EHT’s Lauren Princz registers FAST sprint double at the Armory, breaks Atlantic County indoor 200 record!!!!!

Egg Harbor sophomore Lauren Princz put together a fast early-season 55-200 double at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic this weekend at the the Armory.

Princz ran 7.12 for third in a very fast 55-meter dash and 24.92 in the 200 trials before a 24.99 for fourth in the 200 finals.

The Marine Corps Classic brings together some of the fastest sprinters from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the sprint fields in particular were loaded, so it was a great chance for Princz to mix it up with some of the country’s fastest girls.

In the 55, Princz opened with a 7.16 in the trials before her 7.12, which had her just behind Toshel Goffe of Paul Robeson Campus in Brooklyn, who ran 7.04, and Victoria Perrow of Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C., who ran 7.06.

Princz’s 7.12 is No. 1 in New Jersey this year. The three girls are now ranked No. 2, 4 and 7 in the U.S., according to the MileSplit rankings.

Princz, the freshman 100 winner at the New Balance nationals last spring and Meet of Champions 200 champ, ran within 3-100ths of her 55 PR this weekend. She ran 7.09 for third at Easterns last winter.

In the 200, Princz’s 24.92 was fourth-fastest qualifier, and she wound up fourth in the two-section final, which was won by Leah Phillips of the Bullis School in Potomac, Md. Phillips is a multiple national champ in the high hurdles and intermediate hurdles.

But this was a strong result for Princz, whose previous indoor PR in the 200 was a 25.29 for second at last year’s Meet of Champions. Princz ran as fast as 23.90 outdoors, her winning time at the M-of-C.

Princz moved up to No. 9 on the all-time South Jersey indoor 200 list and also broke the Atlantic County record of 25.11 set in 2006 by Pleasantville’s Nia Ali, the Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey sub-25 indoor 200 list:
24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.[, 2017
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.52 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2017
24.61 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
24.5h … Jennifer Jackson [Eastern], 2003
24.78 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996
24.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2014
24.92 … Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor], 2019
24.93 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
24.94 … Shardae Anderson [Paulsboro], 2005
24.96 … Toni Glatz [Delsea], 2017

Kameron Smith, Nate Robertson give Willingboro a rare pair of 6-6 high jumpers!!!!!

Sixteen years ago, two Willingboro high jumpers — Mike Morrison and Dijon Thomas — went 1-2 in the high jump at the Meet of Champions, Morrison clearing 7-0 and Thomas 6-8 at South Brunswick.

This isn’t quite the same thing, but it’s close.

Boro juniors Kameron Smith and Nate Robertson both cleared 6-6 at the South Jersey Track Coaches Association Winter Meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River this week, the top two jumps by South Jersey high jumpers so far this winter and No. 2 and 3 in the state behind Trenton’s Christian O’Neal, who has a 6-7 to his credit.

It was 2003 when Morrison cleared 7-4 1/4 at the Nike Indoor Classic — at the time the No. 3 jump in U.S. scholastic indoor track history — before going on to a much-decorated career at Florida.

Since then, no Willingboro jumper has gone higher than 6-6 indoors. Isaac Williams, best-known as a hurdler, had a 6-6 at the state relays in 2011.

So Smith and Robertson are now tied for No. 3 and No. 4 in Willingboro indoor history, behind only Morrison and Scott Harrison, who cleared 6-8 in 1984. Another Boro jumper from the 1980s, Pat Collier, cleared 6-6 in 1983. Thomas played basketball indoors and never competed in indoor track at Boro.

Smith’s previous PR was 6-2, which he cleared several times last year, both indoors and out. Robertson’s PR was 6-0, which he at states last winter and again at the Armory earlier this month.

This is the first time in at least 15 years a South Jersey school has had two high jumpers over 6-6 indoors in the same year.

Robertson is a 21-4 long jumper and 42-3 1/2 triple jumper outside but has only high jumped so far this winter.

Millville freshman Bryanna Craig stars in hurdles and 400 at Glynn Invite!!!!!

Bryanna Craig continued the remarkable start to her freshman year with a couple big-time marks this weekend at the Coach Glynn Holiday Carnival at the Sea Breeze Track in Staten Island.

Craig is a national-champion age group multi-eventer and the daughter of former Millville 7-foot high jumper and national decathlon champ Raffael Craig.

On Friday, she ran 8.64 to win the high hurdles, 58.14 to win the 400 and cleared 5-0 in the high jump.

Let’s take a deeper look at where Craig is two meets into her high school career:

55-METER HURDLES: Craig ran 8.79 in the trials, leading a 1-2-3 Millville sweep going into the finals, with freshman Leah Ellis at 8.76 and senior Malea Broome just behind in 8.86. There were 61 girls in the prelims and the three fastest were from Millville. No wonder they have a great shuttle hurdles team! In the final, Craig and Broome went 1-2 in 8.64 and 8.70, PRs for both. Craig and Broome rank No. 3 and 4 in South Jersey so far this winter and Ellis isn’t far back at No. 6.

400-METER DASH: Craig was out in 27.7 and came back in 30.4 and won the 400 in 58.14, fastest in New Jersey this year and fastest by a Cumberland County girl since Britney Kott of Millville ran 56.65 back at the 2009 Eastern’s. It’s also No. 3 in the U.S. so far this year by a freshman, behind Sanaa Hebron of George School in Middletown, Pa. (she’s the daughter of former Eagle Vaughn Hebron), who ran 55.04, and Kennedi Sanders of Madison (Miss.) Central, who ran 57.59. Lenape’s Shelby Whetstone was second in the 400 in 58.98, an indoor PR.

HIGH JUMP: Although she only jumped 5-0 Friday, she does have a 5-4 to her credit from last week at the Merli Invite at the Bennett Center. That’s tied with Winslow’s Tina Tobias and Willingboro’s Kenady Wilson for tops in South Jersey this year. It’s also an indoor Cumberland County record.

Kingsway’s Orion Joyner moves up on all-time South Jersey indoor triple jump top-10!!!

Kingsway senior Orion Joyner PR’d in the indoor triple jump Saturday with a 45-1 1/4 for second place in the Ursinus Holiday High School Open at the Floy Lewis Bakes Center in Collegeville, Pa.

Joyner placed second to Ty Trinh of Calvert Hall of Baltimore, who jumped 45-4 1/4 for the win.

Joyner’s previous indoor PR was 45-1 at the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame meet at the Armory in New York. He holds an outdoor PR of 45-4 1/2 from Group 4 states last spring at Franklin High.

Joyner broke the Kingsway school record of 45-0 set last year by Earnest Daniel earlier this month.

Here’s a look at the nine 45-foot jumpers in South Jersey indoor track history:
49-  1 …..… Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
48-  9 …..… Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
48-  8 1/2 … Tristan Wilson [Delsea], 2014
48-  1 1/4 … Wayne Walls [Camden], 2009
47-  3 …..… Rhodeni Spence [Woodrow Wilson], 2007
46-  3 1/2 … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2018
45-  3 1/2 … Zakiyy Williams [Rancocas Valley], 2015
45- 1 1/4 … Orion Joyner [Kingsway], 2018
45-  0 …….. Earnest Daniel [Kingsway], 2017

Winslow graduate Nicole Berry records big 800-meter PR for Rider!!!

Rider junior Nicole Berry ran a big PR in her first 800 of the season, going 2:17.83 at the Princeton New Year’s Invitational at Jadwin Gym.

Berry, a 2016 graduate of Winslow Township, had a previous 800 PR of 2:18.67, which she ran as a freshman.

She won at Princeton out of the unseeded heat, taking the second section by nearly six seconds. Kathleen Jaeger of TCNJ was second with a 2:18.58 in the first section.

Berry was mainly a hurdler at Winslow, where she won the Camden County title in the intermediates in 1:04.10 and finished fourth at Group 3 sectionals and ninth at states. She did run some 800s, with a best of 2:20.44 at sectionals.

Last spring, Berry ran 1:03.74 in the intermediates and was fourth at the Metro Atlantic Championships in Lawrenceville.

Berry’s time converts to a 2:16.26 on the Direct Athletics rankings since her time came on a flat 200-meter track.

Berry will have a chance to run an 800 on a fast banked track in two weeks when Rider competes in the Wagner Invite at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island.

Cydney Thomas pops 40-footer, PRs in the shot put with big win at Bennett Center!!!!!

Haddon Heights junior Cydney Thomas PR’d in the shot put Tuesday night in her season-opening meet.

Thomas threw 40-8 at the South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River. Thomas won by more than six feet.

Thomas added half an inch to her indoor PR of 40-7 1/2, which she threw last year at the Meet of Champions, where she placed fourth. Her outdoor PR is 39-10 1/4, set at Group 1 sectionals last spring.

Thomas’s best event is probably the discus. She won a state title in the disc last year and placed third in the Meet of Champions with a 130-4, which made her South Jersey’s top thrower last spring.

But she’s pretty good chucking the shot as well, and her 40-8 is the No. 4 throw by a New Jersey girl so far early in this indoor season and No. 1 by a South Jersey thrower. She’s the only South Jersey girl over 40 feet so far this winter.

Delsea’s Nico Morales ties South Jersey indoor pole vault record!!!!!

Delsea junior Nico Morales tied the South Jersey indoor pole vault record Tuesday evening when he cleared 15-6 at a S.J. Track Coaches Association meet at the Bennett Center.

Morales tied the South Jersey and Gloucester County records set at the 2008 Meet of Champions also at the Bennett Center by Dan Batdorf of West Deptford.

His mark is No. 6 in state history indoors and No. 3 in South Jersey history under any conditions and matches the best in 26 years. It’s also No. 14 overall in state history indoors and out combined.

Morales’ previous PR was 14-10 last May at the Tri-County Conference meet at Delsea. His indoor PR was 14-0, which he cleared three times last winter.

Morales went out after three attempts at 16-0.

Let’s take a look at some lists!

17-0 … Bill Lange [Bridgewater East], 1980
16-3 1/4 … Adam Sarafian [Ocean Twp.], 2004
16-2 1/4 … Don Heyburn [Cranford], 1980
16-1 1/4 … Craig Hunter [Robbinsville], 2013
15-10 … Bill Hartley [Southern Reg.], 1976
15-6 … Casey DiCesare [Irvington], 2006
15-6 … Dan Batdorf [West Deptford], 2008
15-6 … Luke Annichiarico [Northern Valley], 2014
15-6 … Nico Morales [Delsea], 2019
15-6 … Vince Reilly [St. Joe’s-Metuchen], 1977
15-6 … Eric Richard [Bridgewater East], 1981
15-4 … Nick Eckett [Jackson Liberty], 2013
15-3 1/2 … Tyler Hrbek [Northern Valley], 2018
15-3 1/2 … David Bausmith [Hunterdon Central], 2018
15-3 … Eric Geider [Northern Valley], 2013
15-3 … Bruce Wodder [Northern Hunterdon], 1975
15-3 … Dan Bertolami [Woodbridge], 1984

16-0 … Bob Green [Haddon Heights], 1992 [o]
15-7 … Brandon Kurtz [Absegami], 1991 [o]
15-6 … Dan Batdorf [West Deptford], 2008 [i]
15-6 … Nico Morales [Delsea], 2019 [i]
15-5 … Devon Purves [Haddonfield], 2006 [o]
15-5 … Mike Davis [Haddonfield], 2004 [o]
15-4 … Jason King [Lenape], 1993 [o]
15-0 1/2 … Danny Lamp [Willingboro], 1977 [o]
15-0 … Mark Murphy [Haddonfield], 1985 [o]
15-0 … Ricky Clemons [Willingboro], 1989 [o]
15-0 … Dave Murname [West Deptford], 2000 [o]
15-0 … Josh Moline [Gateway], 2000 [o]
15-0 … Mike Hulme [Eastern], 2003 [o]
15-0 … Mike Maira [Seneca], 2010 [o]
15-0 … Mike Rivard [Haddonfield], 2010 [o]

Incredibly, Delsea had three vaulters over 13 feet, with junior Marco Morales third with a personal-best 13-6 and senior Ryan Jillard fourth with an indoor PR 13-0 (he’s cleared 13-6 outdoors). Deptford’s James Lynch placed second with a PR 14-0 clearance, which ties his indoor PR (he’s gone 14-6 outdoors).

Two other vaulters — Egg Harbor senior Joshua Cohen and Vineland senior William Ramos — cleared an indoor-PR-tying 13-0, making this an incredibly deep early-season pole vault competition. Cohen has cleared 14-0 outdoors and 13-6 indoors.  Ramos has cleared 13-6 outdoors.

Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith sets indoor triple jump PR and all-time S.J. #2 in season opener!!!

Claudine Smith, the No. 2 triple jumper in South Jersey history outdoors, opened her senior year with an indoor PR in her specialty.

Smith jumped 37-11 3/4 to win the triple jump at the 65th annual Bishop Loughlin Games at the Ocean Breeze track in Staten Island, N.Y.

That’s No. 3 in South Jersey history indoors and an Atlantic County indoor record.

Smith took three jumps and surpassed 37 feet on all three. She opened with a 37-5 3/4 and the 37-11 3/4 winner before passing on her third attempt of the trials.

In the finals she passed on her first and third attempts — she was also competing in the 55-meter hurdles rounds and the 55-meter dash — but got a 37-10 3/4 on her second and only attempt in the finals.

Kaylah Britt of William Floyd High in Mastic Beach, N.Y., was second at 36-4 1/4, so Smith had the top three jumps of the entire competition.

Smith’s outdoor PR is 40-1 1/2 from last year’s Rowan Invitational.

The previous Atlantic County indoor triple jump record was 34-6 1/2, set in 2009 by Alex Romanelli of Absegami at the New Balance Games at the Armory.

38-4 … She’quell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2013
38-0 1/2 … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], 2012
37-11 3/4 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
37-10 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2014
37-7 … Elizabeth Montague [Cherokee], 2014
37-1 … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2015
36-9 1/4 … Jasmin Jones [Kingsway], 2016
36-6 1/2 …Maryn Hess [Winslow Twp.], 2017
36-6 1/2 … Janell Rowe [Sterling], 2016
36-6 … Javona Ford [Millville], 2010
36-4 … Rachel Montague [Cherokee], 2008

Smith also placed fifth in the high hurdles in 8.51 and ran 7.70 in the 55-meter dash trials.

Winslow’s Tionna Tobias opens senior year with fast start in the 55-meter highs at Loughlin Games!!!

Winslow’s Tionna Tobias opened her senior year with a fast hurdles performance at the 65th annual Bishop Loughlin Games Sunday at the Ocean Breeze facility on Staten Island.

Tobias ran 8.26 in the 55-meter highs, placing second to Chibugo Obichere of Valley Stream (N.Y.). South, the two-time New York state champion.

Tobias ran within 1-10th of a second of her lifetime best of 8.16, which she ran in late February when she took third at the Meet of Champions in Toms River. Tobias didn’t run as fast as 8.26 last year until mid-January, so she’s well ahead of where she was a year ago.

Tobias ran 8.32 in the trials, easily winning her heat. She and Obichere were the two-fastest in the trials, so they were next to each other in the finals.

Sincere Rhea opens with a blazing PR in the 55 highs … and runs a HOT 300 as well!!!!! GET YOUR SINCERE RHEA ON!!!!!

All-America Sincere Rhea opened his senior year by lowering his 55-meter hurdles PR and moving into the all-time New Jersey top-10 with a win at the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational.

Rhea also proved he’s much more than just a hurdler! More on that below!

Rhea, who set his previous 55 hurdles PR of 7.35 when he won the Meet of Champs at the Bennett Center last Feb. 25, ran 7.32 to win the Small-School hurdles on the 168th Street Armory track in New York.

Rhea led a 1-2-3 South Jersey finish, with Deptford’s Naseem Smith second in 7.62 and Willingboro’s Jayaire King third with a personal-best 7.86.

Rhea’s time is seventh-fastest in South Jersey history and only 3-100ths off the Atlantic County record of 7.29 set in 1996 by Pleasantville’s Nate Harley.

Rhea opened with a 7.47 in the trials.

He also ran a very fast 35.38 to place second to Savion Hebron of Neshaminy High in Bensalem, Pa., in the 300-meter dash. Hebron ran a meet-record 34.27. Hebron’s father Vaughn was an NFL running back and returner for six years and began his career in 1993 with the Eagles.

That 35.38 ranks Rhea ninth all-time in South Jersey history and is second-fastest in Atlantic County history, behind Egg Harbor’s Amir Brock’s 33.94 on the same track last winter.

Rhea’s previous 300 PR was a 36.88 at last year’s Bishop Loughlin Games at the Ocean Breeze track on Staten Island.

Rhea, fourth at nationals last spring in the 110 highs, also ran the second leg on St. Augustine’s 800-meter relay team, where he teamed up with True Robinson, Nkem Ota and Jacob Cobb for a 1:37.66 for fourth place after a 1:35.07 in the trials.

How about some lists!

Here’s the all-time New Jersey 55-meter hurdles performance list:
7.07 … Cory Poole [East Orange Campus], 2017
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.19 … Jermaine Collier [Trenton], 2012
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Issac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.31 … Akeem Lindo [East Orange Campus], 2018
7.32 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2018
7.32 … Stephan Fletcher [Princeton], 1983
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.32 … Jeff Porter [Franklin Twp.], 2003
7.32 … Al-Tariq Dunson [East Orange], 2018
7.32 … Isaiah Greene [Newark West Side], 2018
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.34 … Barry McClain [Trenton], 1981
7.34 … Devon Hill [Trenton], 2008
7.35 … Todd Walthall [Seton Hall], 1988
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.35 … Darius Pemberton [Hackensack], 1993
7.35 … Devon Hill [Trenton], 2008
7.36 … Tony Davis [Scotch Plains], 1982
7.36 … Jerome Pemberton [Hackensack], 1986
7.36 … Chris Stephans [Plainfield], 2001
7.36 … Christian Boateng [Old Bridge], 2011
7.36 … Greg Caldwell [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2012
7.37 … Ihmir Marsette [Weequahic], 2017
7.37 … Benjamin Aidoo [Sayreville], 2016
7.37 … Basil Campbell [Ewing], 2003
7.37 … Andrew Aguilera [Governor Livingston], 2017
7.38 … Mike Wasko [Sayreville], 1982
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000

And here’s the all-time South Jersey sub-36 list in the 300:
33.79 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
33.94 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
34.04 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
34.25 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
34.83 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1995
35.08 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI], 2017
35.08 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2013
35.34 … Dennis Davis [Edgewood], 2000
35.38 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
35.42 … Alex Dessoye [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
35.45 … Terrell Lane [Highland], 2009
35.45 … Tarence Walker [Pleasantville], 2017
35.63 … Ahmad Brown [Holy Spirit], 2018
35.67 … Curtis McIntyre [Bridgeton], 1992
35.97 … Brian Brown [Paul VI], 2017