The first S.J. athlete to win a U.S. track title was 112 years ago!!! The most recent was Saturday!!! Here’s a list of every S.J. athlete that’s won a U.S. title!!!!!

When Florence High graduate Curtis Thompson won the javelin this weekend at the U.S. Track Championships, he continued a tradition that began 112 years ago.

That’s when Almonesson native and four-time Olympic gold mealiMel Sheppard ran 1:55.4 to win the 880-Yard Run at the U.S. Championships in New York. It was the first of five national titles for Sheppard, who grew up in Clayton, moved to what is now Deptford Township when he was 9 and lived later in Haddonfield and Philly.

 

 

MEN
2018
Curtis Thompson [Florence], Javelin [249-3]

1999
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 100-Meter Dash [9.97w]

1996
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 100-Meter Dash [9.92]

1993
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 110-Meter Hurdles [13.19]

1992
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 100-Meter Dash [10.09]
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 110-Meter Hurdles [13.13]

1991
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-4 1/4]

1990
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.05]
Vince Labosky [Holy Cross], Javelin [261-3]

1987
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 200-Meter Dash [20.12]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-4 1/2]

1986
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [9.91w]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-5 1/2w]

1983
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.27]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 200-Meter Dash [19.75]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-10 1/4]

1982
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.11]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [27-10]

1981
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.13]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-3 1/2]

1957
Charles Pratt [Palmyra], Decathlon [7,164]

1956
Charles Pratt [Palmyra], 200-Meter Hurdles [22.8]

1955
Charles Pratt [Palmyra], 220-Yard Hurdles [23.5]

1912
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:57.4]

1911
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:54.9]

1908
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:55.6]

1907
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:55.2]

1906
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:55.4]

WOMEN
2016
English Gardner [Eastern], 100-Meter Dash [10.74]

2013
English Gardner [Eastern], 100-Meter Dash [10.85]

1986
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-9w]

1985
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-8 1/2w]

1983
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-8]

1982
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-4 1/4]

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One thought on “The first S.J. athlete to win a U.S. track title was 112 years ago!!! The most recent was Saturday!!! Here’s a list of every S.J. athlete that’s won a U.S. title!!!!!

  1. Rod Coon June 25, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Hi Roob.

    I have an addition for your list of SJ athletes that have won USA track and field titles. Frances Ruppert of Riverton, NJ and Palmyra High School, my hometown and former high school, also won a couple of national championships.

    According to American Women’s Track and Field: A History, 1895 Through 1980, Volume 1:

    “In 1923 the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), now the governing body for women’s track and field in the country, staged the first national track and field championships. The meet was the foundation which launched the annual women’s national competition that exists today as the USA men’s and women’s national track and field championships.”

    The meet was held in Newark, New Jersey at Weequahic Park on September 29, 1923.

    She was part of the Meadowbrook Club of Philadelphia women’s 440-yd relay that set an American record with a time of 52 ⅔. The other members of the squad included Dorothy Bough, Grace Rittler, and Madeline Adams. In addition, Ruppert also won the 100-yd dash in 12.0, tying the American record.

    In 1924, she defended her 100-yd dash title, again in 12.0.

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