Rowan 4×4 runs fastest NCAA D-3 time of 2018 at Penn Relays, closes in on 33-year-old school record!!!

Sterling High graduate Francis Terry’s 46.29 anchor split led Rowan University’s 1,600-meter relay team to the fastest time in NCAA Division 3 Saturday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The Profs ran 3:11.99 in the college championship race and finished just two seconds behind winner Hampton.

Terry’s 46.29 was second-fastest in the college championship race, behind only Albany anchor Myles Banfield, who ran 46.08.

Rowan opened with a 3:13.05 in Friday’s heats, which was 13th-fastest of 63 schools and by far fastest among Division 3 entries.

The Profs missed advancing to the Championship of America race by about 1 1/2 seconds [3:11.61 qualified] but did advance to Saturday’s college championship race, where they mixed it up with eight Division 1 schools and finished under 3:12.

Senior Anthony Salemo from Ramsey High and freshman Justin Bishop from Mainland Regional ran the first two legs for Rowan before senior Jamil Jackson from Highland spun a 47.65 and sophomore Terry anchored.

Rowan’s previous fastest time this year was a 3:16.00 at the Widener Invitational, although the Profs 3:15.00 to place third at the NCAA indoor championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Rowan ran less than two seconds off the school record of 3:10.10 set in 1985. That team included two South Jersey natives — Tommy Adams of Deptford and Ron Moore of Overbrook. Keith Thomas and Willie Lawson were also on that team 33 years ago.

Mainland girls run N.J. #3 shuttle hurdles time at Rowland Relays, move up on all-time S.J. list!!!!!

The Mainland Regional girls turned in one of the fastest shuttle hurdles performances in South Jersey history Saturday, winning the Division 2 race in a meet record 1:02.68 at the Rowland Relays at Haddon Township.

The team of seniors Nicole Lombardi, Yvette Assongba and Olivia Rzemyk and sophomore Clair Pedrick won the race by about 50 meters.

The time is third-fastest in New Jersey this year and fastest by a South Jersey school in four years. It’s No. 11 in South Jersey history and No. 2 by an Atlantic County school, behind Buena’s 2012 1:00.14 at New Balance Nationals.

Mainland broke the overall meet record of 1:03.62, set last year by Absegami, and broke the Group 2 record of 1:06.40 set in 2004 by Bridgeton by nearly four seconds.

Coming into the season, Mainland’s school record was a 1:05.66 from last year’s Rowan Open with a lineup that included Assongba, Lombardo and Rzemyk along with Alyannah Stover. Mainland lowered it to 1:05.22 at this year’s West Deptford Relays.

This list could be missing some times, but here’s my best initial effort at an all-time South Jersey girls shuttle hurdles list:

59.00 … Edgewood, 1999
59.79 … Pennsauken, 1999
1:00.14 … Buena, 2012
1:00.18 … Winslow Twp., 2014
1:01.17 … Woodrow Wilson, 2012
1:01.68 … Winslow Twp., 2002
1:01.6h … Woodrow Wilson, 2005
1:01.94 … Edgewood, 1998
1:02.0h … Moorestown, 1994
1:02.16 … Wilson, 2003
1:02.68 … Mainland Reg., 2018
1:02.86 … Edgewood, 2001
1:03.62 … Absegami, 2017
1:03.70 … Lenape, 2008
1:03.73 … Highland, 1998
1:03.79 … Camden, 2015

R.V. girls move up to #15 in S.J. history in 400-meter relay with 3rd place in Penn Relays Tri-State race!!!

Rancocas Valley’s girls placed third in the Tri-State 400-Meter Relay Championship at Penn Saturday with a 47.80, the 15th-fastest time in South Jersey history.

Kristina Tossas, Breccain McClenahan, Darynn Minus-Vincent and Aliyah Taylor finished behind only Cheltenham (47.39) and Union Catholic (47.55).

The Red Devils qualified for the Tri-State race with a 48.04 in its class race on Thursday.

Rancocas Valley ran 47.49 last year and is now only the fifth school in South Jersey history to run sub-48 in consecutive years.

Camden [1978-79], Willingboro [1980-81, 1994-95], Winslow [2011-13] and Eastern [2002-03] also did it.

46.87 … Eastern, 2003
46.98 … Winslow Twp., 2017
46.9h … Willingboro, 1980
47.18 … Winslow Twp., 2013
47.27 … Delsea, 2017
47.3h … Willingboro, 1981
47.45 … Willingboro, 1994
47.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
47.54 … Winslow Twp., 2003
47.4h … Camden,, 1978
47.4y … Camden, 1979
47.75 … Eastern, 2002
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2005
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2012
47.80 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
47.8h … Willingboro, 2003
47.82 … Moorestown, 2000
47.85 … Deptford, 2015
47.87 … Winslow Twp., 2011
47.9h … Willingboro, 1995
47.94 … Camden, 2000
48.0h … Camden, 1995
48.0h … Wilson, 2008
48.03 … Penns Grove, 2014
48.07 … Camden, 2006
48.08 … Winslow Twp., 2004
48.08 … Willingboro, 2009
48.09 … Lakewood, 2000
48.1h … Willingboro, 1979
48.12 … Washington Twp., 2001
48.14 … Camden, 1997
48.14 … Winslow, 2018
48.23 … Wilson, 2006
48.23 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015
48.24 … Camden, 2008

Deptford boys becomes first South Jersey school to run sub-3:20 this year with Penn Relays S.J. Small-School Win!!!!!

Deptford became the first South Jersey school to run sub-3:20 this year when the Spartans won the South Jersey Small-School 4-by-400 at the Penn Relays in 3:19.98 Saturday at Franklin Field.

Depford’s time is fastest in the Small-School race in 13 years, since Camden ran 3:18.30 with the team of Sherman Goree, Devon Burroughs, Kevin Payton and Carl Smith to win the 2005 race.

Tyrece Brown (51.19), Khion Smith (49.15), Hasan Hamilton (50.22) and Javon Sanders (49.43) teamed up to beat second-place Willingboro by about seven meters. Willingboro ran 3:21.16.

Deptford also won this race in 2016, with four different quarter-milers (Derrick Clement, Tyler Garland, Jahmir Ellis, Myles Davis), and in 2015 with Walter Victor, Anthony Hernandez, Shaquille Dixon and Eric Hill.

Deptford is only the second Gloucester County school to run sub-3:20 this decade. Deptford ran 3:18.18 back in 2015.

Camden was first across the line in 3:19.57 after a 47.84 anchor by Damon Rice Jr., but the Panthers were disqualified. Next-fastest split was a 48.96 by Paul VI’s Brian Brown.

Deptford actually ran faster than Rancocas Valley, which won the Large-School 4-by-400 in 3:22.60. Fastest split in the large-school race was by R.V. anchor Vince Brown (49.62).

Deptford’s 3:19.98 was third-fastest of all New Jersey schools, behind East Orange, which reached the Championship of America with a 3:16.59, and Union, which ran 3:18.54. The Spartans’ time was 20th-fastest of 510 schools that raced.

Deptford qualified for the Philadelphia Area 1,600-meter relay championship, scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Saturday.

Woodstown HS graduate Ta’riq Thomas wins Penn Relays long jump with Delaware Valley College school record!!!!!

step0001-2Woodstown High graduate Ta’riq Thomas, a senior at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, became a rare NCAA Division 3 winner at the Penn Relays Friday when he leaped an outdoor school-record 23-11 to win the college long jump by less than an inch over a field of Division 1 athletes.

Thomas, a five-time All-America, won by three-quarters of an inch over Cristian Constantin of Penn, who jumped 23-10 1/4 on his final attempt.

Thomas jumped 23 feet on all six of his attempts. He opened with a 23-1 3/4, then hit his 23-11 on his second attempt. He finished a very consistent series with 23-6 1/4, 23-5 1/2, 23-10 1/2 and 23-7 1/4.

Thomas became the first Delaware Valley athlete ever to win an event at the Penn Relays. Thomas and DVU teammate John Jones, who was 10th at 23-0 1/2, were the only Division 3 athletes in the field.

Thomas broke the school record of 23-10 set in 1985 by Brandon Newell. His mark ranks fourth in NCAA Division 3 this year. His previous outdoor PR was a 23-9 1/2 at a meet last weekend at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Thomas does have an indoor PR of 24 feet, set this past season in a meet at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

Thomas, who also ran on DVC’s 400-meter team Friday, is scheduled to compete in the triple jump Saturday at Penn.

Winslow grad Torie Robinson leads Clemson to Penn Relays Championship of America sprint medley title!!!!!

Winslow graduate Torie Robinson ran leadoff for Clemson’s sprint medley relay team, which won the Championship of America Friday at Franklin Field.

Robinson ran the leadoff 200-meter dash leg for Clemson, which ran 3:45.05 and won by 15 meters over second-place U. Conn, which ran 3:47.41.

Robinson, a senior, was joined by Rebekah Smith on the second 200, Fellan Ferguson on the 400 and Kamryn McIntosh on the 800-meter anchor leg.

Robinson also qualified for the college women’s 100-meter dash championship, which is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Saturday. Robinson ran 11.62 in Friday’s trials. She has a PR of 11.16 earlier this year in a wind-aided are and has a wind-legal PR of 11.31.

Robinson also ran on Clemson’s fourth-place 400-meter relay team, which ran 44.85 after a 45.09 in Thursday’s trials.

At Winslow, Robinson was a Meet of Champions winner in the 55-meter dash and 100-meter dash and an NCAA qualifier in the 100 last spring.

Rancocas Valley and Haddonfield run S.J. #1 and #2 times in the 4×8 at Penn but both barely miss Championship of America race!!!

Rancocas Valley and Haddonfield both dipped under eight minutes for the first time this year Friday morning in the 3,200-Meter Relays at the 124th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

R.V. placed 15th overall in 7:59.33 and Haddonfield 17th overall in 7:59.58 in a different race. Both just missed qualifying for the Championship of America.

The 12-fastest teams in the four races advance to the Championship race. The slowest qualifier Friday was Pennsbury of Bucks County, which ran 7:58.75.

So R.V. missed by about half a second and Haddonfield by just under a second.

But the two South Jersey powerhouses still posted the fastest times in South Jersey this year despite racing during a morning downpour.

Haddonfield ran first, in the first of two small-school races, and the Bulldogs placed fourth overall. Derek Gess led off with a 1:58.29 split followed by Ethan Spellman (1:57.60), Greg Eisenhower (2:02.16) and Martin Riddell (2:01.54).

Haddonfield didn’t run sub-8:00 last year but has now gone under five of the last six years, a remarkable record of consistency.

About 10 minutes after Haddonfield ran, Rancocas Valley was on the track for the third 4-by-8, the first of two large-school races. The Red Devils wound up sixth in the fastest race of the day, with six schools dipping under eight minutes.

Jake Tyndale (2:01.31), Vincent Brown (2:00.98), Ian Moore (1:58.97) and Micah Wood (1:58.09) ran for R.V.

This is the Red Devils’ fourth time under 8:00 in the last five years — all but 2015, when they missed by less than a second.

Of the 22 New Jersey schools in the field, only two ran faster than R.V. and Haddonfield. St. Benedict’s of Newark ran 7:57.62 and North Hunterdon ran 7:58.17, and both advanced to the Championship of America, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

Overall this year, R.V. and Haddonfield rank sixth and seventh among New Jersey schools this year.

Cinnaminson also ran well, clocking 8:08.90, just off its qualifying mark of 8:08.72 made in much better conditions.

Justin Arnold (2:03.53), Tom Ungvarsky (2:03.07), Austin Gabay (2:00.84) and Max Adams (2:01.47) ran for the Pirates.

Huge javelin PR at Penn Relays for Rancocas Valley graduate and Monmouth freshman Danielle Steff!!!

Rancocas Valley graduate Danielle Steff, a Monmouth University freshman, threw a PR 156-0 in the javelin Thursday at the 124th annual Penn Relays. Steff placed eighth, surpassing her previous PR of 149-10.

Steff opened with a 138-5, 144-11 and foul but advanced to the final, where she opened with a 153-6 and then a 134-9 before notching the PR on her final attempt.

At R.V., Steff had a javelin PR of 139-0 at last year’s New Balance Nationals. She threw 133-1 at Penn last year in the high school javelin competition, so that’s an improvement of more than 23 feet from last year’s Penn Relays to this year’s.

Her previous PR of 149-10 came last weekend at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va.

Steff’s 156-0 is third-best in Monmouth history.

Rowan senior Kevin Veltre PRs and places 9th in Penn steeplechase field loaded with Division 1 runners!!!!!

Rowan senior Kevin Veltre PR’d in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday evening at the Penn Relays with a 9:07.35, sixth-fastest in NCAA Division 3 this year.

Veltre, the only NCAA Division 3 runner in the field, finished ninth out of 35 Division 1 runners. His previous season-best was a 9:13.14 earlier this month in Princeton. His previous PR was a 9:09.85 in a meet last May at Swarthmore.

Veltre ran within seven seconds of the Rowan school record of 9:00.13 set in 1984 by Oakcrest graduate Ron Deckert.

Two other runners with South Jersey ties were in the field. Louis Corgliano of Maryland via Hammonton ran 9:12.0 and Mike Ungvarsky of Duke via Cinnaminson ran 9:18.81.

Winslow edges Rancocas Valley for 3rd straight Penn Relays S.J. Large-School 4-by-4 Relay title!!!!!

Winslow out-raced Rancocas Valley by two meters Thursday to win the South Jersey Girls Large-School 1,600-meter relay at the 124th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Winslow ran 3:55.79 and Rancocas Valley 3:56.09, the two-fastest times in South Jersey this year. The only New Jersey school that’s run faster this year is Union Catholic, which 3:54.38 Thursday at Penn.

Winslow and Rancocas Valley both qualified for the Philadelphia Area 1,600-Meter Relay Championships scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Saturday.

This is Winslow’s third straight S.J. Large-School 1,600-meter relay win, fifth in the last eight years and sixth overall.

Winslow is the first to win three straight since Willingboro won five straight from 1996 through 2000.

Nylah Perry [1:00.42], Flora Ahiarakwe [50.60], Shakira Dancy [57.61] and Janeya Hammond [58.16] ran for Winslow.

Aliyah Taylor [57.01], Darynn Minus-Vincent [58.93], Brianna Snowden [59.97] and Morgan Gallagher [1:00.20] ran for Rancocas Valley.

Of the 611 schools that raced the 4-by-400 Thursday, Winslow and Rancocas Valley were 24th- and 25th-fastest.

This is the 25th year Penn has had a South Jersey girls 1,600-meter relay. Willingboro has won seven times, Winslow six times, Camden and Wilson three times each, Seneca twice, Lenape twice and Cherokee and Washington Township once each.

Here’s a look at every winner in the event’s history:

2018 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.79
2017 … Winslow Twp., 3:51.84
2016 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.97
2015 … Lenape, 3:59.53
2014 … Lenape, 3:58.42
2013 … Cherokee, 3:54.98
2012 … Winslow Twp., 3:54.53
2011 … Winslow Twp., 3:57.63
2010 … Seneca, 3:56.90
2009 … Seneca, 4:02.63
2008 … Camden, 3:53.88
2007 … Washington Twp., 3:56.69
2006 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:50.81
2005 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:56.77
2004 … Winslow Twp., 3:54.61
2003 … Willingboro, 3:47.30
2002 … Willingboro, 3:51.45
2001 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:51.80
2000 … Willingboro, 3:53.15
1999 … Willingboro, 3:48.80
1998 … Willingboro, 3:53.55
1997 … Willingboro, 3:55.82
1996 … Willingboro, 4:00.45
1995 … Camden, 3:46.94
1994 … Camden, 3:50.45