Opening day of track season in New Jersey is typically cold, windy, raw and rainy, and so it was again this year. Some meets were cancelled, other meets were postponed, others ran on a limited schedule.
And at Buena, the Egg Harbor sprinters opened the season with an 800-meter relay performance that belied the conditions.
The quartet of Alex Dessoye, Shaquille Boyd, Hunter Barber and Amir Brock ran 1:31.21 in the large-school race at the Jim Camburn Relays at Buena.
EHT won the race by 30 meters over St. Augustine, which placed second in 1:34.59.
The Eagles’ time is No. 1 this year in New Jersey, which means it was faster than anybody else ran state-wide on opening weekend.
That 1:31.21 is actually faster than EHT ran all last year. Their best time last year was a 1:31.62 last May at the South Jersey Relays.
The Eagles ran 1:28.96 in 2015, fifth-fastest in the state, when they placed 13th at nationals. That stands as the school record.
So their time unchallenged in the cold and wind at Buena on the first weekend of the season was only 2.25 seconds slower than their time at nationals two years ago. That’s about half a second per leg. Which means in two months, watch out – EHT is going to be flying.
Egg Harbor also won the 400-meter relay in 44.69, with Dessoye, Boyd, Devon Covington and Brock. That time is No. 3 in the state early on. The Eagles also won the shuttle hurdles in 1:08.88 with Joseph Del Conte, Boyde, Vernon Swain and Covington.