Seneca races into all-time South Jersey top-10 in 3,200-meter relay, just misses Championship race at Penn

The Seneca girls on Thursday ran the fastest 3,200-meter relay by a South Jersey school this year, shattering the school record and just missing advancing to Friday’s  Championship of America race at the Penn Relays.

Grayce Heinemann, Carley Tool, Kayla Martin and Sydny Warner ran 9:16.57, fastest in Seneca history indoors or out and No. 10 in South Jersey history indoors or out.

The Golden Eagles placed fourth in the first of two Small-School races at historic Franklin Field. The top 12 teams from the four Small-School and Large-School races advanced to the Friday afternoon Championship of America race. The 12th-fastest time Thursday was 9:12.68. So Seneca fell less than four seconds short. Their time was 16th-fastest overall out of the four races.

Seneca’s time is No. 2 in New Jersey this year, behind only Ridge, which won the second Large-School race is 9:06.60 and qualified for the Championship of America.

Seneca’s previous school record was 9:23.53 to win last year’s state Group 3 meet.

Heinemann led off with a 2:19.2 split. followed by Tool in 2;22.9, Martin in 2:16.2 and Warner in 2:18.5.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey performance list, including times recorded both indoors and out.

9:04.66 … Lenape, 2013 [in]
9:05.62 … Lenape, 2012 [out]
9:05.83 … Lenape, 2008 [out]
9:06.30 … Haddonfield, 2008 [out]
9:09.71 … Lenape, 2012 [in]
9:10.32 … Haddonfield, 2000 [out]
9:11.94 … Lenape, 2008 [in]
9:15.61 … Ocean City, 2014 [out]
9:15.92 … Haddonfield, 2015 [out]
9:16.57 … Seneca, 2017 [out]
9:16.79 … Haddonfield, 1999 [out]
9:18.71 … Lenape, 2011 [out]
9:18.94 … Lenape, 2006 [out]
9:19.15 … Wilson, 2002 [out]
9:19.35 … Wilson, 2002 [in]

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RV’s Nick Mirabelli continues climb up all-time NJ javelin list. Now only 10 feet behind older brother Chris!!!!!

Rancocas Valley junior Nick Mirabelli continued his climb up the all-time New Jersey javelin list with his 206-8 win at the 45th annual Woodbury Relays Saturday.

In cold, rainy conditions, Mirabelli added more than feet to his previous PR of 202-4 from the College of New Jersey Invitational a week earlier in Ewing. He’s the only 200-footer in New Jersey this year.

Mirabelli’s 206-8 is No. 11 in state history with the new javelin implement (which went into use in 2002) and No. 4 in South Jersey history behind only NCAA champ Curtis Thompson of Florence, older brother Chris Mirabelli of Holy Cross and current Holy Spirit senior Cade Antonucci, who placed second Saturday with a throw of 198-0 – his best so far this spring.

The only longer throw in Woodbury history with the current javelin is the 209-10 that Nick’s older brother Chris threw to set the meet record in 2014. The next-best throw since 2002 is a 190-4 winner by another R.V. thrower, Robert Marks, last year.

With the old javelin, there were a ton of big throws at Woodbury, including Gil Winters’ meet-record 219-3 in 1990, a 211-3 by Steve Kiessling of Holy Cross in 1989 and a 209-4 by Oakcrest’s Cornelius Cruz in 1994.

Winter’s coach at Willingboro was Mark Mirabelli, Nick’s father.

Here is the updated all-time state list:

224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence], 2014
224- 1 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park], 2010
217- 9 … Dean Sullivan [Delbarton], 2011
216- 6 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2014
209-11 … Stephen Burk [Parsippany], 2012
209- 5 … Kevin Steimle [Mahwah], 2009
209- 0 … Josh Suttmeier [North Hunterdon], 2010
208-11 … Kevin Seery [Hanover Park], 2011
207- 7 … Seth Zuidema [Midland Park], 2014
206-10 … Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], 2016
206- 8 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley], 2017
206- 1 … Mike Brazil [North Arlington], 2014
205-11 … Robert Scales [Middletown South], 2002
204- 3 … Marion Easley [Somerville], 2005
203- 7 … James Malizia [St. Joe’s-Montvale], 2002
203- 6 … Stephen Benigno [Cherry Hill East], 2014
202-10 … Chandler Balter [Livingston], 2014
202- 9 … Brian Florek [Old Bridge], 2007
202- 6 … Jim Tully [Christian Brothers Academy], 2010
202- 0 … Steven Pierce [Ridgewood], 2006
201- 5 … Zachary Torrell [Lacey Twp.], 2011
201- 4 … Will Gonzalez [Cedar Grove], 2010
201- 0 … Sean Biehn [Burlington City], 2006
200- 3 … Cody Unger [Jefferson Twp.], 2008

Even with Nick’s big PR, the Mirabelli brothers still trail the Zuidema brothers of Midland Park in the sibling category, although they are closing fast. Kaleb Zuidema threw 224-1 in 2010 and Seth Zuidema threw 207-7 in 2014 for a family total of 431-8.

Chris and Nick so far have combined to throw 423-2, but Nick has the rest of this season and all of next year to add 8 feet, 7 inches to his PR and seize the family record from the Zuidemas. Nick would need to throw 215-3 for the Mirabellis to take over the New Jersey sibling lead.

Deptford runs NJ #1 400-meter relay and edges Pennsauken in titanic battle at Woodbury!!!!!

It took the fastest time in the state this year for Deptford to edge Pennsauken in one of the best races of the day Saturday at the 45th annual Woodbury Relays.

Deptford ran a state-leading 42.36 to edge Pennsauken’s 42.67 in the Group 3 400-meter relay. They were the top two times of the meet and now stand as the top two teams in South Jersey this year. They rank No. 1 and No. 4 in the state for 2017.

Sophomore Tyriq Bundy led off for Deptford, followed by senior Mar-Quel Davis, sophomore Khion Smith and senior Jaythan Vereen.

Pennsauken used sophomore Nahzir Russell and seniors Jaylen Robinson, Donovan Hines and Martin Booker.

Deptford and Pennsauken both run faster last year. Deptford ran 42.12 at states last year, setting a Gloucester County record. Pennsauken has a 41.85 to its credit from last year’s Meet of Champions.

But in April going into Penn?

Those times are hot.

We put together a list of the fastest 4-by-1 times in Woodbury history, and it’s quite a list! We used the standard .24 conversion for hand times from back in the pre-FAT days.

As you can see, Deptford’s 42.36 Saturday is seventh-fastest at Woodbury since 1990.

2001: Camden, 41.64y [Group 3]
2012: Oakcrest, 41.80 [Group 3]
1996: Camden, 41.94y [Group 4]
2007: Camden, 42.05 [Group 3]
2004: Winslow Twp., 42.07 [Group 4]
2003: Winslow Twp., 42.32 [Group 4]
2017: Deptford, 42.36 [Group 3]
2008: Winslow Twp., 42.44y [Group 4]
2002: Camden, 42.44y [Group 3]
2016: Pennsauken, 42.43 [Group 3]
1997: Camden, 42.44y [Group 4]
1996: Woodrow Wilson, 42.44y [Group 3]
2015: Rancocas Valley, 42.49 [Group 4]
2016: Camden, 42.50 [Group 2]
2009: Camden, 42.54y [Group 2]
2011: Oakcrest, 42.55 [Group 4]
2015: Deptford, 42.56 [Group 2]
2004: Camden, 42.57 [Group 3]
2014: Timber Creek, 42.65 [Group 3]
2017: Pennsauken, 42.67 [Group 3]
1995: Woodrow Wilson, 42.74y [Group 3]
2012: Cherry Hill East, 42.80 [Group 4]
2010: Burlington Twp., 42.84y [Group 3]
2000: Camden, 42.84y [Group 3]
2000: Edgewood, 42.94y [Group 4]
1994: Pleasantville, 42.94y [Group 3]
1990: Willingboro, 42.94y [Group 4]
2005: Deptfod, 42.98 [Group 3]

 

Winslow girls register absolutely INSANE sprint triple at Woodbury Relays

Juniors Flora Ahiarakwe and Shakira Dancy led the Winslow girls to an astonishing sprint relay triple Saturday at the 45th annual Woodbury Relays.

Winslow didn’t win the Group 4 team title at Woodbury — Timber Creek also had a tremendous day and outscored Winslow 58-47 — but Winslow’s sprint triple was ridiculous!

The Eagles ran the No. 1 times in South Jersey this year in the 4-by-100, 4-by-200 and 4-by-400.

Winslow won the 400-meter relay in 47.44, the 800-meter relay in 1:40.30 and the 1,600-meter relay in 3:55.15. The 47.44 broke the meet record of 46.85 set by Winslow in 2004.

Sophomore Tionna Tobias led off the 4-by-1, followed by Ahiarakwe, senior Iyianna Williams and Dancy.

Williams led off the 4-by-200, followed by Ahiarakwe, freshman Janeya Hammond and Dancy.

And in the 4-by-4, the order was Williams, Ahiarakwe, Hammond and Dancy.

How fast did Winslow run?

The 47.44 is No. 6 in South Jersey history and No. 20 in state history. The 1:40.30 is No. 3 in South Jersey history and No. 12 in state history. The 3:55 doesn’t make the all-time lists but for a cold, rainy day in mid-April, it sure augurs well for Penn next weekend.

Let’s get right to the lists!

Here is the all-time South Jersey 400-meter relay list, which shows Winslow holding five of the top eight spots:

46.87 … Eastern 2003
46.9h … Willingboro, 1980
47.06 … Winslow Twp., 2014
47.18 … Winslow Twp., 2013
47.40 … Winslow Twp., 2016
47.44 … Winslow Twp., 2017
47.45 … Willingboro, 1994
47.54 … Winslow Twp., 2003
47.3h … Willingboro, 1981
47.4h … Camden, 1978
47.4h … Camden, 1979
47.75 … Eastern, 2002
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2005
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2012
47.82 … Moorestown, 2000
47.85 … Deptford, 2015
47.87 … Winslow Twp., 2011
47.9h … Willingboro, 1995
47.94 … Camden, 1995
48.03 … Penns Grove, 2014
47.8h … Willingboro, 2003
48.07 … Camden, 2006
48.08 … Winslow Twp., 2004
48.08 … Willingboro, 2009
48.12 … Washington Twp., 2001
48.14 … Camden, 1997
48.23 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
48.23 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015
48.24 … Camden, 2008
48.25 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2014

And the all-time South Jersey 800-meter relay list:

1:39.21 … Eastern, 2003
1:39.59 … Winslow Twp. 2012
1:40.33 … Winslow Twp., 2017
1:40.62 … Winslow Twp., 2003
1:40.5h … Wilson, 2006
1:40.91 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:41.10 … Washington Twp., 1999
1:41.20 … Willingboro, 1994
1:41.33 … Camden, 2009
1:41.1h … Camden, 1995
1:41.40 … Winslow Twp., 2005
1:41.2h … Camden, 2006
1:41.54 … Willingboro, 1999
1:41.56 … Highland, 1998
1:41.59 … Eastern, 2002
1:41.7h … Wilson, 2008
1:41.5h … Pleasantville, 1995
1:41.5h … Wilson, 2005
1:41.81 … Willingboro, 1995
1:41.85 … Deptford, 2015
1:41.86 … Willingboro, 2000
1:41.87 … Camden, 2001
1:41.88 … Winslow Twp., 2013

Pennsauken’s Martin Booker pulls off incredible triple at Neshaminy Invite!!!

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.

WOW!!!!!

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.!

Collingswood’s Adam Hunt registers South Jersey #1 discus throw at TCNJ!

Collingswood senior Adam Hunt, the state Group 2 discus champ a year ago, popped a 166-11 throw Saturday, No. 2 in the state this year and the best throw so far this spring by a South Jersey thrower.

Hunt was over 170 feet in three meets last year, including a PR of 176-6 to win the state Group 2 title. He went on to medal at the Meet of Champs, where he was eighth. He won by over 30 feet in the College of New Jersey High School Invitational Saturday in Ewing.

Hunt is one of 20 boys from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Virginia, Canada and Jamaica accepted into the invitational discus at the 123rd annual Penn Relays in two weeks.

With some Saturday meets still going on, Hunt ranks No. 2 in the state so far this spring behind defending Meet of Champions winner Jordan West of Rahwah, who threw 190-2 last year and popped a NJ-leading 181-0 last weekend in a meet in Columbia, S.C.

 

Please welcome Rancocas Valley junior Nick Mirabelli to the 200-foot club!

Nick Mirabelli became the 24th member of the 200-foot Club Saturday with a personal-best 202-4 javelin bomb at the College of New Jersey High School Invite in Ewing.

Mirabelli, who PR’d at 198-0 at the Moorestown Invitational last weekend, moved into the No. 19 spot on the all-time New Jersey list with the new implement, which went into use in 2002.

The Rancocas Valley junior is the sixth 200-foot thrower with the new javelin from South Jersey and the first from R.V., although the second from his family. Older brother Chris, now a standout at Rutgers, threw 216-6 in 2014 and was a Meet of Champions winner as a junior.

Rancocas Valley’s school record with the old javelin, which generally sailed about 10 percent farther than the current impliment, is 221-7, set in 1978 by the great Drew Forbes.

Here’s the all-time state list with the current javelin, now in its 16th year of use. South Jersey throwers are listed in bold.

  • 224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence], 2014
  • 224-  1 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park], 2010
  • 217-  9 … Dean Sullivan [Delbarton], 2011
  • 216-  6 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2014
  • 209-11 … Stephen Burk [Parsippany], 2012
  • 209-  5 … Kevin Steimle [Mahwah], 2009
  • 209-  0 … Josh Suttmeier [North Hunterdon], 2010
  • 208-11 … Kevin Seery [Hanover Park], 2011
  • 207-  7 … Seth Zuidema [Midland Park], 2014
  • 206-10 … Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], 2016
  • 206-  1 … Mike Brazil [North Arlington], 2014
  • 205-11 … Robert Scales [Middletown South], 2002
  • 204-  3 … Marion Easley [Somerville], 2005
  • 203-  7 … James Malizia [St. Joe’s-Montvale], 2002
  • 203-  6 … Stephen Benigno [Cherry Hill East], 2014
  • 202-10 … Chandler Balter [Livingston], 2014
  • 202-  9 … Brian Florek [Old Bridge], 2007
  • 202-  6 … Jim Tully [Christian Brothers Academy], 2010
  • 202-  4 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley], 2017
  • 202-  0 … Steven Pierce [Ridgewood], 2006
  • 201-  5 … Zachary Torrell [Lacey Twp.], 2011
  • 201-  4 … Will Gonzalez [Cedar Grove], 2010
  • 201-  0 … Sean Biehn [Burlington City], 2006
  • 200-  3 … Cody Unger [Jefferson Twp.], 2008

The Mirabelli brothers still trail the Zuidema brothers of Midland Park in the sibling category. Kaleb Zuidema threw 224-1 in 2010 and Seth Zuidema threw 207-7 in 2014 for a family total of 431-8.

Chris and Nick so far have combined to throw 418-10, but Nick has the rest of this season and all of next year to add 12 feet, 9 inches to his PR and seize the family record from the Zuidemas. Nick would need to throw 215-3 for the Mirabellis to take over the New Jersey sibling lead.