Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge races to 3rd place in Penn Relays 3,000 with all-time SJ #4 time!!!!!

Mainland Regional junior Alyssa Aldridge placed third in the Penn Relays high school girls 3,000-meter run Thursday with the fourth-fastest time in South Jersey history.

Aldridge ran 9:50.11, finishing behind only Jessica Lawson of Corning-Painted Post High in Corning, N.Y. (9:37.63) and Martha McDonald of Havergal College in Toronto, Ontario (9:42.10).

Her time is also No. 16 in state history and fastest by a South Jersey girl at Penn since Cherokee’s Megan Lacy ran 9:44.72 for fourth place in the 2012 race.

It’s also fastest by any New Jersey girl since Megan Durham of Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown ran 9:46.76 at the 2013 Penn Relays.

Aldridge’s previous 3,000 PR was 9:54.66 from last year’s Penn Relays.

Aldridge, the Meet of Champions and Foot Locker Regional champion this past fall in cross country, also has PRs of 4:55.83 for 1,600 meters, 10:34.78 for 3,200 meters, 17:24.43 for 5,000 meters on the track.

Here is the all-time South Jersey list, with all 10 girls under 10 minutes (eight of them in the last nine years):

9:40.23 …Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
9:44.72 …Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
9:45.83 …Megan Venables [Highland], 2010
9:50.11 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
9:53.19 …Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2009
9:55.0h …Theresa Cattuna [Cherry Hill East], 2007
9:50.95 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2016
9:57.12 …Dina Iacone  [Washington Twp.], 2012
9:57.9h …Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1981
9:59.5h …Deanna Germano [Shawnee], 1985
10:00.06 …Vanessa Wright (Haddonfield), 2005
10:00.4h …Kelly Foley (Haddonfield), 1981
10:00.6h …Dawn Cody (Paul VI), 1982
10:03.60 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
10:04.90 … Meghan Hughes [Moorestown], 2003

And here’s the all-time state list, including Meg Waldron, who set the state record 35 years ago and was at the meet this past weekend and saw Aldridge run:

9:33.7h …Meg Waldron (Bernards), 1981
9:37.15 …Kathleen McCafferty (Oak Knoll Academy), 2008
9:37.1h …Jodie Bilotta (North Hunterdon), 1987
9:37.91 …Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck), 2007
9:40.11 …Monal Chokshi (Bridgewater-(Raritan West), 1991
9:40.23 …Marielle Hall (Haddonfield), 2010
9:41.24 …Chris Constantin (Kittatinny), 1988
9:41.7h …Anne Letko (North Hunterdon), 1981
9:44.72 …Megan Lacy (Cherokee), 2012
9:44.87 …Melanie Thompson (Voorhees), 2008
9:45.83 …Megan Venables (Highland), 2010
9:46.76 …Megan Curham (Villa Walsh Academy), 2013
9:47.10 …Danielle Tauro (Southern Regional), 2007
9:47.8h …Janet Smith (North Edison), 1984
9:49.0h …Theresa Gschwind (Summit), 1981
9:50.11 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
9:50.15 …Jenna Rogers (Ridgewood), 1994
9:50.5h …Chris MacDonnell (Westwood), 1980
9:51.70 …Amanda Trotter (Red Bank), 2002
9:51.72 …Melanie Thompson (Voorhees), 2009
9:52.22 …Dana Giordano (Bernards), 2011
9:52.73 … Carleen Jeffers [Ridgewood], 2015
9:53.19 …Chelsea Ley (Kingsway), 2009
9:53.39 … Dana Klein [Gill-St. Bernard’s], 2014
9:55.0h …Theresa Cattuna (Cherry Hill East), 2007
9:55.65 …Amy Beykirch (Pinelands), 1997
9:55.87 …Katie Kellner (West Windsor-Plainsboro South), 2009
9:48.59 …Grace Dwyer (Nottingham), 2014
9:50.11 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
9:50.95 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2016
9:57.12 …Dina Iacone  (Washington Twp.), 2012
9:57.53 …Caroline Kellner (West Windsor-Plainsboro-South), 2010
9:57.93 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2015
9:57.9h …Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1981
9:59.5h … Deanna Germano (Shawnee), 1985
9:59.7h … Melinda Holm (Mendham), 1981
10:00.06 …Vanessa Wright (Haddonfield), 2005
10:00.07… Kristen Stevens (Roxbury), 2006
10:00.2h … Lisa Schadler Bergenfield), 1980
10:00.4h … Kelly Foley (Haddonfield), 1981
10:00.6h … Dawn Cody (Paul VI), 1982
10:00.94 … Mackenzie Barry [Mendham], 2014
10:00.8 Amy Hansen (Woodb(Ridge), 1980
10:01.3 KristenHall (Mendham [West Morris]), 1991
10:01.4 Judy Ruff (Highland Park), 1980
10:02.16 Lindsay VanAlstine (Hawthorne Christian), 2003
10:03.2 Sandra Tignor (Princeton), 1988
10:03.60 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
10:03.97 Cathy Feeney (Wayne Valley), 1990
10:04.14 Josette Norris (Tenafly), 2013
10:04.90 … Meghan Hughes [Moorestown], 2003

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Egg Harbor 4×8 is top U.S. team at Penn, blazes an all-time S.J. #6 7:47!

step0001-1With four even legs — all between 1:56.1 and 1:57.3 — Egg Harbor ran 7:47.13 to finish fifth in the Championship of America 3,200-meter relay at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field and first among United States schools.

Robert Dessoye (1:57.04), Alex Dessoye (1:56.04), Aidin Hendriks (1:57.30) and Eric Barnes (1:56.77) finished behind only four Jamaican schools — St. Elizabeth Tech  of Santa Cruz, who won in 7:33.27, St. Jago of St. Catherine (7:39.67) and Calabar (7:43.62) and Jamaica College of Kingston (7:44.26).

Egg Harbor is now the only school in South Jersey history to run 7:47.5 or faster in consecutive years.

Egg Harbor’s time is No. 6 in South Jersey history and fastest in New Jersey this year. Here’s a list of every South Jersey time in history under 7:49:

7:40.71 … Pleasantville, 2013
7:40.99 … Willingboro, 1983
7:43.57 … Haddonfield, 2015
7:44.25 … Willingboro, 2003
7:46.2h … Deptford, 1967
7:47.13 … Egg Harbor, 2017
7:47.27 … Egg Harbor, 2016
7:47.66 … Kingsway, 2011
7:47.9h … Willingboro, 1982
7:48.25 … Vineland, 2012
7:48.3h … Woodbury, 1977
7:48.70 … Rancocas Valley, 2016

Earlier Saturday, with a completely different lineup, Egg Harbor ran 3:17.96 in the 1,600-meter relay, the second-fastest time in New Jersey this year.

 

Holy Cross graduate Chris Mirabelli from Rutgers wins Penn Relays javelin with personal-best throw!!!!!

step0001Twenty-nine years after Holy Cross graduate Vince Labosky won the Penn Relays javelin, another Holy Cross grad has duplicated his feat.

Chris Mirabelli, a junior at Rutgers, threw a personal-best 251-6 and won by 17 inches over Michael Shuey of Penn State. Mirabelli and Shuey both uncorked their big throw on their final attempt of the meet.

He also extended his own school record and moved into the No. 41 spot on the 2017 world list. Only Riley Doleful at 252-4 3/4 ranks among him Against U.S. throwers.

Mirabelli’s previous PR was 250-0, set two weeks ago at the Metropolitan Championships in Piscataway.

Mirabelli now ranks third in NCAA Division 1 this year, trailing only Ioannis Kyriazis Ioannis of Greece (world-leading 288-9) of Texas A&M and Matti Mortimore of North Dakota State and England (254-2).

Labosky won the 1988 and 1990 Penn Relays javelin while at Kansas. Mirabelli, a Lumberton native, was second last year. His younger brother, Nick, was second in the high school javelin on Saturday.

 

 

Deptford blazes a 41.89 in the 400-meter relay at Penn, fastest by a New Jersey school this year!!!!!

Deptford’s Khion Smith, MarQuel Davis, Jaythan Vereen and Tariq Bundy teamed up to run 41.89 in their 400-meter relay heat Saturday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The time was 13th-fastest of 311 schools entered in the Small School 400-meter relay at Penn.

The performance broke the Gloucester County record of 42.12, set by last year’s Deptford team at the state Group 3 meet.

Deptford came back to run 42.07 in the Small School Championship race later Saturday.

Here’s an updated look at the all-time state list, with South Jersey schools bold-faced:

40.92 .. Winslow, 2003
41.0h … Plainfield, 1980
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.2h … Weequahic, 1972
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.46 … Franklin Twp., 2016
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.52 … Plainfield, 1998
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.65 … Trenton, 1999
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Teaneck, 2010
41.72 … Plainfield, 1998
41.74 … Rahway, 1985
41.5h … Westfield, 1978
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.82 … Neptune, 2009
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Westfield, 1977
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.6h … Montclair, 1984
41.6h … Montclair, 1972
41.89 … Deptford, 2017
41.91 … Irvington, 2005
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001
41.98 … Plainfield, 2000

Brock splits 46 and EHT boys smoke the Franklin Field track for a 3:17 4×4 as Day 3 begins at Penn!!!!!

Egg Harbor just missed its eight-year-old school record and ran the fastest 1,600-meter relay by a South Jersey school this year Saturday morning with a 3:17.96 on Day 3 of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Amir Brock was credited with a 46.81 leadoff leg for EHT!

Egg Harbor does not run in the South Jersey 4-by-4 and got into a class race with Calabar of Kingston, Jamaica, which won the race in 3:11.95.

After Brock’s leadoff, Hunter Barbieri split 49.0, Michael Nielson 51.99 and Shaquille Boyd 50.17.

The Eagles’ only faster time is a 3:17.79 to win the 2009 state Group 4 title.

In an earlier race, East Orange, led by Cory Polle’s 47.39 split, ran 3:13.92, the only faster time by a New Jersey school this year.

Egg’s time is 14th-fastest among 507 schools that raced in the 1,600-meter relay at Penn Saturday. Eight of the 13 faster times were produced by schools from Jamaica or Trinidad.

EHT’s time is No. 4 in Atlantic County history, behind Absegami’s 3:15.77 in 2008, Oakcrest’s 3:16.61 in 2011 and Pleasantville’s 3:17.57 in 1996.

 

Cherokee grad Jessica Woodard returns home and wins Penn Relays shot put!!!!!

Jessica Woodard, a junior at Oklahoma, returned home to the Delaware Valley and won the women’s championship shot put at the Penn Relays Thursday with a throw of 55-11 on the grass fields outside Franklin Field.

Woodard, a graduate of Cherokee High School, won by more than 2 1/2 feet over Alyssa Robinson of Penn State.

Woodard’s 55-11 is her best this spring. She threw 57-6 3/4 indoors and 58-7 3/4 last spring when she placed third at NCAAs.

This is the first time Woodard has thrown the shot at Penn. She was third in the discus in 2015 as an Oklahoma freshman and third in the discus in 2013 as a Cherokee senior.

Her 55-11 Woodard’s No. 11 in NCAA Division 1 this year.

Woodard will participate in the championship discus event at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Winslow girls enter all-time NJ top-20 in 4×1 and come back to win S.J. 4×4 with NJ #2 performance at Penn Relays!

The Winslow girls pulled off a sick double at the Penn Relays Thursday, running 47.15 to win their heat in the 400-meter relay and then coming back to run 3:51.84 to win the South Jersey Large School 1,600-Meter Relay.

Winslow advanced to the Large School Championship race in the 400-meter relay at 2:27 p.m. Friday and also the Tri-State Championship race at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. In the 1,600-meter relay, they advanced to the Philadelphia Area Championship race at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Let’s start with the 400-meter relay.

Tionna Tobias, Flora Ahiarakwe, Iyianna Williams and Shakira Dancy ran for Winslow, which won its race by nearly 2 1/2 seconds.

Winslow’s time was 14th-fastest overall, fifth-fastest in all the Large-School races and fastest of all New Jersey schools, a full second faster than Rancocas Valley’s 48.18. Of the 13 faster schools, eight are from Jamaica, one from the Bahamas, one from Virginia, one from Florida, one from Maryland and one from Pennsylvania.

The time is fourth-fastest in South Jersey history and No. 15 in state history and less than a 10th of a second off the school record of 47.06 set three years ago. The last South Jersey school other than Winslow to run faster was Eastern with Olympic gold medalist English Gardner back in 2003.

Here is the all-time state list, with South Jersey performances in bold:

45.50 … Montclair, 1998
45.89 … Columbia, 2010
46.08 … Trenton, 1984
46.42 … Franklin Twp., 2003
46.84 … Piscataway, 2014
46.87 … Eastern, 2003
46.89 … Franklin Twp., 2001
46.90 … Paramus Catholic, 2010
46.96 … Columbia, 2009
47.02 … Columbia, 2005
47.06 … Winslow Twp., 2014
47.09 … Shabazz, 1986
47.12 … Columbia, 2012
46.9h … Willingboro, 1980
47.15 … Winslow Twp., 2017
47.18 … Winslow Twp., 2013
47.22 … Trenton, 2002
47.27 … Trenton, 1983

In the 1,600-meter relay, Williams, Ahiarakwe, Janeya Hammond and Dancy ran 3:51.84, fastest winning time in the South Jersey Large-School race in 11 years — since Woodrow Wilson ran 3:50.81 in 2006.

Winslow has won the last two South Jersey 4-by-4 races at Penn and four of the last seven.

The 3:51.84 is No. 2 in New Jersey this year, behind only Union Catholic, with Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, who ran 3:39.35 Thursday and qualified for the Championship of America with the No. 2 time overall (behind a 3:37.70 by Hydel of St. Catherine, Jamaica). Union Catholic’s time is No. 2 in state history. McLoughlin split 50.78 on the anchor leg!

Here’s a look at all the winning times since the South Jersey girls 4-by-400 races were added in 1994:

2017 … Winslow Twp., 3:51.84
2016 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.97
2015 … Lenape, 3:59.53
2014 … Lenape, 3:58.42
2013 … Cherokee, 3:54.98
2012 … Winslow, 3:54.53
2011 … Winslow, 3:57.63
2010 … Seneca, 3:56.90
2009 … Seneca, 4:02.63
2008 … Camden, 3:53.88
2007 … Washington Twp., 3:56.69
2006 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:50.81
2005 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:56.77
2004 … Winslow Twp., 3:54.61
2003 … Willingboro, 3:47.30
2002 … Willingboro, 3:51.45
2001 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:51.80
2000 … Willingboro, 3:53.15
1999 … Willingboro, 3:48.80
1998 … Willingboro, 3:53.55
1997 … Willingboro, 3:55.82
1996 … Willingboro, 4:00.45
1995 … Camden, 3:46.94
1994 … Camden, 3:50.45