Booker wins 200, pockets four medals in historic Meet of Champions performance!!!!!

Martin Booker’s final Meet of Champions in a Pennsauken uniform was a historic one. Booker joined a very small group of New Jersey boys to medal four times in the same Meet of Champions.

How many have done it? We’re working on that. It’ll take some time to research but it’s safe to say it’s single digits. It’s rare to even qualify in four events, much less compete in all four … much less medal in all four.

Let’s take a look at Booker’s busy afternoon at Northern Burlington Regional High School in Mansfield!

100-METER DASH TRIALS

Booker opened the day by running 10.80 in the 100-meter dash trials into a 1.7 meters-per-second wind. He had the third-fastest qualifying time, behind only Mario Heslop of Franklin Township (10.75) and Marvin Morgan of Neptune (10.76).

400-METER RELAY

Then it was off to the 4-by-1, where Booker teamed up with sophomores Donovan Hines and Nahzir Russell and junior Braheem Whitfield to run 41.57 and place second to Heslop and Franklin Township, who ran 41.49.

Pennsauken’s time is No. 13 in state history (Franklin is No. 10) and No. 8 in South Jersey history. The previous school record was a 47.86 two weeks ago at the Central Jersey Group 3 meet.

The Times are second- and fourth-fastest in meet history (the 4-by-1 was added in 2010). Timber Creek ran 41.45 in 2014 and 41.50 in 2015. Deptford was right there, too, placing third in 41.74, just a fraction off its school record of 41.71 set earlier this year.

In all, the race produced three of the five-fastest times in meet history.

All-Time New Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
40.92 .. Winslow, 2003
41.0h … Plainfield, 1980
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.2h … Weequahic, 1972
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.46 … Franklin Twp., 2016
41.49 … Franklin Twp., 2017
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.52 … Plainfield, 1998
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.65 … Trenton, 1999
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Salem, 2017
41.71 … Deptford, 2017
41.71 … Teaneck, 2010
41.72 … Plainfield, 1998
41.74 … Rahway, 1985
41.5h … Westfield, 1978
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.82 … Neptune, 2009
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Westfield, 1977
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.6h … Montclair, 1984
41.6h … Montclair, 1972
41.91 … Irvington, 2005
41.92 … Perth Amboy, 2017
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001
41.98 … Plainfield, 2000

All-Time South Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
40.92 … Winslow, 2003
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Salem, 2017
41.71 … Deptford, 2017
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.92 … Perth Amboy, 2017
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001

All-Time Meet of Champions 4×1 List
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.49 … Franklin, 2017
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.74 … Deptford, 2017
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.86 … Franklin, 2016
42.03 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
42.05 … Pennsauken,
42.07 … Salem, 2016
42.09 … Oakcrest, 2012
42.10 … Paramus Catholic, 2014

100-METER DASH FINAL
OK, back to Booker!

After the 4-by-1, Booker was back on the track for the 100-meter dash final, and he ran well, taking fourth in a loaded field in 10.81 into a 2.3-meter wind.

Salem’s Jonathan Taylor out-raced Heslop, the Franklin sophomore, to win his second straight Meet of Champions title in 10.64. Heslop was second in 10.68, with Neptune’s Marvin Morgan third in 10.73 and Booker fourth.

200-METER DASH FINAL
Then it was off to the 200 for Booker!

The race was run into another strong headwind, this time 2.5 meters-per-second, and only two runners in the final section broke 22 seconds (along with one in the third section, run with a 2.3 wind).

But Booker came out on top with a 21.57, really a tremendous time into a strong head-wind. His PR is 21.39, so he was within a fifth of a second of that running into the wind.

Paul VI’s Antonio Tarantino, a junior who has run as fast as 21.21 this year, was second in the seeded heat, but he was bumped by Taj Burgess of Carteret, who ran 21.75 in the third race.

With the win, Booker and his father became the first father-son duo in Meet of Champions history to win Meet of Champions titles. Martin Booker Sr. won the 110-meter hurdles in 52.2 in 1981 and went on to a stellar career at Villanova. He now coaches at Willingboro.

1,600-METER RELAY
Booker wasn’t done yet!

The 4-by-4 was his last race of the day, and Booker didn’t disappoint. He split 48.45 and Pennsauken placed fifth in 3:19.09, with Russell, Whitfield and sophomore Donte Jamison.

Four races, four medals, and a historic day for Booker!

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2 thoughts on “Booker wins 200, pockets four medals in historic Meet of Champions performance!!!!!

  1. Coach Ruck June 11, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Willingboro ran 41.69 at the Penn Relays in 1982, not 1991.
    Keep up the good work.

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  2. Dominique Booker June 12, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    My brother has completed the booker legacy ! We are too proud.

    Like

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