Winslow girls DESTROY South Jersey 800-Meter Relay record in trials at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

The quartet of juniors Flora Ahiarakwe and Shakira Dancy, sophomore Tionna Tobias and senior Iyianna Williams ran 1:39.94 Saturday in the 800-meter relay trials at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory, shattering a 17-year-old South Jersey record and advancing to the finals.

Winslow posted the sixth-fastest qualifying time, winning the fifth of six heats by about 2 1/2 seconds.

The previous South Jersey record of 1:40.77 was set by Amandi Rhett and Moorestown on the same track at Easterns in 2000.

The previous Camden County record was 1:41.14, set by Woodrow Wilson in 2006. Winslow’s previous school record was a 1:41.78 at nationals three years ago.

Winslow’s time is No. 5 in state history, behind two Columbia performances and one each by Union Catholic and Franklin Township.

The championship is scheduled for 12:55 p.m. Sunday. Heat sheets not yet available.

Here’s the all-time state indoor list, with every time under 1:43 and the meet it was accomplished where known.

1:38.99 … Columbia, 2014 [Millrose]
1:39.29 … Union Catholic, 2016 [Easterns]
1:39.37 … Columbia, 2011 [Nationals]
1:39.74 … Franklin, 2003 [Easterns]
1:39.94 … Winslow Twp., 2017 [Nationals]
1:39.94 … East Orange, 2007 [Easterns]
1:40.51 … Union Catholic, 2014 [Nationals]
1:40.67 … Union Catholic, 2017 [Easterns]
1:40.77 … Moorestown, 2000 [Easterns]
1:41.07 … Union Catholic, 2015 [Armory Invitational]
1:41.13 … Queen of Peace, 2003 []
1:41.14 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:41.19 … Camden, 2008 [Easterns]
1:41.28 … Woodrow Wilson, 2005 []
1:41.42 … Moorestown, 1999
1:41.43 … East Orange, 2004 []
1:41.59 … Lincoln, 1981 []
1:41.65 … Jackson, 2008 []
1:41.67 … Columbia, 2013 [Easterns]
1:41.67 … Franklin, 2005 []
1:41.70 … Willingboro, 2002[]
1:41.74 … Franklin, 2001 []
1:41.78 … Winslow Twp., 2014 [Nationals]
1:41.87 … Trenton, 1986 []
1:41.91 … Trenton, 1983 []
1:41.96 … Newark Central, 1983 []
1:41.97 … Columbia, 2012 [Easterns]
1:41.98 … Camden, 2009 [Easterns]
1:42.11 … Union, 2012 [Easterns]
1:42.15 … Columbia, 2010 ]Nationals]
1:42.40 … Columbia, 2015 [Nationals]
1:42.42 … Neptune, 2014 [Nationals]
1:42.45 … Deptford, 2015 [Easterns]
1:42.45 … Rancocas Valley, 2017 [Easterns]
1:42.49 … Winslow Twp., 2013 [Nationals]
1:42.52 … Piscataway, 2014 [Easterns]
1:42.99 … Newark Tech, 2012 [Nationals]


Check out what Cherokee grad Sarah Robbie of Rutgers did in the 800-meter finals at the ECAC championships!!!!!

C5jRbKTWQAAYJFa.jpgOne event, two fast races, an indoor and overall PR and an immensely rewarding trip to Boston for Sarah Robbie!

Robbie, a Rutgers junior, placed third in a loaded field Sunday at the IC4A Championships at Boston University with a time of 2:09.76, finishing just 1.05 seconds behind winner Nichelle Scott of Virginia Commonwealth, who ran 2:08.71.

It was a remarkable breakthrough weekend for the Cherokee High School graduate, who began her collegiate career at Towson.

Robbie came into the meet with an indoor PR of 2:10.34, which she ran at the Big 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio. That broke both her indoor PR of 2:12.04 from last winter and her overall PR of 2:11.28, set last spring in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.

Robbie nearly surpassed her overall PR in the trials, when she ran 2:10.44 and won the third of four sections, earning an automatic berth in the finals.

The final was very close, with the first five runners – all juniors – all finishing within 1.2 seconds:

2:08.71 … *Nichelle Scott [VCU]
2:09.71 … *Zoe Matherne [Holy Cross]
2:09.76 … *Sarah Robbie [Rutgers]
2:09.86 … *Katie Foley [U. Conn]
2:09.90 … *Claire Peabody [Brown]
2:10.84 … *Mae Thompson [FDU]
2:11.07 … Jennaya Hield [Maryland Eastern Shore]
2:14.62 … *Kelly Gorman [Manhattan]

Robbie’s time is No. 5 in Rutgers indoor track history:

2:07.07 … Jennifer Heggie, NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, 1994
2:08.35 … Amonica Phipps, ECAC Championships, Boston, 2005
2:08.37 … Lori McCauley, Vitalis Invitational, East Rutherford, 1983
2:08.7h … Kathleen Tisdale, EAIAW, Boston, 1983
2:09.76 … Sarah Robbi, ECAC, Boston, 2017

Robbie’s time is also No. 7 all-time at Rutgers indoors or outdoors:

2:06.59 … Dominique Sanon, NCAA Regionals, Greensboro, N.C., 2006
2:07.07i … Jennifer Heggie, NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, 1994
2:07.46 … Amonica Phipps, ECAC, Princeton, 2005
2:08.37i … Lori McCauley, Vitalis Invitational, East Rutherford, 1983
2:08.7h,i … Kathleen Tisdale, EAIAW, Boston, 1983
2:08.98 … Krista Dunbar, unknown, 1994
2:09.76i … Sarah Robbie, ECAC, Boston, 2017
2:09.85 … Elizabeth Graham, ECAC, Princeton, 2000

Robbie was a high school teammate of St. Joe’s senior Courtney Foster, who won the 400 at the ECAC meet Sunday. That story is here:

Robbie ran as fast as 2:19.64 at Cherokee, when she placed sixth at sectionals in 2013, her senior year. Her indoor PR was almost identical, a 2:19.66 when she took third at indoor sectionals.

She also ran the 400 intermediates a lot at Cherokee, taking third at outdoor sectionals as a senior and running as fast as 1:05.28.

Robbie and Foster both ran legs on Cherokee’s winning 1,600-meter relay team at the 2013 indoor Group 4 sectionals, teaming up with Kristen Visconti and Brittany King to run 4:02.23. She also ran on Cherokee’s school-record third-place 3:54.12 relay at Penn in 2013 with Foster, Visconti and King.


With two South Jersey runners in the lineup, Rider shatters school record in the 4-by-8 with 3rd-place at IC4As!

C6LhdVrUsAA0xaQ-1.jpgCherry Hill native Isaiah Jean-Baptiste and Florence native Scott Wood both ran legs Sunday on Rider’s school-record 3,200-meter relay team, which placed third at IC4As in Boston with a 7:32.83 and earned all-East honors.

Jean-Baptiste, from Cherry Hill East, and Wood, who graduated from Holy Cross, ran the first and third legs for Rider, whose time shattered the school record of 7:36.34 set two years ago at the same meet on the same track. Wood is the only runner who was on both teams.

Rider ran 7:40.54 with a slightly different lineup in Saturday’s trials — sophomore Dalin Hackley running instead of Jackson. They were a wild-card qualifier as one of the five-fastest non-winning times in three sections, but they only qualified by about 2 1/2 seconds.

But in the final, it was lights out.

Jean-Baptise led off in 1:55.13, followed by senior Jonathan Jackson with a hot 1:50.65 split, followed by Wood with a quick 1:52.70 and then sophomore Anthony Arduino with an 1:54.18 anchor. Jackson is from Roselle and Ardino from Bloomfield.

“The 4×800 ran a great, competitive race,” said Rider coach Bob Hamer, a former star at Council Rock High in Newtown, Pa.

“Breaking the Rider record and earning All-East honors were the two big goals for them coming in to this weekend.  Each of them did their job and that contributed to a great end result.”

Jean-Baptiste was Camden County champ last spring for Cherry Hill East and ran as fast as 1:54.59 for 800 meters and 4:16.76 and was Olympic Conference champ in the 1,600. His indoor PRs were 1:58.21 and 4:26.06.

Wood has progressed remarkably at Rider.

He ran as fast as 1:57.90 as a junior at Holy Cross when he placed fourth at the 2012 Burlington County Open at Maple Shade. But that was his only time under 1:59. His best as a senior was 1:59.90 when he won the BCSL meet at Northern Burlington. His indoor 800 PR was 2:03.60.

At Rider, Wood has just gotten better and better.

He ran 1:59.11 as a freshman, 1:57.87 as a sophomore and then broke through with a 1:53.81 at the 2016 Terrier Invitational in Boston last winter. His 1:52.70 split was a career-best.

“Scott Wood a great leg,” Hamer said. “He has come so far in four years, and he has run many really good relay legs for us, but today was his best.

“We have built a program on guys like Scott who come to Rider as an average high school runner and just continue to work hard and they end up accomplishing great things. Scott is an inspiration to so many on this team.”

The 4-by-8 is not an NCAA event and is not contested at most indoor meets, but nonetheless Rider’s time is No. 5 in the country this winter:

7:27.12 … U. Conn, March 5, IC4A
7:28.72 … Rutgers, March 5, IC4A
7:31.79 … Duke, , Feb. 4, Armory Invitational
7:32.73 … Villanova, Feb. 25, Big East
7:32.83 … Rider, March 5, IC4A
7:32.95 … Indiana, Jan. 21, Gladstein Invitational
7:33.28 … Princeton, Feb. 26, Ivy League
7:33.34 … Columbia, March 5, IC4A
7:34.03 … Bucknell, March 5, IC4A
7:34.99 … Rhode Island, March 5, IC4A
7:35.51 … Dartmouth, Feb. 26, Ivy League
7:35.51 … Albany, March 5, IC4A
7:35.58 … Harvard, Feb. 26, Ivy League
7:35.61 … Georgetown, Feb. 25, Big East

Cinnaminson grad Ryan Addlesberger moves from 7th to 3rd in IC4A shot with final-throw near-PR bomb!!!

qunhecuazmqgitl-20161210045724Manhattan sophomore Ryan Addlesberger, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, was sitting in seventh place in the shot put Sunday with a best throw of 54-9 3/4 at the IC4A Championships in Boston with one throw to go.

Addlesberger made the most of his final throw, uncorking a near-PR bomb of 56-4, passing four throwers and moving into third place, where he finished.

Addlesberger set his PR of 56-5 3/4 two weeks ago when he won the Metro Atlantic Championships at the 168th Street Armory.

It’s been a huge breakthrough indoor season for Addlesberger, whose best throw last indoor season was a 50- 1/2 for fifth at the MAC championships and outdoor was a 51-7 1/4 when he was third at the outdoor MAC meet at Rider in Lawrenceville.

But he PR’d immediately at the start of indoors with a 53-4 1/2 in December in a meet at West Point, N.Y., then extended it to 55-4 at a meet at Towson (Md.) University in January.

He surpassed 56 feet (and 17 meters) for the first time at a meet at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island later in January, then won his first conference title at the Armory with his 56-5 1/2.

Addlesberger has twice been named MAC Field Performer of the Week this season and has also been named ATAX Manhattan College Student-Athletes of the Week.

Using the 16-pound college and international shot, Addlesberger has already surpassed his high school PR, set with the lighter 12-pound shot. His best indoor throw at Cinnaminson was a 54-1 3/4 that won the 2015 state Group 1 title by nearly six feet.

His outdoor high school PR was a monster 57-5 1/4 at the 2015 Burlington County Open at Maple Shade. He went on to win the outdoor state Group 2 title and place fifth at Meet of Champions.

Cherokee grad Courtney Foster wins ECAC 400, shatters school record & becomes first St. Joe’s runner to win ECAC title in 31 years!!!!!

mrgxzxwctxuanye-20170208154959Cherokee alums are having a big day at the ECAC Championships at Boston University. We’ll get to Sarah Robbie and her 800 PR later, but for now we’ll focus on Robbie’s former Cherokee High School teammate, Courtney Foster.

Foster, a senior at St. Joe’s, ran an indoor-outdoor personal-best 54.96 to win the ECAC 400-meter dash title Sunday. Foster broke her own indoor school record of 55.42 set Saturday in the trials and surpassed her outdoor school record of 55.03, which she set at George Mason last spring.

Before Saturday, Foster’s indoor PR was 56.16, set on the same track at the same meet last year.

In Sunday’s final Foster out-raced Liberty freshman Tanner Ealum, who was second in 55.10.

Foster is the Hawks’ first ECAC individual champion in 26 years, since Donna Crumety won the triple jump in 1991. The last St. Joe’s runner to win an ECAC title was Elaine McGillian, who won the 1,500 in 1986.

In addition to now holding the St. Joe’s indoor and outdoor 400 records, Foster is on the Hawks’ school-record teams in the 4-by-400 and distance medley indoors and 4-by-4 and sprint medley outdoors.

Foster was a two-time Burlington County Open 400 champ at Cherokee, where she had a PR of 56.11 from a fifth-place at the 2013 Meet of Champions. She was Meet of Champions indoor runner-up in 2013 with an indoor high school PR of 57.37 behind Olivia Baker of Columbia’s 54.72. She was also a South Jersey Group 4 champ at 200 meters.

Rowan men roar to ECAC Division 3 team championship, more than doubling second-place Utica’s point total!!!

Highland graduate Jamil Jackson ran on the winning 4-by-4 and took 2nd in the 400 for Rowan

Rowan scored in 16 of 21 events and more than doubled second place Utica in winning the 2017 ECAC Division 3 track and field championships this weekend at Ithaca.

Rowan scored 18 points in the high jump, 17 in the high hurdles and 10 in the long jump and won the 800- and 1,600-meter relays to roar to its second straight team title at the ECAC Division 3 track championships in Ithaca, N.Y.

Eastern Regional graduate Jeffrey Jon Tucker won the high jump at 6-9 3/4 on a jump-off with teammate Harrison Escoffrey after both cleared 6-8; Dave Benjamin, Oakcrest grad Chase Toliver and Penns Grove alum Jason Stefanski placed 2-4-5; and Tucker went 23-10 to win the long jump by 1 1/4 inches over Stockton’s five-time All-America Jared Lewis out of Deptford in a battle of former Olympic Conference stars.

That’s 45 points in just the high jump, high hurdles and long jump. Rowan outscored second-place Utica 115-53.

The hurdles were huge. Peter Girardi of St. John Fischer won in 8.24, but Benjamin was second in 8.29, Toliver fourth in 8.40 and Stefanski, the freshman from Penns Grove, fifth in 8.45.

Rowan also swept the two short relays, with Dior Hightower (Paul VI), Steven Jones, Jonathan Ramirez and Benjamin running a meet-record 1:30.25 and Marquis Tabb (Pemberton), Ramirez, Walter Victor (Gloucester Township Tech) and Jamil Jackson (Highland) running 3:21.36, with Jackson anchoring in 49.2. The previous 4-by-2 meet record was a hand-timed 1:30.2 set in 2008 by Springfield.

In those five events, Rowan scored 65 points — enough to win the team title. Utica finished second with 53 points. The team title is Rowan’s second ever and second in a row.

DMR: Kevin Veltre, Jackson, Eldershaw and John Meyer scored eight points with a third-place finish in the DMR in 10:07.27. Venter led off with a 3:06.1 split, with Jackson running 48.9, Eldershaw splitting 1:56.0 and Meyer anchoring in 4:16.4.

60-METER DASH: Hightower also placed sixth in the 60-meter dash in 7.07, not far off his season-best of 7.01.


400-METER DASH: In addition to his duty on the 4-by-4 and DMR, Jackson placed second in the open 400 in a season-best 49.32. His previous fastest time this year was a 49.90.

800-METER RUN: Eldershaw ran 1:56.42 in the open 800 for seventh place.

1,000-METER RUN: Veltre ran 2:23.60 for second place in the 1,000. He finished just 36-100ths behind winner Erik Winberg of Utica.

MILE RUN: Meyer ran 4:23.71 for eighth place.

3,000-METER RUN: Dan Henry was sixth in 9:13.48.

5,000-METER RUN: Zachary Helm finished seventh in 15:21.64.

TRIPLE JUMP: Escoffery placed third in 47-2 1/4, just three inches off his own school record. Zaire Weaver wasn’t far behind, seventh with a personal-best 46-0.

Hammonton grad Bettis shatters 27-year-old Rowan 3,000-meter record in winning ECAC championship!!!

step0001-3What a tremendous performance Saturday by Rowan University senior Christin Bettis at the ECAC Division 3 championships!

Bettis, a Hammonton graduate, destroyed her own PR and shattered a Rowan University school record set 27 years ago in winning the 3,000 meters in the ECAC meet at Ithaca, N.Y.

Bettis ran 9:52.64, winning by 60 meters over Alicia Belko of Stockton University via Rancocas Valley Regional in a 1-2 South Jersey finish. Belko ran 10:05.30, about eight seconds faster than her previous PR of 10:13.26 set at the Armory last month.

Bettis, whose previous 3,000 PR was 10:12.61, set just two weeks ago at the NJAC indoor meet at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island, N.Y., broke the Rowan record of 10:08.28, set in 1990 by Linda Vaughan.

Her time ranks Bettis No. 12 nationally in NCAA Division 3.

Bettis wired the field Saturday. She was out in 35.8, with Denise Ibarra of host Ithaca, Sabrina Herrman of NYU and Belko alongside her and the rest of the field quickly stringing out.

Bettis and Belko lost Herrman on the seventh lap, and Bettis opened up a gap on Belko with a 40.6 10th lap.

She closed very strong, 36.6 for her final 200, 74.7 for her final 400 and 2:33.5 for her final 800. Her last four laps were all under 40 seconds.

As for Belko, she came up just short of the school record of 10:02.70, set last month by current teammate Cassandra Hrusko of Manchester Township High School, who won the mile Saturday and also ran the 800.

On Friday, Bettis split 4:56 to anchor Rowan’s distance medley, which placed third in 11:58.66 and qualified for the NCAA Division 3 championships. Jessalyn Wright ran the 1,200, Brianna Angellella the 400 and Claire Incantalupo the 800.

Rowan’s DMR time is No. 8 nationally in NCAA Division 3.

Bettis was a Cape-Atlantic 3,200 champ and South Jersey Group 3 sectional champ as a senior at Hammonton in 2012. She had an outdoor PR of 11:03.70 from the 2012 Cape-Atlantic meet but an overall PR of 10:53.4 hand-timed indoors at the 2012 Varsity Classic at the Armory.

For the sake of comparison, her 1,600 PR in high school was 5:13.01. And she essentially ran the same pace today for 3,000 meters (39.5 per lap) as her high school PR for a race nearly half as long (39.2 per lap).