Deptford JUST misses 400-meter relay final at nationals, places ninth in the country with another sub-42 time!!!!!

It was an excruciating wait for Deptford, which ran 41.83 in the fourth heat of the 400-meter relay trials at nationals Saturday, then fell an agonizing 3-100ths of a second from qualifying for the finals.

Deptford’s record-setting 400-meter relay quartet of senior James Bettis and juniors Tyriq Bundy, Javon Sanders and Khion Smith still wound up a very impressive ninth in the country with a 41.83 at the National Scholastic Championships at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

There were seven rounds of the 400-meter relay trials, and Deptford was in the fourth of the seven races. The eight fastest teams advanced to Sunday’s final.

The Spartans won their heat and with three races to go they were sitting fourth. Two teams ran faster in the fifth heat and two more in the sixth, so with the final race on the track, Deptford was in the eighth and final spot.

That’s when Spartanburg of South Carolina ran 41.46, bumping Deptford from eighth to ninth and out of the championship race.

Still, as frustrating as that was, Deptford’s 400-meter relay team had a historic season.

Deptford won the state Group 3 title in 41.72 and the Meet of Champions in 41.47. That time is No. 6 in South Jersey history and No. 9 in state history. It’s also No. 2 in Meet of Champions history, behind only Timber Creek’s 41.45 in 2014.

Let’s take one last look at where Deptford ranks all-time in state and South Jersey history in the 400-meter relay:

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
41.47 … Deptford, 2018
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
41.47 … Deptford, 2018
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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