Kenneth Karcher runs fastest 400 by a N.J. Group 1 runner since 2014 as part of Burlco Open double!

Maple Shade senior Kenneth Karcher out-ran a loaded field to win the 400-meter dash at Saturday’s 79th annual Burlington County Open at Rancocas Valley.

And he did it in style.

Karcher lowered his PR and school record from 49.07 to 48.56 in edging Brian Merriman of R.V. (49.26) and Jalen Jones of Burlington Township (49.90) to the finish line.

That’s fastest by any New Jersey Group 1 runner this year and fastest by a New Jersey Group 1 runner since 2014, when both Phillip Gomez of Glen Ridge (47.98) and Jaymes Dennison of Penns Grove (48.33) did it.

It’s second-fastest all-time by a Burlington County Group 1 runner, behind only Keith Griffith of Florence, who ran 47.64 in 2010.

Karcher’s time is fifth-fastest in meet history and fastest in 17 years! Since Mohamad Kanu ran 48.47 back in 2000 for Lenape.

Here’s the all-time Open 400-meter dash performance list:

47.2h … Darron Outler (Lenape), 1984
47.3h … Rob Gary (Lenape), 1998
47.9y … Eric Rucker (Willingboro), 1977
48.47 … Mohamad Kanu (Lenape), 2000
48.56 … Kenneth Karcher (Maple Shade), 2017
48.4h … Barry Douglas (Willingboro), 1993
48.4y … Bill Tyler (Kennedy), 1976
48.66 … Keith Griffith (Florence), 2009
48.74 … Michael Bolling (Willingboro), 2000
48.5h … Mike Williams (Willingboro), 1985
48.6h … Jeff Bradford (Willingboro), 1982
48.6h … Charles Simpson (Lenape), 1993
48.70 … Kenny Brosier (Willingboro), 2015
48.71 … Phil Reid (Rancocas Valley), 2006

Karcher, who is headed to Monmouth next year, also won the 200. He’s only the second Maple Shade runner to double in County Open history. Robert Jones won the 100 and 200 in both 2013 and 2014 (and the 100 in 2012).

Overall, Karcher is No. 11 in New Jersey this year and No. 2 in South Jersey, behind only Egg Harbor Township’s Alex Dessoye, who ran 48.44 at the South Jersey Invitational.

Karcher’s previous PR was 49.07, also at the South Jersey Invitational. His time is No. 12 in Burlington County history.

Here’s a list of every Burlington County Open 400 winner since 1968:

1968….. Don Alexander (Florence) 53.1
1969….. Mike Lewandowski (Holy Cross) 51.4
1970….. Carlos Castillo (Pemberton) 51.9
1971….. Greg Paolillo (Burlington Twp.) 50.9
1972….. John King (Northern Burlington) 50.7
1973….. Ken Maxson (Rancocas Valley) 50.4
1974….. Mark Mancinin (Burlington Twp.) 50.9
1975….. Bill Tyler (Kennedy) 49.9
1976….. Bill Tyler (Kennedy) 477
1977….. Eric Rucker (Willingboro) 48.2
1978….. Quicny Vaughan (Willingboro) 49.5
1979….. Quincy Vaughan (Willingboro) 51.0
1980 ….. Tom Wellmon (Northern Burlington) 49.5 (400 meters)
1981 ….. King (Palmyra) 49.9
1982 ….. Jeff Bradford (Willingboro) 48.6
1983 ….. Eric Moore (Willingboro) 49.4
1984 ….. Darron Outler (Lenape) 47.2
1985 ….. Mike Williams (Willingboro) 48.5
1986 ….. Rodney Coon (Palmyra) 50.5
1987 ….. Sean Scott (Willingboro) 50.4
1988 ….. Sean Scott (Willingboro) 49.9
1989 ….. Roger Howell (Willingboro) 49.9
1990 ….. Lamont Smith (Willingboro) 50.1
1991 ….. Rob Douglas (Willingboro) 49.9
1992 ….. Mark Nelms (Cinnaminson) 49.6
1993 ….. Barry Douglas (Willingboro) 48.4
1994 ….. Brondon Jenkins (Delran) 48.9
1995 ….. Brian Pitt (Willingboro) 49.3
1996 ….. Sean Watson (Willingboro) 48.9
1997 ….. Rob Gary (Lenape) 48.7
1998 ….. Rob Gary (Lenape) 47.3
1999 ….. Mohamed Kanu (Lenape) 49.34
2000 ….. Mohamed Kanu (Lenape) 48.47
2001 ….. Sean Mayers (Cherokee) 49.69
2002 ….. Ahmad Rutherford (Willingboro) 50.40
2003 ….. Mike Morrison (Willingboro) 49.42
2004 ….. Chris Leonberg (Moorestown) 50.52
2005 ….. Phil Reid (Rancocas Valley) 50.33
2006 ….. Phil Reid (Rancocas Valley) 48.71
2007 ….. Antonio Abney (Willingboro) 50.03
2008 ….. Tyrone McRae (Willingboro) 49.57
2009 …..Keith Griffith II I(Florence) 48.66
2010 ….. Vinny Pini (Burlington Twp.) 49.16
2011….. Horace Steele (Cinnaminson) 49.46
2012….. Drew Viscidy (Cherokee) 49.29
2013….. Michael Williams (Lenape) 49.15
2014….. Daniel Joseph (Burlington Twp.) 49.80
2015….. Kenny Brosier (Willingboro) 48.70
2016….. Chase Campbell (Lenape) 48.90
2017 … Kenneth Karcher (Maple Shade), 48.56

Previous Maple Shade school record was 51.63 by Malcolm Jenkins at the 2012 BCSL meet.

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