Salem’s Jonathan Taylor edges Deptford’s Mar-Quel Davis in Tri-County 200 with two fastest times in this year in South Jersey!!!!!

Salem’s Jonathan Taylor edged Mar-Quel Davis of Deptford in the 200-meter dash at Thursday’s Tri-County Conference meet, with Taylor and Davis running the two-fastest times in New Jersey this year!

Taylor ran 21.53 and Davis 21.57 in one of the fastest 200-meter dash races ever contested by South Jersey runners.

The only other races we could find involving two or more South Jersey runners going sub-21.60 fully automatic in the same race:

–> In the 2002 state Group 4 meet, Todd Dutch of Washington Township and Ron Hillian of Eastern went 1-2 in 21.33 and 21.56.

–> And in 2012, Fabian Santiago of Oakcrest and Jammed Muse of Timber Creek ran 1-2 in the South Jersey Group 3 race in 21.00 and 21.24, with Reginald Morton third in 21.38. But because none of those three ever came close to those times again, there are major questions about timing irregularities involving that particular race.

Curiously, neither Taylor nor Davis had broken 22 fully automatic before this race.

Taylor, the Meet of Champions winner at 100 meters last year, generally focuses on the shorter race. His previous 200 PR was a 22.00 to win Group 1 sectionals last year.

Davis’s previous 200 PR was 22.04 at the Gloucester County championships last weekend.

The two times are No. 17 and No. 22 on the all-time South Jersey performance list:

21.00 … Fabian Santiago (Oakcrest), 2012
21.06 … Dennis Mitchell (Edgewood), 1984
21.24 … Jamaad Muse (Timber Creek), 2012
21.14 … Reuben McCoy (Winslow Twp.), 2004
21.30 … T.J. Johnson (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2010
21.38 … Reginald Morton (Oakcrest), 2012
21.40 … Rob Gary (Lenape), 1998
21.40 … Todd Dutch (Washington Twp.), 2001
21.41 … Dorian Bryant (Kingsway), 2002
21.43 … Barry Cephas (Winslow Twp.), 2008
21.46 … Brondon Jenkins (Delran), 1994
21.46 … Sabli Gonnet (Eastern), 2007
21.47 … Curtis McIntyre (Bridgeton), 1992
21.51 … Reuben McCoy (Winslow Twp.), 2004
21.53 … Robert Hargrove (Vineland), 1996
21.53 … A.J. Bunton (West Deptford), 2006
21.53 … Jonathan Taylor (Salem), 2017
21.54 … Derek Ward (Kingsway), 1992
21.55 … Anthony Maturano (Hammonton), 2015
21.56 … Ron Hillian (Eastern), 2002
21.56 … Bruce Owens (Deptford), 2005
21.56 … Darrell Bush (Woodbury), 2011
21.57 … Mar-Quel Davis (Deptford), 2017
21.58 … Antray Miles (Winslow Twp.), 2003
21.59 … John Stone (Mainland Reg.), 1997
21.60 … Juwan Johnson (Glassboro), 2013

Interestingly, another very fast 200 was going on nearby. At the Cape-Atlantic meet, Bo Melton of Cedar Creek ran 21.71, followed by Revell Williams of Bridgeton (21.74) and Amir Brock of Egg Harbor Township (21.77).

Those two races now make up five of the six-fastest times in South Jersey this year.

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