In first open race since Meet of Champions triumph, Salem’s Taylor sprints his way to NJ #1 in 100-meter dash!!!

Salem senior Jonathan Taylor ran the fastest 100 meters in New Jersey this year Tuesday afternoon at the Salem County meet on Schalick’s track in Pittsgrove Township.

Taylor came within 9-100ths of his PR and Salem County record of 10.55, which he set at sectionals last year. He went on to win the Meet of Champions last spring with a 10.61.

On Tuesday, Taylor ran 10.64 to win his second straight Salem County title. He hasn’t lost a 100-meter dash since states his sophomore year, when he was DQ’d for a false start after placing fifth at sectionals.

The 100 was the only race Taylor entered. It was his first open 100 in anything other than a dual meet since last year’s Meet of Champs.

Taylor replaces Paul VI’s Antonio Tarantino atop the 2017 New Jersey 100-meter dash list. Tarantino ran 10.68 in a meet in Bucks County back in early April and has not participated in an open race in a major meet since. He did split 50.5 on Paul VI’s 1,600-meter relay team at Penn.

Taylor, a running back on Salem’s football team, plans to follow two other South Jersey running backs — Ron Dayne and current Eagle Corey Clement — to Madison, Wisc., to play football for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey 100-meter dash list

100-METER DASH
10.35 … Jamar Ervin [Camden], 2000
10.36 … Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 2010
10.44h .. Bill Gaines [Clearview], 1966
10.44h .. Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1983
10.45 … James Townsend [Holy Cross], 2003
10.47 … James Brown [Glassboro], 2009
10.53 … Todd Dutch [Washington Twp.], 2001
10.54 … Fabian Santiago [Oakrest], 2010
10.55 … Jonathan Taylor [Salem], 2017
10.55 … Todd Dutch [Washington Twp.], 2002
10.57 … Jamil Benjamin [Cumberland Regional], 2006
10.57 … Geoff Navaro [Absegami], 2008
10.58 … Anthony Miles [Winslow Twp.], 2003
10.60 … Robert Page [Kingsway], 2008
10.60 … Marquis Bonds [Millville], 2007
10.60 … Shawney Kersey [Woodbury], 2009
10.62 … Kashif Moore [Burlington Twp.], 2007
10.63 … John Stone [Mainland Reg.], 1997
10.63 … Sabli Gonnet [Eastern], 2007
10.64 … Jeremy Cooper [Mainland Reg.], 1997
10.64h … Israel Cook [Cumberland Reg.], 1981
10.64h … Mike Parker [Salem], 1981
10.64h … Flipper Anderson [Paulsboro], 1983
10.64h … Chuck Carter [Eastern], 1985
10.65 … Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
10.65 … Rocco Orville [St. Joe’s-Hammonton], 2015
10.65 … Dorian Bryant [Kingsway], 2003
10.66 … Bobby Orro [Pemberton], 1993
10.66 … Bruce Owens [Deptford], 2004
10.67 … Antraye Miles [Winslow Twp.], 2003
10.67 … T.J. Johnson [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2009
10.67 … Kashif Miller [Haddon Heights], 2014
10.68 … Marquis Bonds [Bridgeton], 2007
10.69 … Robert Darby [Pennsauken], 2006
10.69 … Darnell Charles [Oakcrest], 2012
10.71 … Albert Newkirk [Camden], 1997
10.72 … Reggie Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
10.72 … Sterling Pierce [Rancocas Valley], 2015
10.73 … Franklin Dallas [Woodrow Wilson], 1986
10.73 … Sean McPherson [Delsea}, 2010
10.74 … Adonis Jennings [Timber Creek], 2014
10.74 … Brian Reagan [Cherry Hill East], 2012
10.74h … Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1979
10.74h … Clem Leslie [Vineland], 1981
10.74h … Kevin Jones [Pleasantville], 1982
10.74h … Tony Jones [Edgewood], 1982
10.74h … Carl Brown [Eastern], 1983
10.74h … Kenny Reynolds [Willingboro], 1986
10.74h … Don Brooks [Pleasantville], 1988

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