield, Four-Mile Relay, 18:02.51
2003
Vineland, 1,600-Meter Relay, 3:19.21
Vineland, Sprint Medley, 3:29.46
Mike Morrison [Willingboro], High Jump, 7-4 1/4
Mike Morrison [Willingboro], Long Jump, 24-0 3/4
2004
Winslow Twp., 1,600-Meter Relay, 3:22.16
2011
Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 60-meter dash, 6.74
2012
Braheme Days [Bridgeton], 68-10 3/4
2013
Braheme Days [Bridgeton], 66-7
2017
Egg Harbor Township, 3,200-Meter Relay, 7:48.92

GIRLS
2001

Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 4:51.15
2004
Danielle O’Reilly [Shawnee], 12-9 1/2
2005
Ocean City, Distance Medley, 12:12.22
2006
Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 8.36
2013
Winslow Township, 220-Meter Shuttle Hurdles, 32.45

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