Performance lists for all 12 state meets can be found HERE!

Who’s seeded where? Who’s strong in which events? How do the state meets shape up?

The NJSIAA has released the performance lists for the 12 state meets coming up starting Friday at Egg Harbor and Northern Burlington.

Click here to check them out!

BOYS
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Non-Public A
Non-Public B

GIRLS
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Non-Public A
Non-Public B

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HOW THEY WON IT: Haddon Township boys squeeze out dramatic two-point win over Schalick in SJ Group 1!!!

Schalick ran well. Haddon Township ran just a little bit faster.

Going into the 4-by-4, Schalick led Haddon Township 63-62 in the South Jersey Group 1 meet.

With the meet in the balance, Schalick ran a six-second season-best in the 1,600-meter relay despite racing by themselves in an unseeded heat. Really an incredible performance.

Kason Barrett, Juan Casino, Jared Golembski and Greg McGuire ran 3:30.32 in the first section of 4-by-4.

That put a ton of pressure on Haddon Township in the next section.

The Hawks had to run faster to win the team title. But their best time this year was 3:33.40.

But the Hawks did exactly what they had to do. The team of juniors Owen Vermette and Jerrod Green, senior Jake Howley and freshman Aidan McEarlean ran a big season-best 3:28.77 for fourth place, 48-100ths of a second ahead of Glassboro.

That bumped Schalick to sixth overall and gave Haddon Township the team title by a tight 66-64 margin at Egg Harbor.

The team title is the seventh for Haddon Township, following Group 2 titles in 1971 and 1972 and Group 1 titles in 1989, 1991, 2012 and 2015.

Only Penns Grove (15), Willingboro (15), Winslow/Edgewood (13), Woodbury (13), Bridgeton (10), Camden (8) and Haddonfield (8) have won more sectional titles among South Jersey programs.

As always, Haddon Township scored big in the distance races, netting 30 in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

In the 800, Jake Howley won in 1:58.53 and junior Jerrod Green ran fifth in 2:03.37. Junior Patrick Mulligan ran 9:46.24 to win the 3,200 and 4:29.95 for second in the 1,600 and 18 points.

Green, Howley and Mulligan also ran on Township’s winning 3,200-meter relay team, which ran a 16-season-best of 8:11. Justin Shaw also ran a leg.

Freshman Aidan McEarlean cleared 5-10 in the high jump, picking up seven points with a second-place tie, sophomore Brian Burns placed in both hurdles races, 58.22 for third in the intermediates and 16.15 for sixth in the highs (after a PR 15.74 in the trials) and senior Eric DiCrescenzo threw 49-0 for third in the shot and 129-9 for fifth in the disc.

 

 

HOW THEY WON IT: Coppolino High School 60, Haddonfield 51

Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. Up next: Sterling girls!

OK, the Coppolino twins got a whole lot of help from their teammates. But Madison and Sydney, Sterling’s tireless twin juniors, did score enough points at sectionals to win the South Jersey Group 2 title by themselves.

Madison edged Sydney with both at 5:10 and change in a 1-2 finish in the 1,600, Sydney ran 2:13.91 to lead a 1-4 finish with Madison in the 800, Madison won the 3,200 in 11:09.41 and Sydney won the 400 in 57.74 and was second in the 400 intermediates in 1:03.63 — 1-100th of a second behind Camden’s Lenaami Morton.

That’s 18 points in the 1,600, 14 in the 800, 10 in the 400 and 10 in the 3,200 and eight in the intermediates.

That’s 60 points from one family, enough to beat second-place Haddonfield, which scored 51.

The South Jersey Group 2 title at Delsea was the third sectional team championship in a row for Sterling, which also won the 1982 championship.

In all, Sterling scored a whopping 148 points, so this was far more than the Sydney and Madison Show.

There was Aliya Harrison, who had a fast sprint double, winning the 100 in 11.91 (read about it here) and the 200 in 25.13 and anchored a season-best 49.25 second-place 4-by-1 after legs by Carly Fox, Janell Rowe and Lori Stratton.

There was a fast 4-by-8, with Natalia Weitzel, Madison Coppolino, Saraly Gonzalez and Leyna Jewell running 9:45.24 for second place.

There was Stratton winning the pole vault with a 10-6 clearance and scoring in the long jump and Rowe picking up two second places with two PRs – a 17-5 3/4 in the long jump and 37-11 1/2 in the triple.

There was Sammy Callahan, Natalie Weitzel, Saraly Gonzalez and Jewell running 4:08.11 for fifth in the 1,600-meter relay.

And there were the throws. Taylor Carter threw the shot a career-best 37-6 1/2 for third, and Gonzalez and Lauren McCann went 2-5 in the javelin, Gonzalez throwing 123-10 and McCann 104-10.

Also, Jewell was fifth in the 800 in 2:23.05, Stratton was fifth in the intermediates in 1:08.06 and Jessie Klenk took sixth in the pole vault at 9-0.

 

Links to all From The Backstretch Stories from Friday and Saturday are right HERE

It’s been a busy couple days filled with tremendous performances both from South Jersey’s high school track stars and its alumni, and you may have missed something, so here are quick links to everything we’ve written the last two days on From the Backstretch!

Just click the title!

Much more to come Sunday!

FRIDAY
Long-time javelin rivals Thompson, Mirabelli advance to NCAA Championships
Benjamin, Toliver qualify 1-2 in high hurdles at NCAA Division 3 nationals
Woodard bombs PR 185-10 to advance to NCAA discus championships
Cinnaminson piles up 24 points with 1-2-3 shot put sweet in SJ-2
Moorestown’s Outlaw breaks meet record, runs all-time SJ #5 400
Historic 400-400IH double for Eastern freshman Jewel Ash in SJ-4
Salem senior Jonathan Taylor opens M-of-C defense with PR 10.49
Kingsway’s Rachel Vick runs No. 6 1,600 in South Jersey 
Day 1 results from all the sectionals 

SATURDAY
South Jersey quartet, led by Bria Mack, rewrites 100-Meter Dash record book
South Jersey Group 4 400-meter dash was fastest and deepest in meet history
Camden’s Morton runs fastest high hurdles time by a South Jersey runner this year
Pennsauken’s Booker out-races loaded field with #4 all-time S.J. time in 200
Rowan’s Salemo becomes first Rowan athlete to win national title in 19 years
HOW THEY WON: Cinnaminson amasses 45 field event points on way to SJ-2 team title
Complete South Jersey and Central Jersey sectional results
HOW THEY WON IT: Schalick used depth and relay strength to win 5th sectional crown
HOW THEY WON IT: Moorestown boys won first sectional title in 43 years
Kingsway’s Vick fashioned one of the greatest distance triples in NJ history
Cherokee grad Woodard adds shot put to NCAA discus qualifier

Cherokee grad Woodard easily qualifies for NCAA championships in shot a day after advancing in the discus!!!!!

Oklahoma junior Jessica Woodard, who threw a personal-best 185-10 to qualify for the NCAA championships in the discus on Friday, advanced to nationals in a second event Saturday when she placed fourth in the shot with a 56-8 3/4 at the Western Regional preliminaries at the University of Texas in Austin.

Woodard, the only woman in the U.S. who’s thrown 60 feet in the shot and 185 in the disc this year, had a series of 52-7 1/4 / 56-8 3/4 / 55-7. The top 12 throwers advanced to the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.

Woodard, a native of Marlton and graduate of Cherokee High School, was one of only two women to qualify in both the shot and discus out of the Western Regional. Maggie Eden of Arizona State was second in the shot and fourth in the discus.

From the East, Emmanie Henderson of Louisville, Dannielle Thomas of Kent State and Janeah Stewart of Mississippi qualified for both throws.

Kingsway’s Rachel Vick just recorded one of the greatest distance triples in New Jersey history!!!!!!

OK, this is insane.

Rachel Vick lowered her 1,600 PR from 4:59.78 to 4:52.88.

She lowered her 800 PR from 2:18.59 to 2:13.00

She lowered her 3,200 PR from 10:47.60 to 10:32.53.

And she did it all without really being pushed. In the span of 24 hours.

Vick, a senior at Kingsway, turned in one of the greatest triples in New Jersey track history this weekend at the South Jersey Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor.

She reduced her PRs a combined 27.56 seconds, or more than nine seconds per race and entered the all-time pantheon of New Jersey distance stars.

Simply unbelievable.

Vick’s performance is the second-fastest sectional distance triple in South Jersey history and most likely the second-fastest in state history as well. Still have a little research to do on that one.

Vick became only the sixth girl in New Jersey track history to run 2:13.00, sub-4:53 and sub-10:35 in an entire career! And she did it in 24 hours!!!!!

Only two-time Olympian Erin Donohue in South Jersey history has had a triple that fast in any meet. Jodi Bilotta and Janet Smith, who ran in Central Jersey in the mid-1980s, may have had similar one-meet triples. Still researching that!

Vick goes into the state Group 4 meet as the top seed in the 1,600 and 3,200 and the No. 3 seed in the 800. Overall, based on all the sectionals state-wide, she No. 4 in the 800, No. 1 in the 1,600 and No. 2 in the 3,200, behind only Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge, who ran 10:31.12 at the Group 3 meet at Delsea.

Oh, and Vick also anchored Kingsway’s winning 3,200-meter relay team, joining up with sophomore Morgan Robinson,, senior Destiny Stanford and junior Alexis Mullarkey to run 9:28.36, third-fastest 4-by-8 from among all the sectional meets.

Let’s take a look at the five other girls who’ve run as fast as Vick … these are some absolute legends of New Jersey track and field:

Michelle Rowen, Washington Township, 1982, 1983: Why hasn’t Vick broken any county records? Because of Rowen. She ran 2:10.1 in 1982, 4:41.52 in 1982 and a state record that still stands of 10:12.8 in 1983.

Erin Donohue, Haddonfield: Legendary Olympian had PRs of 2:08.87 in 2001, 4:41.16 in 2000 and 10:28.6 in 2001. At the 2001 Group 2 sectionals, she ran 2:12.8, 4:49.8 and 10:28.6 – and won the javelin at 141-7.

Ciara Roche, Freehold Township: Ran 2:09.88 in 2016, 4:47.90 in 2016 and 10:33.09 in 2015. Roche did not run the 3,200 in 2016.

Jodie Bilotta, North Hunterdon: The remarkable Bilotta ran 2:09.1 in 1988, 4:47.7 in 1987 and 10:18.0 in 1987

Melanie Thompson, Voorhees: Thompson, like Roche, needed two years to run those times. She ran fast in the 800 and 1,600 in 2009 — 2:10.14 and 4:46.28 — but she didn’t have a fast 3,200 that year. She did run 10:17.18 in 2008, when she won the Meet of Champions.

We already wrote Friday about Vick’s 1,600 – you can read that story here – but let’s take a look at Vick’s historic weekend event-by-event.

800-METER RUN: Her time is No. 16 in South Jersey history but only No. 5 in Gloucester County history, behind Rowen, Ruth Lockbaum, Felicia O’Donnell and Kingsway’s Liz Locke.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey 800 list:

2:07.33 … Marielle Hall (Haddonfield), 2009
2:08.87 … Erin Donohue (Haddonfield), 2001
2:09.2h … Katrina Sye (Buena), 1999
2:09.50 … Renee Tomlin (Ocean City), 2005
2:10.1h … Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1982
2:10.57 … Nijgia Snapp (Oakcrest), 2009
2:10.79 … Krista Ferrara (Vineland), 1991
2:10.9h … Ruth Lockbaum (Glassboro), 1985
2:11.07 … Miya Johnson (Lenape), 2007
2:11.56 … Mary Bohi (Seneca), 2009
2:12.0h … Monica Olkowski (Cherokee), 1990
2:12.61 … Felicia O’Donnell (Delsea), 2009
2:12.63 … Liz Locke (Kingsway), 2010
2:12.83 … Brooke Kott (Millville), 2008
2:12.85 … Greta Feldman (Haddonfield), 2008
2:13.00 … Rachel Vick (Kingsway), 2017

1,600-METER RUN: Vick moved into the No. 6 spot on the all-time South Jersey list in the 1,600. Here’s the entire state list:

4:37.45 … Danielle Tauro [Southern Reg.], 2006
4:41.16 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2000
4:41.61 … Josette Norris [Tenafly], 2013
4:41.52i,y … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
4:42.1h,y … Doreen Ennis [Nutley], 1973
4:43.92 … Ajee’ Wilson [Neptune], 2010
4:44.90 … Molly McNamara [Red Bank Catholic], 2011
4:45.36 … Liz Lansing [Randolph], 2013
4:45.57 … Claudia DiSomma [Sparta], 2010
4:45.97 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2014
4:46.28 … Melanie Thompson [Voorhees], 2009
4:46.32 … Sarah Disanza [High Point Reg.], 2013
4:46.4h … Margaret Scutro [Ridgewood], 1985
4:46.87 … Jill Smith [Southern Reg.], 2007
4:46.95 … Ariann Neutts [Roxbury], 2009
4:47.71 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2007
4:47.7h,y … Jodi Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1987
4:47.90 … Ciara Roche [Freehold Twp.], 2016
4:48.23 … Christina Cancan [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2016
4:48.48 … Kylene Cochrane [West Morris Central], 2014
4:48.62 … Katy Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
4:48.73 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
4:48.82 … Catherine Pagano [Northern Highlands], 2014
4:49.11 … Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2005
4:49.7h … Karen Ahern [Bernards], 1985
4:49.88 … Marin Warner [Holmdel], 2014
4:50.0h,y … Christine Engel [Mount Olive], 1992
4:51.38 … Grace Dwyer [Nottingham], 2014
4:51.54 … Joelle Amaral [Randolph], 2011
4:51.56 … Julia Guerra [Indian Hills], 2015
4:51.5h,y … Joetta Clark [Columbia], 1978
4:51.63 … Stephanie Snyder [Randolph], 1992
4:51.86 … Amanda Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
4:51.89 … Laura Quintana [Bernards], 2013
4:51.7h,y … Meg Waldron [Bernards], 1983
4:51.99 … Dana Giordano [Bernards], 2012
4:52.1h,y … Janet Smith [North Edison], 1984
4:52.41 … Kaitlyn Mooney [Southern Reg.], 2016
4:52.44 … Emily Bushey [Vernon Twp.], 2013
4:52.46 … Jenn Ennis [Roxbury], 2006
4:52.65 … Lindsay Gallo [Howell], 2000
4:52.74 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2015
4:52.7h … Stacy Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1984
4:52.88 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:52.95 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2009

3,200-METER RUN: And finally the 3,200, where Vick moved into the No. 7 spot in South Jersey history.

Vick actually doesn’t even hold the Kingsway 3,200 record. That belongs to Chelsea Ley, who ran 10:19.31 in 2008. That makes Kingsway one of only six schools in state history with two girls under 10:33. The others are North Hunterdon, Red Bank, Voorhees and Ridgewood.

ALL-TIME N.J. 3,200 LIST
10:12.8h … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1983
10:13.44 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2007
10:15.02 … Sarah Disanza [High Point Reg.], 2013
10:17.18 … Melanie Thompson [Voorhees], 2008
10:17.28 … Katy McCafferty [Oak Knoll], 2008
10:18.0h … Jodie Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1987
10:18.24 … Mackenzie Barry [Mendham], 2012
10:18.7h … Janet Smith [North Edison], 1983
10:19.31 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2008
10:20.40 … Dana Giordano [Bernards], 2012
10:21.46 … Grace Dwyer [Nottingham], 2015
10:22.02 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
10:22.87 … Courtney Thompson [St. John Vianney], 2014
10:25.33 … Megan Curham [Villa Walsh], 2013
10:26.14 … Elyssa Gensib [Princeton], 2012
10:26.1h … Christi Constantin [Kittatinny], 1988
10:26.47 … Katy Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
10:26.56 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2014
10:26.59 … Colette Richter [Mountain Lakes], 2012
10:27.44 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
10:27.74 … Colette Whitney [Voorhees], 2010
10:28.25 … Kaitlyn Mooney [Southern Reg.], 2016
10:28.35 … Kelly Janokowicz [Hillsborough], 2012
10:28.11 … Amanda Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
10:28.6h … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001
10:29.79 … Sarah Pagano [Immaculate Heart], 2008
10:28.80 … Caroline Kellner [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2012
10:29.97 … Carleen Jeffers [Ridgewood], 2015
10:30.57 … Dina Iacone [Washington Twp.], 2012
10:30.75 … Sam Halvorsen [Ridgewood], 2016
10:31.6h … Cate Guiney [Middletown South], 1999
10:31.6h … Lindsay VanAlstine [Hawthorne Christian], 2003
10:31.93 … Jenn Ennis [Roxbury], 2006
10:32.51 … Shannon Goria [River Dell], 2016
10:32.53 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
10:32.4h … Mindy Rowand [Sterling], 1985
10:32.86 … Nicol Traynor [Ridge], 2007
10:33.09 … Ciara Roche [Freehold Twp.], 2015
10:33.21 … Dana Klein [Gill-St. Bernard], 2014
10:33.22 … Holly Bischof [Bishop Eustace], 2011
10:33.25 … Megan Venables [Highland], 2010
10:33.9h … Jenna Rogers [Ridgewood], 1994
10:34.04 … Katie Kellner [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2009
10:34.60 … Catherine Pagano [Northern Highlands], 2014
10:34.5h … Patti Mileski [Ridgewood], 1983
10:34.5h … Sandra Tignor [Princeton], 1988
10:34.79 … Theresa Cattuna [Cherry Hill East], 2007
10:34.92 … Sierra Castaneda [West Morris Central], 2015

HOW THEY WON IT: Moorestown’s Howard, Rieger and Phelps combine for SEVEN PRs to support Outlaw & Fox!!!!!

Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. Up next: Moorestown boys!

Brandon Outlaw and Kevin Fox are Moorestown’s two studs. Outlaw ran a meet-record and all-time South Jersey No. 5 46.82 in the 400 on Friday — you can read all about that race here — and Fox raced his way to two second-places at sectionals this weekend with a 1:55.64 and 4:26.62.

The real heroes for Moorestown at Bernards High on its way to its first sectional title in 43 years — 43 YEARS!!!!! — were seniors Zion Howard and Hunter Rieger and freshman Christian Phelps.

Why?

Howard, Rieger and Phelps medaled in a combined seven events and in the process set … SEVEN PERSONAL BESTS!!!

That’s what track’s all about! Getting better and performing when the stakes are the highest!

Let’s take a look!

ZION HOWARD: Placed third in the intermediates in 56.33, took fifth in the 200 in 22.32 and ran sixth in the 400 in 50.37 for nine big points for the Quakers. Howard’s previous PRs were 58.17 in the intermediates, 22.36 in the 200 and 50.49 in the open 400.

HUNTER RIEGER: Rieger scored 16 huge points with second-place finishes in both the long jump and high jump. Rieger cleared 6-4 and jumped 22-3. Previous PRs were 6-2 and 21-9 3/4

CHRIS PHELPS: And Phelps came out of nowhere to place in both the high jump and triple jump. He cleared 6-0 after never having done better than 5-8 before, and he went 41-3 1/4 in the triple, adding exactly a foot from his PR from the County Open. Phelps also PR’d in the long jump at 19-6 but did not place.

How big were those combined 33 points?

Moorestown, forced to travel 80 miles for its sectional meet, finished with an 81-70 margin of victory over Nottingham.

The sectional title was Moorestown’s third overall, the first two coming in 1972 and 1974.