Impressive South Jersey contingent of 10 athletes heading for USATF Nationals this weekend in Idaho!!!!!

Athletes from Florence, Haddonfield, Delsea, Rancocas Valley, Woodstown, Haddon Township, Williamstown, Cherokee, Absegami and Deptford are heading to Boise for this week’s USATF national championships.

Several South Jersey athletes just missed qualifying, including Penns Grove’s Jaymes Dennison in the 800 and Winslow’s Torie Robinson in the 100. Dennison in particular came very close, missing the field by just 5-100ths of a second.

Several who did qualify have elected to skip the meet, including Olympic gold medalists Nia Ali of Pleasantville in the 100 hurdles and English Gardner of Eastern in the 100 and Megan SaxvanderWeyden of Pennsville in the javelin.

The meet runs Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Here’s an event-by-event glance at South Jersey’s contingent at USATF nationals!

MEN’S JAVELIN [2:10 p.m. Saturday]
Curtis Thompson [Florence]
Thompson, the 2016 NCAA champion and Olympic Trials runner-up, will compete for the first time in nearly a year. Thompson is No. 15 in U.S. history with his 271-11 at the 2016 Trials.
Tim VanLiew [Deptford] 
The 28-year-old VanLiew has a PR of 261-2 from a meet in Tucson in the spring of 2016. He threw close to that last year with a 256-1 in East Stroudsburg last summer.

MEN’S 1,500 [3:55 p.m. Thursday]
Ford Palmer [Absegami]
Palmer has run 3:39.98 this year, No. 24 this year among U.S. men, from a meet last month at Swarthmore. His PR is 3:36.98 from a meet in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, in 2015.

WOMEN’S 5,000 [3:22 p.m. Sunday]
Erika Kemp [Rancocas Valley]
Kemp takes a PR of 15:41.43 into the race, a time she ran early in the season at Mt. SAC. She went on to place 10th at NCAAs, earning All-America status with a 15:48.62.
Marielle Hall [Haddonfield] 
Hall ran her 5,000 PR of 15:06.45 in Eugene in 2015, which is No. 16 in U.S. history, and she’s run as fast as 15:16.57 this fall, a mark she achieved a week and a half ago in Portland, Ore.

WOMEN’S 10,000 [7 p.m. Thursday]
Marielle Hall [Haddonfield]
Hall’s 10,000 PR is 31:37.45 from Palo Alto two springs ago. That ranks her No. 24 in U.S. history. She hasn’t run a 10,000 on the track since the Olympics, when she ran 32:39.32 on Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

WOMEN’S SHOT PUT [2:10 p.m. Sunday]
Jessica Woodard [Cherokee] 
Woodard is the No. 4 U.S. woman this year with her PR of 61-3 1/2 earlier this month. That ranks her No. 22 in U.S. history.

WOMEN’S DISCUS [2 p.m. Thursday]
Jessica Woodard [Cherokee]
Woodard ranks 10th among U.S. women this spring with a 190-9 in Austin back in March.

WOMEN’S JAVELIN [5 p.m. Thursday]
Brenna Smith [Haddon Township] 
Smith has a PR of 161-7 from a meet at Duke back in April. She’s one of three 160-foot throwers from South Jersey but the only one who entered nationals.

WOMEN’S 100-METER DASH [5:45 p.m. Thursday] 
Gabrielle Farquharson [Williamstown] 
Farquharson, a former Rutgers All-America in the long jump, 100 and 200, has a PR of 11.32 from the 2016 Big 10 meet.  She’s run 11.67 this year.

WOMEN’S 200-METER DASH [1:35 p.m. Saturday, 2:15 p.m. & 4:20 p.m. Sunday]
Gabrielle Farquharson [Williamstown] 
Farquharson’s 200 PR is 23.07 from 2016, and she’s run 23.68 this year.

MEN’S LONG JUMP [2:25 p.m. Sunday]
Tariq Thomas [Woodstown]
Just a month after graduating from Delaware Valley College, the seven-time NCAA Division 3 All-America heads to his first national championship as a late addition to the field. Thomas PR’d with a 25-9 1/2 in a meet at Widner last month.

MEN’S SHOT PUT [2:45 p.m. Saturday]
Josh Awotunde [Delsea]
Awotunde, fresh off his second-place finish at NCAA’s, has a PR of 69-11 3/4 from a meet this past winter. Awotunde was ranked 15th in the world with that mark indoors and has thrown 68-1 3/4 this spring

For the meet order of events, click here.

For a complete list of all entrants, click here.

For a list of the top U.S. performances in 2018, click here.

I’d love to link to the 2018 on-line meet program, but sadly there isn’t one.

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