EHT’s Dessoye & Brock and Pennsauken’s Booker all run sub-49 in 400 meters at South Jersey Invitational!!!

What a 1-2 punch from Egg Harbor in the 400 Thursday night at the 26th annual South Jersey Invitational!

Alex Dessoye won the 400 in 48.44 and teammate Amir Brock was second in 48.76, leading three under 49 seconds and five under 50 seconds.

The race produced 18 of the 19-fastest times by South Jersey quarter-milers so far this spring. Third-place finisher Martin Booker Jr. of Pennsauken, who ran 48.78, already has a 48.68 to his credit from a meet last month in Pennsylvania.

Ben Liles (47.8) and Curtis McIntyre (47.9) both broke 48 seconds in the meet’s inaugural running at Eastern in 1992. Since then, only three runners have gone faster at this meet than Dessoye — Woodbury’s Darrell Bush (47.89 in 2011), Camden’s Jade Smith in 2001 (47.9) and Lenape’s Rob Gary in 1998 (48.1).

Dessoye’s time breaks his PR of 49.62, set indoors at the Armory in February when he was seventh at Easterns. His outdoor PR was 49.68 from sectionals last year on his home track.

Brock has run slightly faster. He ran 48.49 at outdoor states last year, although his absolute PR is 48.48, set also at Easterns, where he was second.

Dessoye’s time is No. 6 in meet history. The two EHT quarter-milers are now ranked No. 4 and No. 7 in New Jersey this year.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey Invitational 400-meter dash performance list:

47.89 … Darrell Bush (Woodbury), 2011
47.8h … Ben Liles (Kingsway), 1992
47.9h … Jade Smith (Camden), 2001
47.9h … Curtis McIntyre (Bridgeton), 1992
48.1h … Rob Gary (Lenape), 1998
48.44 … Alex Dessoye (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2017
48.50 … Nick Brown (Bridgeton), 1999
48.53 … Phil Reid (Rancocas Valley), 2006
48.3h … Steve Harper (Atlantic City), 1994
48.55 … Mohamed Kanu (Lenape), 2000
48.57 … Akmed Muhammad (Oakcrest), 2012
48.4h … Royce Reed (Bridgeton), 1995
48.4h … Mike Morrison (Willingboro), 2003
48.4h … John Morris (Camden), 2001
48.5h … Brondon Jenkins (Delran), 1994
48.5h … Ian Moore (Lenape), 2001
48.76 … Amir Brock (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2017
48.78 … Martin Booker Jr. (Pennsauken), 2017
48.84 … Geoff Valentine (Williamstown), 1997
48.6h … Greg Arnett (Wilson), 1996
48.92 … Antonio Abney (Willingboro), 2007
48.96 … Geoff Navaro (Absegami), 2008
48.98 … Alvin Abraham (Egg Harbor Twp.) 2014
49.00 … Jaymes Dennison (Penns Grove), 2013
49.01 … Todd Dutch (Washington Twp.), 2000
49.11 … Matt Kordos (Buena), 2000
49.12 … Alex Reber (Cherry Hill East), 2010

And here’s a look at the fastest second-place times:

47.9h … Curtis McIntyre (Bridgeton), 1992
48.5h … Brondon Jenkins (Delran), 1994
49.01 … Todd Dutch (Washington Twp.), 2000
48.4h … John Morris (Camden), 2001
48.76 … Amir Brock (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2017

And finally the fastest third-place times in meet history:

49.11 … Matt Kordos (Buena), 2000
48.5h … Ian Moore (Lenape), 2001
48.78 … Martin Booker Jr. (Pennsauken), 2017

This is only the second time in meet history two quarter-milers from the same school have run sub-49 in the same race.

In a hand-timed 2001 race, Jade Smith won in 47.9 and Camden teammate John Morris was second in 48.4.

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