EHT’s Princz ties 19-year-old Atlantic County record in the 55-meter dash!

Egg Harbor Township freshman Lauren Princz tied the Atlantic County record in the 55-meter dash this weekend.

Princz, in her first major invitational as a high school sprinter, placed third in the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Staten Island with a time of 7.18. She had run 7.32 in the trials.

She finished behind Ashley Seymour of Bullis School in Potomac, Md., who won with a personal-best 7.06, and former national age-group 55, 100 and 200 champion Najiya Cornish of Ursuline in Wilmington, Del., who ran 7.11.

Princz tied the Atlantic County record of 7.18 set in 1998 by Sherese Price of Pleasantville. Price was a Meet of Champions champ in the high hurdles outdoors and also Big East runner-up for Villanova in 2002.

Price ran her 7.18 in the trials of the 1998 Meet of Champions at Jadwin Gym before placing fourth in the final.

Princz’s time is also No. 1 in the state this year. Her time is also fastest by a South Jersey freshman since Olympic gold medalist English Gardner of Eastern ran 7.04 back in 2010.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey 55-meter dash list:

  • 6.73 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1981
  • 6.88 … Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979
  • 6.91 … English Gardner (Eastern), 2010
  • 6.95 … Bria Mack (Williamstown), 2017
  • 6.95 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.), 2014
  • 6.95 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983
  • 7.00 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000
  • 7.01 … Aliyah Taylor (Rancocas Valley), 2017
  • 7.03 … Iyanli Kollock (Our Lady of Mercy), 2017
  • 7.05 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996
  • 7.07 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012
  • 7.07 … Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2009
  • 7.07 … Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 1999
  • 7.07 … Angela Clyburn (Egg Harbor Twp.), 1991
  • 7.09 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow Twp.), 2012
  • 7.09 … Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
  • 7.11 … Jamie Walker (Haddon Hts.), 2006
  • 7.12 … Assante Johnson (Camden), 2009
  • 7.14 … Shonda Burroughs (Vineland), 1999
  • 7.17 … Nia Lawrence (Pemberton), 2013
  • 7.17 … Kiara Lester (Deptford), 2014
  • 7.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
  • 7.18 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1997
  • 7.18 … Lauren Princz (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2018
  • 7.19 … Latoya Benson (Washington Twp.), 2001
  • 7.19 … Adia Starnes (Timber Creek), 2017
  • 7.20 … Medina Salaam (Camden), 1974
  • 7.20 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
  • 7.20 … Fametta Lewis (Wilson), 2007
  • 7.20 … Tacquaya Tobias (Our Lady of Mercy), 2010
  • 7.20 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
  • 7.20 … Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011

Cinnaminson’s Kobolak bombs the shot an indoor PR and SJ #1 55-10 at the Bennett Center!!!

Cinnaminson senior Kamron Kobolak bombed a two-foot indoor shot put PR Saturday, winning the South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at the Bennett Center with a 55-10 3/4.

Kobolak’s previous indoor PR was a 53-10 1/2 two weeks ago in a SJTCA meet also at the Bennett Center. His overall PR is a 58-1 to win last year’s state Group 2 meet outdoors.

Kobolak’s throw is best by a Burlington county thrower in 14 years, since Willingboro’s Ell Ash set the county indoor record of 60- 1/2 while winning 2004 Easterns at the Armory.

It’s also No. 7 all-time in Burlington County history indoors and No. 2 in the state this year, behind only C.J. Licata of Gill St. Bernard’s School in Somerset County. Licata threw 69-9 3/4 last weekend at the Jim Mitchell Invitational at the Armory.

Here’s the all-time Burlington County indoor top-10:

60- 0 1/2 … Ell Ash (Willingboro), 2004
58- 5 ……. Kareem McKenzie (Willingboro), 1997
57- 2 3/4 … Tati White (Willingboro), 1993
57- 2 1/4 … Gil Winters (Willingboro) 1990
57- 1 1/4 … James Coleman (Bordentown), 1990
57- 0 1/4 … Gerald Williams (Rancocas Valley), 2000
55-10 3/4 … Kamron Kobolak (Cinnaminson), 2018
55- 1 ……. Nigel Walker (Willingboro), 1996
54-11 1/2 … Dzigbodi Ababio (Willingboro), 2000
54- 7 1/2 … Joel Bewley (Moorestown), 1987

Pennsauken freshman Pope clears 5-4 in first career high school high jump competition!!!

Pennsauken freshman Jade Pope won the high jump with a 5-4 clearance Wednesday at the second South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

It was her first official high school high jump competition.

Four girls cleared 5-0 or better, which is pretty good this early in the season. Tionna Tobias of Winslow and Kenady Wilson of Willingboro both cleared 5-2 and Kassidy Mulryne of Allentown cleared 5-0. (Kennedy-Wilson could have been a dual meet in the mid-1980s!)

Pope’s 5-4 is the top mark in South Jersey in the early going this year and No. 2 in New Jersey.

Pope is the first South Jersey freshman to clear 5-4 or better indoors since Mary Durek of Shawnee in 2009. Derek cleared 5-6 that winter and went on to win the state Group 3 meet and place third in the Meet of Champions.


The top two women freshman long jumpers in NCAA Division 3 compete for Rowan!!!

Promise Fadahunsi is the top freshman woman long jumper in NCAA Division 3. She competes for Rowan.

Oluwapelumi Adesina is the No. 2-ranked freshman woman long jumper in NCAA Division 3. She competes for Rowan.

The Profs have three of the top 17 long jumpers in the country so far, according to the Direct Athletics database, and Fadahunsi and Adesina are ranked No. 6 and 11 overall and No. 1 and 2 among athletes carrying a freshman designation indoors.

Junior Michelle McCauley, ranked 17th overall, gives Rowan three underclassmen at 17-6 or better just a few weeks into the season.

Fadahunsi, a graduate of Monroe Township High in Jamesburg, and Adesina, who competed scholastically at Rahway, are the only Division 3 freshmen who have jumped 17-9 or better.

Fadahunsi surpassed the 18-foot barrier at the Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals meet at Rauch Fieldhouse in Bethlehem, jumping 18-1 on her second attempt in the trials.

Adesina reached 17-9 1/2 when she placed third at the Lehigh Season Opener, also at Rauch Fieldhouse. She and Fadahunsi actually both went 17-9 1/2 on their second attempt of the finals, with Fadahunsi getting second based on a superior second-best jump.

Asia Young of Rider via Holy Spirit won the event with a 19-3 1/2, five inches off her Rider indoor school record set last year.

McCauley, a Franklin grad, was second in the Fast Times meet with a 17-6 1/2 on her third attempt of the trials.

Two more Rowan long jumpers, sophomores Angel Rowe out off Passaic County Tech and Kari DiTonno from Livingston, are closing in on the 17-foot mark. Rowe has jumped 16-10 and DiTonno 16-8 3/4.

The whole group is chasing the indoor school record of 18-1 3/4, set three years ago by Jamie Thompson at the NJAC meet at the Armory.

Fadahunsi’s high school PR was 19-1 1/2, good for third place this past spring in the Meet of Champions. She also ran as fast as 11.93 in the 100, so look for her to do some sprinting this spring as well.

Adesina’s PR in high school was only 16-6, so she’s already shown some remarkable improvement. That 16-6 came indoors when she placed 10th at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic two years ago this week at the Armory in New York.

In first race ever for Rowan, Sterling grad Francis Terry breaks 50 and wins Lehigh Invitational!!!!!

Rowan’s Francis Terry is the fastest freshman in NCAA Division 1 in the 400-meter dash after a 49.96 opener in a meet at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse.

Terry, who ran scholastically at Sterling, is ranked fifth overall nationally. Direct Athletics converted his time to 49.18 because it was run on an under-sized track.

Terry edged teammate Anthony Salemo, an intermediate hurdles All-America, for the win. Salemo ran 50.92.

Terry set his 400 PR of 49.37 when he was second to Luke Colehower at the 2016 Camden County meet at Haddon Township.

His indoor 400 PR of 49.72 came when he was fifth at Easterns as a senior.

Terry ran last spring for Neumann College in Aston, Pa., where he won the 200-meter dash at the Colonial State Athletic Conference championships at Gwynedd-Mercy College in 22.35 after a PR 22.01 in the trials.

He didn’t run indoor track for Neumann, so he carries freshman eligibility this winter at Rowan.

Terry also ran the second leg on Rowan’s 1,600-meter relay team, which placed first in 3:24.67 – No. 8 nationally. Salemo, Chris Mesiano from Schalick and Hunter Barbieri from Egg Harbor also ran.

R.V.’s Aliyah Taylor destroys South Jersey 300-meter dash record in season opener!!!

Rancocas Valley senior Aliyah Taylor, who was hurt much of last year, is healthy again and opened the 2017-18 season in explosive fashion Saturday, breaking the South Jersey record in the 300-meter dash at the Bishop Laughlin Games.

Taylor ran 39.42, breaking the South Jersey record of 40.27, set two years ago by Deptford’s Kiera Lester in the same meet but on a different track.

Lester ran 40.27 when the Laughlin Games were held at the 168th Street Armory. The meet is now held at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Center in Staten Island.

Taylor had run only one 300 before this weekend, and that was a 42.07 running for Pemberton High at the North Shore Invitational in 2015, also at the Armory.

On Saturday, Taylor ran 41.49 in the trials, which was only the sixth-fastest qualifying time. But in the final, she lowered that by a full two seconds, placing second to Cameron Hinton of Franklin, who ran 2-100th of a second in a second section of the two-race final. Hinton is a transfer from Bullis School in Potomac, Md., where she ran 55.29 last year.

Taylor’s time is No. 5 in New Jersey history, behind Olympian Sydney McLoughlin of Union Catholic (36.82 in 2017), Columbia’s Olivia Baker (38.73 in 2014) and Paramus’s Myasia Jacobs (39.28 in 2012). It’s also No. 4 nationally in the early going.

The previous Burlington County record was Taylor’s 42.07 in 2015. Before that it was 42.67 by Kristen Frombach, also of R.V., in 2014.

Delsea grad Gerstenbecher opens college career at B.U. with huge 200-meter dash win!!!

Boston University freshman Cecelia Gerstenbacher won the 200-meter dash at the Boston University Season Opener at the B.U. Track and Tennis Center over the weekend.

It was Gerstenbacher’s first career collegiate race.

Gerstenbacher, a four-time state Group 2 champ at 55, 100 and 200 meters at Delsea, ran 24.71 to edge junior Patrice Williams of Northeastern, who ran 24.91.

Her time is No. 17 in NCAA Division 1 in the early-going and third-fastest by a freshman, according to the Direct Athletics database.

Gerstenbacher also ran the second leg on Boston University’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, teaming with Jordan Coverson, Leah Fowlkes and Carissa Stots to run 3:49.18.

Gerstenbacher’s 200 PR indoors is 24.52 from last year’s Easterns, when she was second to Winslow’s Shakira Dancy.

Her overall 200 PR is 24.45, set on her home track at Delsea in last year’s Tri-County meet, where she was second to Williamstown’s Bria Mack.