Deptford and Bridgeton prepare for Meet of Champions 4-by-1 showdown after running two fastest times this year in New Jersey!!!!!

Bridgeton edged Deptford in the 400-meter relay at sectionals, and Deptford turned the tables on Bridgeton at states.

Going to be quite a showdown at the Meet of Champions!

Deptford and Bridgeton ran the two-fastest 400-meter relays in the state in the Group 3 race at Central Regional Saturday, Deptford with a 41.72 and Bridgeton in 48.05.

At sectionals, Bridgeton ran 42.20 and Deptford 42.28.

Juniors Javon Sanders, Tyriq Bundy and Khi’on Smith and senior James Bettis made up Deptford’s 4-by-1 team. Bridgeton used seniors Basil Williams and Revell Williams and juniors Shamar Love and Taz’Mire Burton.

Deptford missed the meet Group 3 record of 41.71 set by last year’s Spartans team of Smith, Bundy, Mar-Quel Davis and Jaythan Vereen.

Deptford and Bridgeton will be in lanes 4 and 5 Saturday afternoon at the 40th annual Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington, and both will be chasing not only each other but the meet record of 41.45 set in 2014 by Timber Creek.

Deptford’s 41.72 is No. 15 in South Jersey and 17-100ths of the Gloucester County record set by last year’s Deptford quartet at nationals. Bridgeton’s 42.05 lowered the Cumberland County record, which was that 42.20 at sectionals.

Interesting to note that Deptford’s time is also No. 23 in state history. Which means 15 of the 23-fastest times in state history have come from South Jersey schools.

Also interesting to note that Deptford has joined a very small group of schools that has run this fast in back-to-back years. The others would be Camden (2000-04), Franklin (2016-17), Timber Creek (2013-14) and Winslow (2003-04).

All-Time New Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
40.92 … Winslow, 2003
41.0h … Plainfield, 1980
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.2h … Weequahic, 1972
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.46 … Franklin Twp., 2016
41.49 … Franklin Twp., 2017
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.52 … Plainfield, 1998
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.55 … Deptford, 2017
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.65 … Trenton, 1999
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Salem, 2017
41.71 … Teaneck, 2010
41.72 … Deptford, 2018
41.74 … Rahway, 1985
41.5h … Westfield, 1978
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.82 … Neptune, 2009
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Westfield, 1977
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.6h … Montclair, 1984
41.6h … Montclair, 1972
41.91 … Irvington, 2005
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001
41.92 … Perth Amboy, 2017
41.98 … Plainfield, 2000

All-Time South Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
40.92 … Winslow, 2003
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.55 … Deptford, 2017
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Salem, 2017
41.72 … Deptford, 2018
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.86 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001

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