Pennsauken’s Booker out-races loaded 200 field with #4 time in South Jersey history!!!!!

Martin Booker Jr. took a massive chunk out of his 200 PR on Saturday, ripping up the Bernards High School track in 21.39 — No. 4 in South Jersey history and fastest in seven years.

Booker broke the Central Jersey Group 3 meet record of 21.4, set hand-timed by Clark Waddell of Franklin Township in 1983.

His previous PR was 21.72, when he was second at last year’s Meet of Champions.

Booker led four sprinters under 22 seconds. Tyson Cousar of Ewing, Marvin Morgan of Neptune and Brandon Outlaw of Moorestown were next across the line in 21.70, 21.75 and 21.89.

Booker avenged a rare loss at 100 meters on Friday, when Morgan ran 10.62 and Booker was second in 10.76 – which is a PR.

One note about the all-time South Jersey 200-meter list: At the South Jersey Group 4 race in 2012, the first three runners across the line ran times that none of them had ever approached and none approached again. It’s clear there was some sort of timing irregularity with that race, so in the all-time list we’ve included the fastest legal times where applicable for those three runners, and they are listed in a separate list with questionable timing.

That said, here’s the updated all-time South Jersey list, with Booker the fastest by a South Jersey sprinter since T.J. Johnson of Egg Harbor Township ran 21.30 in 2010.

21.06 … Dennis Mitchell (Edgewood), 1984
21.14 … Reuben McCoy (Winslow Twp.), 2004
21.30 … T.J. Johnson (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2010
21.39 … Martin Booker Jr. (Pennsauken), 2017
21.40 … Rob Gary (Lenape), 1998
21.40 … Todd Dutch (Washington Twp.), 2001
21.40 … Jamaad Muse (Timber Creek), 2012
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
21.52 … Fabian Santiago (Oakcrest), 2012
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

Race with Questionable Timing
21.00q … Fabian Santiago (Oakcrest), 2012
21.24q … Jamaad Muse (Timber Creek), 2012
21.38q … Reginald Morton (Oakcrest), 2012

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