Here’s your handy links to State Championships Meet records, order of events, all-time winners, performance lists and much more!!!!! GET YOUR STATE TRACK ON!!!!!

Click below for all-time state champions, meet records, meet program, classifications, performance lists and more!

All-time boys state team champions

All-time girls state team champions

Boys states meet records

Girls states meet records

Official Meet program with meet records and order of events

Spring Classifications

Official Entry Lists [Groups 1, 4, Parochial A]

Official Entry Lists [Groups 2, 3, Parochial B]

 

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Woodstown’s Ta’riq Thomas finishes brilliant career with two more All-America honors at NCAA D-3 nationals

Ta’riq Thomas, already the most decorated athlete in Delaware Valley College history, earned two more All-America honors at the NCAA Division 3 nationals at La Crosse, Wisc.

Thomas placed second in the long jump with a 24-11 1/4 jump and third in the triple jump with a personal-best 49-10.

He’s now a SEVEN-TIME NCAA Division 3 track All-America for the Doylestown-New Britain, Pa., school.

He’s also a three-time Middle Atlantic Conference Field Event Athlete of the Year, a nine-time MAC champion and a three-time Mideast Region Athlete of the Year.

Thomas averaged 24-6 on his six attempts in the long jumps, with a best of 24-11 1/4 on his first jump of the competition. He had to settle for second behind a Beamonesque jump by Montclair’s George Alexandris, a graduate of Fair Lawn – like Woodstown, a Group 1 school.

Alexandris broke the NCAA Division 3 record with a wind-aided 26-foot leap after beginning the day with a PR of 24-9.

The second-place finish is Thomas’s best ever in the long jump at nationals.

In the triple jump, Thomas’s PR 49-10 jump came on his third jump. Just like the long jump, he had a very consistent series, with a 49-0 opener, a 48-5 1/2, the PR 49-10, then a 48-7 and a 48-10 1/2 before he closed with a foul.

Thomas matched his best outdoor finish in the triple jump with his third place. He’s earned All-America honors in the triple jump alone five times.

Here’s a look at Thomas’s seven career All-America performances:

2018 outdoors
Long Jump – 24-11 1/4 [2nd]
Triple Jump – 49-10 [3rd]
2018 indoors
Long jump – 23-7 [3rd]
2017 outdoors
Triple jump – 47-10 3/4 [6th]
2017 indoors
Triple jump – 48-1 1/2 [2nd]
2016 outdoors
Triple jump – 48-8 1/4 [3rd]
2015 outdoors
Triple jump – 48-3 3/4 [6th]

One other note: In the triple jump, Stockton’s Jared Lewis, a Deptford graduate, placed sixth, earning his NINTH All-America honor. More on Jared soon!

Camden blazes its way to its fastest 4×1 time in 11 years in speedy sectional win!!!

Camden ran its fastest 4-by-1 in 11 years Saturday, winning the South Jersey Group 2 title in 42.42 and just missing the meet record.

Junior JaJuan Hudson, junior Ra’Mer Nock, senior Damon Rice and sophomore Hakeem Evans became the first Camden 400-meter relay team to win a sectional title (the 4-by-1 started in 2013), beating Barnegat by two meters on the Delsea track.

It was Camden’s fastest 4-by-1 since 2007, when the Panthers team of Ameer Waughs, Sherman Goree, Syteek Farrington and Chuckie Waughs placed third in the Large-School Championships at Penn with a 42.66 after a 42.58 in the heats. That group ran as fast as 42.05 at Woodbury.

Camden fell 1-100th of a second shy of the South Jersey Group 2 record of 42.41 set in 2016 by Mar-Quel Davis and Deptford and 2-100ths of a second shy of the overall South Jersey sectional mark of 42.40, set last year by Jonathan Taylor and Salem.

Camden and Barnegat are the top two seeds at states and the only two Group 2 schools that ran under 43 seconds at the various sectional meets.

Camden’s time is No. 6 in the state this year and No. 3 in South Jersey, behind only Bridgeton [42.20] and Deptford [42.28].

Nobody in state history has been as routinely fast over the years in the 4-by-1 as Camden, which owns five of the top 12 times in state history. Here’s a look at Camden’s fastest times … and don’t be surprised if this year’s team breaks into this list by the Meet of Champs!

41.09 … 2000
41.25 … 2004
41.25 … 2001
41.54 … 2002
41.62 … 2003
41.7h … 1996
41.83 … 1997
42.05 … 2007
42.07 … 2005

Rice was also second in the 400 [50.63], fifth in the 100 [10.98] and sixth in the 200 [22.65] for the Panthers. Hudson and Evans ran second and fourth in the 110 highs [14.96, 15.08], and Guest also ran on Camden’s fourth-place 4-by-4 team.

 

Don’t miss Hunter Barbieri’s story of determination & persistence and what it took for him to earn a spot on Rowan’s All-America 4×4 team!

What the results show is impressive enough. Rowan placed fifth in the 1,600-meter relay at NCAA Division 3 nationals in La Crosse, Wisc., with a time of 3:11.47 — their fastest time this year.

The all-South Jersey quartet of freshmen Hunter Barbieri of Egg Harbor Township and Justin Bishop of Mainland Regional, junior Chris Mesiano of Schalick and senior Jamil Jackson of Highland helped the Profs finish third at nationals with 27 points, nine points behind national champion Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio.

What the results don’t show is exactly what went into that performance.

Rowan placed third at indoor nationals in 3:15.00 with a lineup that didn’t include Barbieri (or Jackson).

Being left off Rowan’s 4-by-4 lineup indoors was tough for Barbieri, but the road from being bypassed indoors to earning All-America honors outdoors is one that once again shows why track and field athletes are truly a different breed.

In a powerful Instagram post that illustrates exactly why this sport is so unique and so inspirational, Barbieri wrote about the disappointment of being left off Rowan’s 4-by-4 indoors and how it drove him to make sure it didn’t happen again.

step0001-4.pngIn case that is too small, Barbieri wrote: “Finally an All-American…. Not being included in the finals for our teams 4×4 relay during the indoor season after being in it for prelims destroyed me mentally. So many emotions but not many words as I watched my relay go on to take 3rd in the finals without me. After that happened to me for a second time in consecutive seasons i had no want or desire to be on the track anymore. I wanted to be done with it because this is the only sport that has ever caused me that much pain mentally and physically. But deep down after getting past the pain something clicked. I needed to work harder and harder than I ever have before to get what i wanted. Every single day i was working harder on the track and in the weight room and my teammates were right by my side pushing me along. I dropped my pr (personal record) by a full second in the last 3 weeks of the season. My 4×4 splits were dropping into consistent 48 lows. I saw all the hard work paying off and finally seeing results felt amazing. I had one personal goal going into this outdoor season and that was to make sure i gave my coaches absolutely no reason to take me out of my relay and this week i dropped two 47.8 and 47.6 splits off the leadoff leg of our 4×4 at nationals. We killed it and i couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to do it with. You have to want to be successful as much as you want to breathe and boy was this a breath of fresh air.”

Just another example why track is the best sport ever!

Rancocas Valley grad Erika Kemp, now an N.C. State senior, heads to NCAAs after winning East Regional 5,000!!!!!!

step0001-3Erika Kemp, a North Carolina State senior from Rancocas Valley, advanced to the NCAA Championships by easily winning the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary meet in Tampa on Saturday.

Kemp ran 16:06.17, finishing 30 meters ahead of Georgia sophomore Jessica Drop, who was second in 16:12.58. She led for about the final five laps, or the final 2,000 meters.

The top five finishers from each of two heats along with the next two-fastest times from each of two regions advanced to the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.

Kemp has a lifetime-best of 15:43.28 last month at the Mt. SAC Relays, but certainly an unpressed 16:06 in a race that isn’t designed for fast times is very encouraging.

This will be Kemp’s third trip to outdoor NCAAs. Her best previous finish was 13th in the 5,000 in 15:59.26 last spring at Eugene’s Hayward Field.

She also ran the 5,000 in the 2016 indoor nationals in Birmingham and the 2017 nationals in College Station, Texas, earning All-America honors in 2016 with a fifth-place finish in 15:58.00. She placed 11th in 15:59.19 this past winter. She also earned All-America in cross country when she placed 17th at nationals in the fall of 2016 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Haddon Heights sophomore Cydney Thomas records #1 discus throw in South Jersey this year with SJ-1 title!!!!!

Haddon Heights sophomore Cydney Thomas bombed a personal-best and South Jersey-best in the discus at the South Jersey Group 1 meet at Washington Township.

Thomas added four feet to her PR and school record of 123-3, set at the Rowland Relays last month. Her mark is No. 3 in the state and No. 1 in the state Group 1.

The official meet program lists the meet record as 124-0 set in 2009 by Pitman’s Chelsea Cioffi, but Palmyra’s Tomara Carmichael actually threw 130-9 at the 2016 S.J. Group 1 sectionals. But Thomas will get two more shots at that.

The top four Group 1 throwers going into states next weekend are from South Jersey — Thomas, Pitman senior Hannah Cioffi (who presumably is related to Chelsea Cioffi) at 123-11, senior Zyra Thomas of Schalick at 115-9 and Paulsboro junior Amaya Reed-Clark at 110-11.

Last year, the top four finishers at Group 1 states were from South Jersey, but the top three were seniors. Thomas finished fourth and is the top returner.

Thomas is the first Haddon Heights girl to win a sectional discus title since 2004, when Rebecca Taylor won the South Jersey Group 2 title with a 102-1 throw.

Thomas also placed second in the shot put with a throw of 39-10 1/4. That’s an outdoor PR, breaking a 38-8 1/4 from the Camden County Championships. Thomas has a 40-7 1/2 from the indoor Meet of Champions

Zion Howard, a Moravian freshman from Moorestown, earns All-America status with breakthrough 200 race at NCAA Division 3 nationals!!!!!!

step0001-2Moravian freshman Zion Howard, a Moorestown graduate, earned All-America honors this week with a breakthrough fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in La Crosse, Wisc.

Howard arrived at nationals with a PR of 21.52 from a meet at Muhlenberg College in Allentown in April but after a 21.79 in the trials into a 5 meters-per-second wind he ran 21.42 in the final, finishing only 8-100ths of a second out of second place.

Howard was the 20th and final qualifier for the 200 with his 21.79.

Howard finished the year as the No. 2 freshman in the country, behind only national champ Rodrick Miller of Wisconsin-Platteville, who had a 21.06 and won the national title in 21.17.

“All year long Zion has stepped up to his competition, it didn’t matter the meet or stage he was on, he was never intimidated by the moment and clearly that was the case this weekend,” Moravian coach Jesse Baumann said on the Moravian web site.

“Assistant Coaches Steve Rahn and Sarah Werner did a great job preparing him for this moment and knowing when he needed rest like this past week or needed a push.

“He was ready to perform when the moment was there, so I give credit to all three. You can’t ask for a better way to end an amazing freshman campaign and this is only the beginning for him.”

Howard, a wide receiver on Moravian’s football team, ran in the shadow of Brandon Outlaw at Moorestown. Outlaw ran 46.82 for 400 meters at Moorestown and recently finished his freshman year at Virginia, where he had a 47.18 to medal in the ACC meet.