Millville legend Raffael Craig wins Masters national title in high hurdles!!!!!

Millville’s Raffael Craig ran 8.57 seconds to win the 60-meter high hurdles in the 35-39 age group Saturday at the 2018 USATF National Masters Indoor Championships at the Prince George’s Sportplex in Landover, Md.

Craig, who grew up in Woodbine and now teaches social studies and coaches track at Millville, was second to teammate Robert Jordan in the 1999 Meet of Champions high jump as a Millville senior with a 7-0 clearance. Jordan cleared 7-2 in the 1-2 Millville finish.

The multi-talented Craig was also fifth in the high hurdles in 14.35 and sixth in the discus in that meet.

At U. Conn, he was 2000 Big East champ in the pentathlon.

Craig is scheduled to compete in the high jump on Sunday.


Rancocas Valley’s Danielle Steff throws a 10-foot javelin PR on her first collegiate throw!!!!!

Monmouth University freshman Danielle Steff made her college debut Saturday by placing second with a huge PR throw of 149-2 at the 49ers Classic at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center at the University of Charlotte (N.C.).

Steff, a graduate of Rancocas Valley, finished just nine inches behind Danielle Konopelski of Queens University of Charlotte, who had a winning throw of 149-11.

Steff set her previous career best in her last meet, throwing 139-0 at the National Scholastic Championships in nearby Greensboro, N.C.

Steff’s best throw outside the state of North Carolina is a 137-4 junior year at sectionals at Egg Harbor.

Steff got off six legal throws that averaged 134-8. She opened with the 149-2 winner — on her first collegiate throw — and also threw 137-5 and 137-11 in the trials, then closed with throws of 122-1, 125-5 and 136-4 in the finals.

Her 149-2 is sixth-best in the country early on in NCAA Division 1, according to the Direct Athletics database.

Steff’s former high school teammate, Temple freshman Julianne Foering, placed 10th with a throw of 126-5, also on her first attempt.

Eastern grad Pete Flacco opens his Monmouth career with a 206-foot throw in the javelin!!!!!

Junior Pete Flacco, a Westmont native and graduate of Eastern Regional High School, began his Monmouth University career in style Friday, throwing 206-0 in the javelin at the 49er Classic at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center in Charlotte, N.C.

That’s less than 3 1/2 feet off his career-best throw.

Competing in his first first career meet for a Division 1 school, Flacco qualified for the IC4A championships at Princeton in May.

Flacco opened with a 195-6 and followed with his 206-0, which earned him fifth place in a field of Division 1 and post-collegiate throwers.

He fouled on his third and sixth throws but added two more 200-footers on his fourth and fifth throws, a 203-8 and a 204-4.

Flacco was a two-time NJCAA junior college  Division III national champion in the javelin competing for Rowan College / Gloucester County in Deptford (former Gloucester County College) and last year was named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Field Event Performer of the Year.

Flacco has a PR of 209-4 1/2 set last year when he won the JUCO nationals at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.

But he was a late bloomer, throwing over 170 feet just once in high school, a 180-9 that got him fifth at the 2015 Meet of Champions after he got in as a wild-card with an eighth-place finish at the state Group 4 meet.

Flacco didn’t surpass 151 feet in the javelin until his senior year at Eastern.

Rowan men take 3rd at NCAA Division 3 indoor nationals – best finish in school history!!!

The Rowan DMR team placed fourth, broke the school record and earned All-America honors.

Rowan University’s men’s track team finished third at the NCAA Division 3 indoor championships this weekend, just four points out of first place.

Rowan scored 37 points and both the point total and the third place are the best in school history at the NCAA Division 3 indoor championships.

Rowan’s best previous finish at indoor nationals was a fourth in the 1999 meet.

Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio, scored 41 and North Central of Illinois was second with 40 points. Rowan was the only other school to surpass 30 points.

The Profs left Birmingham, Ala., with eight All-America selections. Terry, Bishop and Neville earned All-America status in two events.

The Profs scored 14 points in the high jump, where senior co-captains Harrison Escoffery of Hackensack and Jeffrey Jon Tucker of Eastern went 2-3 at 6-11 3/4 and 6-10 3/4.

Senior Bobby Cooks from McArthur High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla., scored eight points with a second-place finish in the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.04, and freshman Francis Terry of Sterling added four points with a fifth-place finish in the 400 in 48.40.

Rowan’s 11 other points came in two relays, and the Profs broke school records in both.

The team of junior Chris Mesiano of Schalick [49.6], freshman Justin Bishop of Mainland Regional [48.6], sophomore Nick Neville of South Brunswick [49.3] and Terry [47.5] ran 3:15.00 for fourth in the 1,600-meter relay, and senior Nick Nocco of Southern Regional, Bishop, Neville and senior Kevin Veltre of Brick Memorial took fourth in the distance medley in 9:58.49.

The former 4-by-4 record was 3:15.80, set in 1999 by the team of Julius Kinsler, Greg Arnett, Keith Kreiger and Rich Dixon. The previous DMR was a 9:58.72 set last week by the same quartet in a meet at Ithaca, N.Y. Before that it was a 10:03.46 set two years ago by Pat McCurry, Neville, Brandon Eldershaw and Walter Victor.

Egg Harbor’s Lauren Princz takes on top U.S. freshmen sprinters and runs #4 time in S.J. history at 60 meters!!!!!

Lauren Princz raced against some of the other top freshman sprinters in the country Sunday and the results were impressive!

Princz, a ninth-grader at Egg Harbor Township High School, placed fourth in the Freshman 60-Meter Dash at the National Scholastic Championships at the 168th Street Armory in Manhattan with a time of 7.66.

The 60 isn’t run as much on the high school level as the 55, but her time is still No. 3 in South Jersey history and only 13-100ths off the South Jersey record of 7.53 set in 2014 by Winslow’s Torie Robinson. It’s the fastest by a New Jersey freshman since Myasia Jacobs of Paramus Catholic ran 7.54 in 2009. She’s also the state record holder in the 60 with a 7.34 in 2011. It’s also No. 13 in state history.

Princz ran 7.68 in the trials before her 7.66 in the final. Trinity Possum of Braselton, Ga., won in 7.51.

She’s the daughter of 1998 Eagles draft pick Allen Rossum, who spent 12 years in the NFL and was a Pro Bowl returner in 2004 with the Falcons. Allen Rossum was also a star sprinter in high school.

Princz was second in the Meet of Champions at 55 meters this winter with a 7.18 and had a season-best time of 7.09 when she took third at Easterns. That was 2-100ths of a second off the school and Atlantic County record of 7.07 set in 1991 by Angela Clyburn.

Her 7.66 on Sunday converts to a 7.11 for 55 meters, so she was right on her PR pace for the slightly longer distance.

7.34 Myasia Jacobs [Paramus Catholic], 2011
7.45 Aleah Williams [Montclair], 1997
7.47 Dominique Booker [Immaculate Conception], 2009
7.50 Melisa Barber [Montclair], 1997
7.53 Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2014
7.55 Ogechi Nwaneri [Chatham], 2008
7.56 Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
7.57 Bria Mack [Williamstown], 2017
7.58 Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
7.61 Jenna Harris [Franklin Twp.], 2003
7.62 Georgina Nembhard [Ocean Twp.], 2007
7.64 Haisha Bisiolu [Union], 2014
7.66 Jamie Walker [Haddon Heights], 2007
7.66 Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2018
7.67 Sydney Hawkins [Phillipsburg], 2017
7.69 Racquel Vassell [East Orange], 2005
7.70 Denesha Ransome [Irvington], 2014
7.70 Cleopatra Morrison [Long Branch], 2014

Cinnaminson’s Kamron Kobolak BOMBS a Burlington County record 62-7 for fifth and All-America honors at nationals!!!!!

Cinnaminson senior Kamron Kobolak shattered his own Burlington County shot put record when he placed fifth at the National Scholastic Indoor championships with a throw of 62-7 3/4 at the 168th Street Armory in Manhattan.

Kobolak broke his own county record of 61-3 set on Feb. 6 at the Cherokee Throwdown No. 3 in Marlton.

Before that, the county record was 60-0 1/2 set by Ell Ash of Willingboro at the 2004 Easterns.

So Kobolak in the span of  about five weeks has added 2 1/2 feet to the Burlington County record. He’s also surpassed Ash’s outdoor county record of 60-6 1/2, set at the 2004 Burlington County Open.

Kobolak opened with a 55-2 1/2, a foul and then a 59-3 3/4 that got him into the finals, where he bombed the PR on his first attempt before finishing with two fouls.

Patrick Larrison of Oklahoma City won with a 67-6 throw.

Kobolak’s throw is No. 4 in South Jersey indoor history, behind only Braheme Days Jr. of Bridgeton [70-8 in 2012], Ray Wilks of Bridgeton [63-11 in 1995] and Nick Pulli of West Deptford [63-1 3/4 in 2014]. Kobolak know ranks No. 22 in state indoor history.

On the overall South Jersey indoor / outdoor combined list, Kobolak moved up to No. 8.

Here are two lists: The all-time state indoor list and the all-time South Jersey combined list:

71-9 1/2 … Nick Vena [Morristown], 2011
70-8 … Braheme Days Jr. [Bridgeton], 2012
67-3 … Kevin DiGiorgio [Bayonne], 1998
67-1 3/4 … James Gilligan [Toms River East], 2008
66-6 … Glen DiGiorgio [Bayonne], 2002
65-10 … Steve Adams [St. Joe’s Montvale], 1970
65-6 … Jordan West [Rahway], 2017
65-2 1/2 … Greg Cortina [Hun], 1971
64-5 3/4 … Luke Grodeska [St. Rose], 2016
64-5 1/4 … Bruce Heide [Springfield], 1975
64-5 1/2 … C.J. Licata [Gill St. Bernard’s], 2018
63-11 … Ray Wilks [Bridgeton], 1995
63-8 1/2 … Mike Alleman [Scotch Plains-Fanwood], 2008
63-8 1/4 … Rudy Guevara [Essex Catholic], 1971
63-6 … Ron Klotzer [Union], 1974
63-5 1/2 … Aaron Echternacht [Hopewell Valley], 1991
63-2 1/2 … Uzoma Orji [Matawan], 2002
63-1 3/4 … Nick Pulli [West Deptford], 2014
62-11 1/2 … Stephen Mozia [Hackensack], 2011
62-11 … Keith Rzewuski [St. Joe’s Metuchen], 1998
62-9 1/2 … Christopher Staton [Franklin Twp.], 2012
62-7 3/4 … Kamron Kobolak [Cinnaminson], 2018
62-4 … Tyrone Garland [Matawan], 1993
62-2 1/4 … Brian Cortina [Hun], 2005
62-1 1/2 … Bob Vorhies [Our Lady of the Valley], 1977

70-8 … Braheme Days Jr. [Bridgeton] 2012 [I]
64-10 1/2 … Jon Kalnas [Paulsboro], 1997 [o]
64-6 1/4 … Ron Dayne [Overbook], 1996 [o]
64-5 … Ray Wilks [Bridgeton], 1995 [o]
64-4 1/4 … Chris Robinson [Penns Grove], 1990 [o]
63-1 3/4 … Nick Pulli [West Deptford], 2014 [i]
63-0 … Lou Gordon [Bridgeton], 1995 [o]
62-7 3/4 … Kamron Kobolak [Cinnaminson], 2018 [I]
61-10 1/2 … Harry Dilts [Pitman], 1971 [o]
61-6 … Josh Awotunde [Delsea],  2013 [o]
61-4 1/2 … Bubba Green [Millville], 1976 [o]
61-4 … Kofi Yamoah [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013 [o]
61-3 … Kamron Kobolak, Cinnaminson [2018] [i]
61-2 1/4 … Matthew Huckabee, Timber Creek [2010] [o]
60-3 … Donate Rivera, Pleasantville [2012] [o]
60-0 1/2 … Ell Ash, Willingboro [2004] [i]

Rowan’s Escoffery and Tucker place 2nd and 3rd in high jump at NCAA D-3 championships!!!!!!

Senior co-captains Harrison Escoffery and Jeffrey Jon Tucker of Rowan University placed second and third in the high jump Saturday at the NCAA indoor track championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Stefan Duvivier of Tufts cleared a personal-best 7-2 1/2 on his second attempt for the win. He missed one try at 7-3 3/4 before calling it a day. He entered with a PR of 6-9 3/4.

The meet record is 7-3 1/4, set in 1993 by Ken Hoffman of St. Olaf.

Tucker, an Eastern graduate, passed at the opening height of 6-3 1/2 and cleared 6-5 1/2 on his first attempt, then passed all three attempts at 6-7 1/2, since clearing it wouldn’t have helped him move up. He made 6-9 on his second try, then cleared a season-best 6-10 3/4 on his first attempt, moving past Escoffery and into second place.

Escoffery, from Hackensack, had entered at 6-5 1/2, passed at 6-7 1/2 and cleared 6-9 on his first try, then 6-10 3/4 on his second and 6-11 3/4 on his third, to regain second place from his close friend and teammate. He missed three tries at 7-1 but as it turned out he would have had to clear 7-3 1/4 to win.

Tucker has a PR of 7-0 1/2 from a meet in Winston-Salem, N.C., in February of 2015 but his best this year was a 6-9 3/4 last weekend at Ithaca.

Escoffery PR’d at 7-0 1/4 last month in a meet at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island, N.Y.