Bridgeton and Deptford locked up in an epic 400-meter relay battle Saturday, a race that produced the two-fastest times in South Jersey this year.
In the South Jersey Group 3 race at Delsea, Bridgeton finished 8-100ths of a second ahead of Deptford, with Bridgeton running a S.J. #1 42.20 and Deptford just behind in 42.28.
Bridgeton’s previous season-best was a 43.18 at the Cape-Atlantic meet, and Deptford’s previous season-best was a 42.31 at the Eastern Regional Relay Championships.
Both schools ran under the Group 4 meet record of 42.86, set in 2014 by Delsea.
They also ran under the South Jersey sectional all-group record of 42.40, set last year by Jonathan Taylor and Salem in Group 1. Taylor this past fall rushed for 1,977 yards for Wisconsin as a true freshman, the third-most rushing yards in NCAA Division 1 history by a freshman.
The 42.20 appears to be a Cumberland County record, breaking the mark of 42.80 set by Millville at the 2008 Woodbury Relay. Deptford set the Gloucester County mark of 41.55 at nationals last year.