How about this monster triple:
Pennsauken senior Martin Booker Jr. won the 100 in 10.77, the 200 in 21.73 and the 400 in 48.68 Saturday at the Neshaminy Track Classic across the river in Bucks County.
That’s two New Jersey No. 1’s and a N.J. #2 for Booker, who also found time to run a leg on Pennsauken’s 42.81 400-meter relay team.
Booker tied his 100 PR of 10.77, which he originally set when he placed third at last year’s Meet of Champions.
He came within 1-100th of a second of his 200 PR of 21.76, which he ran when he placed second in last year’s Meet of Champions.
And he ran his second-fastest 400, behind only the 48.33 he ran in a hot Liberty Division 400 at the Burlington County Scholastic League championships last spring.
Has any South Jersey sprinter ever run those times in one day? Probably a few guys but I doubt anybody has ever done it this early in the season.
The last New Jersey runner to run that fast in all three events at any point in the same season was Zaire Clemes of Trenton in 2013.
The last South Jersey sprinter to run those three times in the same season was Woodbury’s Shawnee Kersey in 2007. At the Group 1 states at Egg Harbor, Kersey ran 10.76, 21.72 in the 200 and 47.88 in the 400 — but that was over two days.
T.J. Johnson of Egg Harbor Township came very close in 2009, with 10.67 and 21.30 but ran a fraction slower than Booker in the 400 at 48.69.
Booker now ranks No. 1 in New Jersey in the 200 and 400 and No. 2 in the 100 behind Camden County rival Antonio Tarantino of Paul VI, who ran 10.68 last weekend at another Bucks County meet – the Bensalem Invitational.
As for the 42.81, that’s No. 2 in the state this year behind Seton Hall Prep’s 42.75 and No. 1 in South Jersey.
All in all, a pretty good day’s work for Booker Jr.!