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.