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.