Cherokee senior Justin Kelly runs final 800 in 2:09 on way to N.J. #1 3,200 at Holmdel Night of 3200s!!!

Senior Justin Kelly moved up to fourth on the all-time Cherokee 3,200-meter list when he ran a 2018 New Jersey-best 9:16.61 Friday night at the 11th annual Holmdel Twilight Series Night of 3200s.

Kelly was fastest of about 300 boys who ran in a series of races at Holmdel’s Bob Roggy Memorial Stadium.

Kelly’s previous 3,200 PR was a 9:29.28 in a meet at Cherokee in April of last year.

Kelly went out in 4:44 and came back in 4:32, including 2:09 for his final 800. He finished 15 meters ahead of indoor 1,600 Meet of Champions medalist Sameer Das of West Windsor-Plainsboro South, who ran 9:18.58. Nobody else was under 9:25.

Also for Cherokee, sophomore Chris Spisak PR’d in fifth place in 9:28.41 and sophomore Ethan Wechsler PR’d in 10th place at 9:31.06. In a separate race, another Cherokee sophomore, Chase Miller, PR’d at 9:31.31.

Spisak, Wechsler and Miller are the top three sophomore two-milers in New Jersey this year, according to the Mile Split database.

Here is the all-time Cherokee top-10:

9:01.89 … Marc Pelerin, 2002 [Golden West]
9:04.05 … Shawn Wilson, 2013 [Meet of Champions]
9:15.08 … Nick Falk, 2017 [Holmdel Night of 3200s]
9:16.61 … Justin Kelly, 2018 [Holmdel Night of 3200s]
9:17.17 … Keith Krieger, 2003 [Meet of Champions]
9:19.44 … Jack Shea, 2017 [S.J. Group 4 Sectionals]
9:24.84 … Alex Yersak, 2008 [Meet of Champions]
9:26.06 … Joe Halin, 2000 [Easterns (indoors)]
9:28.6h  … Steve Burkholder, 2010 [Varsity Classic (indoors)]
9:29.89 … Tom Yersak, 2004 [State Group 4]


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