Highland’s Yarayah Hawkins’s SJ#1 1:58 leads big pack under 2:02 at Bennett Center

Highland senior Yarayah Hawkins set an indoor PR and nearly broke his outdoor PR when he won the 800 in 1:58.40 Saturday in the Tri-County race at the Olympic / Tri-County Conference meet at the Bennett Center.

His time is fastest in South Jersey so far this year.

Hawkins won by 15 meters over Colin Kane of Delsea, who ran 2:01.08, an indoor PR of his own. Deptford junior Philip Sedalis was also under 2:02, third in 2:01.53, a huge PR as well.

Kane lowered his indoor 800 PR more than half a second, from 2:03.60 at a meet in December at Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa. He ran 1:58.71 last May at the Tri-County Championships on his home track in Franklinville.

Sedalis’ previous indoor PR was 2:04.27 last month at the Armory. He has a 2:04.00 outdoor PR to his credit from the Cherokee Night of Racing #2 last May.

Two other South Jersey runners broke 2:02 in the Olympic Conference are, with Camden Catholic’s Richard Castaneda going 2:00.18 and Washington Township junior Jayden Greene just behind him in 2:01.07.

Castaneda ran 4:21 and 9:33 last spring. His overall 800 PR was 2:00.50, also at the Cherokee Night of Racing #2 in May. His indoor PR was a 2:06.27.

Greene has range from the 100-meter dash up to cross country. His overall 800 PR is 2:00.09 from last May’s Haddonfield Distance Night. This was his first indoor 800.

Hawkins, Castaneda , Greene, Kane and Sedalis now rank No. 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in South Jersey this winter.

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Cherokee’s Wechsler, Camden Catholic’s Coffey run NJ#1 and NJ#2 in fast 3,200 at Bennett Center!!!

Ethan Wechsler led a deep, fast group around the Bennett Center track for the fastest 3,200-meter run in the state this year Saturday in Toms River.

Wechsler, a Cherokee junior, ran a N.J. #1 9:28.00 to win the Olympic Conference race at the Olympic / Tri-County meet at the Bennett Center.

The race produced three of the four-fastest times in the state this year and some interesting PR’s.

—> Wechsler actually broke both his indoor PR [10:00.31 last year at sectionals] and his overall PR [9:31.06 at the Holmdel Night of 3200s last May] in leading the field across the line. His time is fastest by a Cherokee runner indoors since Keith Krieger ran 9:25.88 for third at the 2003 Meet of Champions and third-fastest overall indoors, behind Marc Pelerin [9:11.78 converted from two miles] and Krieger.

—> Camden Catholic senior Matt Coffey was two strides back in a school-record 9:29.04, which is NJ#2 this year and shattered his indoor PR of 9:47.19 at the same meet last year and was less than three seconds off his overall PR of 9:26.24, from his win last year at Parochial A sectionals.

—> Connor Melko of Bishop Eustace was third in 9:31.56, NJ#4. That’s also an overall PR because it appears to be his first serious attempt at the distance either indoors or out for the 800 / 1600 specialist [1:56.53 / 4:16.20]. Is that a Eustace indoor record?

—> Junior Oliver Adler of Cherry Hill East ran fourth in NJ#8 9:34.97, a huge breakthrough for another runner who is more of an 800 / 1600 guy and hadn’t run any serious 3,200s in the past.

Cherokee junior Chase Miller [9:46.10], Cherry Hill East senior Kyle Krell [9:52.50] and Camden Catholic senior Denny Kelly [9:56.80] also broke 10 minutes.

Rancocas Valley boys run SJ#1 8:06 and earns a spot in the Millrose Games 4×8!!!!!

The Rancocas Valley boys ran 8:06.64 and placed second in the Millrose Games 3,200-meter relay trials at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

That earned R.V. a lane in the Millrose scholastic 4-by-800. The 112th annual Millrose Games is scheduled for Feb. 9 back at the Armory.

Northport (N.Y.) won the race in 8:04.67, with R.V. and Rye [8:06.76] fighting for third.

R.V.’s time is No. 3 in the state so far this year and No. 1 by a South Jersey school and the only S.J. time under 8:10.

This is the second straight year Rancocas Valley has qualified for Millrose. The Red Devils placed fifth last year at Millrose in 8:02.54 and went on to run a school-indoor-record 7:57.28 for third at Eastern’s. They got down as fast as 7:55.63 outdoors.

Micah Wood led off with a 1:59.6 split, with Kamau Sudlow splitting 2:04.9, Ian Moore 1:58.0 and Jonathan Womack 2:04.2.

RV’s outdoor school record is 7:48.70 with the 2016 team.

Here’s a look at the all-time Burlington County indoor 3,200-meter top-10:

7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012
7:51.78 … Cherokee, 2000
7:52.95 … Willingboro, 2003
7:53.64 … Willingboro, 2002
7:57.28 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
7:57.5y … Willingboro, 1983
8:02.47 … Cherokee, 2011
8:04.10 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
8:06.58 … Cherokee, 2009
8:06.64 … Rancocas Valley, 2019

Haddon Heights’ Cydney Thomas blasts a shot put PR, moves into #4 spot on all-time Camden County indoor list!!!

Haddon Heights senior Cydney Thomas reached the 42-foot plateau for the first time Tuesday night, winning the first 2019 Cherokee Throwdown by more than five feet.

Thomas threw a personal-best 42-0, coming up just four inches short of the 12-year-old school record of 42-4, set in 2007 by Sophia Coleburn. She’s the 18th 42-footer in South Jersey history but only the fourth from Camden County, following Stephanie Scaramella of Bishop Eustace [43-11 3/4 in 2007], Coleburn and Lisa Stuto of Winslow Township [42-0 1/2 in 2009].

Thomas averaged 41-8 1/2 on her three throws Tuesday. She opened with a 41-6, hit the 42-footer on her second throw and then closed with a 41-7 1/2.

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR SHOT PUT LIST
47-5 3/4 … Zyra Thomas [Schalick], 2018
46-1 1/2 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017
45-3 … Nacole Moore [Bridgeton], 2000
44-6 1/2 … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004
44-3 1/2 … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2004
44-0 1/2 … Melinda Boykin [Bridgeton], 1996
43-11 3/4 … Stephanie Scaramella [Bishop Eustace], 2007
43-10 1/4 … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006
43-10 … Rosetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015
43-4 3/4 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2012
43-4 1/2 … Victoria Imbesi [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009
43-3 … Janice Rose [Delsea], 2011
42-7 3/4 … Typhanie Bates [Williamstown], 1995
42-5 1/2 … Genevieve Tybicki [Our Lady of Mercy], 2007
42-4 … Sophia Coleburn [Haddon Heights], 2007
42-0 1/2 … Lisa Stuto [Winslow Twp.], 2009
42-0 1/4 … Lola Agabalogun [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013
42-0 … Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 2019

Rancocas Valley’s Ian Moore races his way into all-time S.J. list in 1,000 meters!!!

Rancocas Valley senior Ian Moore won the 1,000 meters over a field of 79 runners Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games on Staten Island.

Moore ran 2:34.68, which held up as the fastest time over a 2:35.17 by Edward Cerne of Lake Braddock (Va.) in another section of the seven-race final.

Moore’s previous PR was a 2:39.97 at the Bishop Loughlin Games on the same Ocean Breeze track last year.

He missed the school record of 2:34.05 set four years ago by Isaiah Curbelo by just over half a second.

ALL-TIME S.J. 1,000-METER TOP 10
2:27.71 … Jacob Clarke [Pleasantville], 2012
2:32.79 … Larry Ramirez [Pleasantville], 2009
2:30.81 … Andrew Riviello [Eastern], 2003
2:31.20 … Roger Lawyer [Willingboro], 1988
2:31.90 … Duke Mack [Pleasantville], 2007
2:33.27 … Nate Miller [Highland], 1999
2:34.05 … Isaiah Curbelo [Rancocas Valley], 2015
2:34.16 … Xavier Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2007
2:34.68 … Ian Moore [Rancocas Valley], 2019
2:34.95 … Michael Keebler [Holy Spirit], 2007

Cinnaminson’s Meredith Updike moves into all-time Burlco top-10 in high hurdles!!!!!

Cinnaminson junior Meredith Updike broke her own school record and moved into the all-time Burlington County top-10 in the 55-meter high hurdles Saturday, running 8.46 for second place at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival in Staten Island.

Upike had set the record of 8.62 in the trials. She held the previous mark at 8.75 from a meet at the Bennett Center last month.

Her time is No. 9 in Burlington County history but only 2-100ths of a second out of the No. 6 spot.

It’s also No. 3 in South Jersey this year, behind only Tionna Tobias of Winslow [8.26] and Claudine Smith of Atlantic City [8.29]. It’s also  going to land somewhere in the top 10 in New Jersey this winter, pending other meets being held this weekend.

BURLINGTON COUNTY ALL-TIME 55 HURDLES TOP 10
7.92 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
8.28 … Jasmine Staten [Lenape], 2017
8.35 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
8.38 … Kimberly Allen [Willingboro], 2003
8.42 … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2015
8.44 … Yvette Murray [Cherokee], 1998
8.45 … Magenta Taylor [Willingboro], 1999
8.45 … Lindsey Walsh [Lenape], 2008
8.46 … Meredith Updike [Cinnaminson], 2019
8.50 … Vanessa Arientyl [Willingboro], 2010
8.50 … Meagan Robinson [Burlington Twp.], 2011

A.C. ‘s Claudine Smith shatters South Jersey indoor triple jump record!!!!!

Atlantic City senior Claudine Smith shattered the South Jersey indoor triple jump record in her final meet of 2018.

Smith extended her indoor PR from 37-11 3/4 from the Bishop Loughlin Games earlier this month at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island, N.Y., to 39-1 at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic this weekend at the 168th Street Armory.

That broke the S.J. indoor mark of 38-4, set in 2013 by She’quell Higgs of Winslow Township and broke her own Atlantic County record.

Smith, also one of the state’s top hurdlers and long jumpers, has an outdoor PR of 40-1 1/2 from last year’s Rowan Invitational.

Her 39-1 is No. 1 in New Jersey this year and No. 5 on the early 2019 MileSplit national list. It’s also No. 16 in New Jersey history.

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP LIST
44-2 … Keturah Orji [Mount Olive], 2014
40-11 … Stephanie McIntyre [South Brunswick], 2007
40-9 3/4 … Carlene Cummings [Englewood], 1998
40-4 … Domonique Panton [Freehold Twp.], 2015
40-3 … Iana Amsterdam [Newark Tech], 2013
39-10 1/2 … Jen McDermott [Ridgewood], 1989
39-9 … Bryanna Grant [Cranford], 2012
39-7 3/4 … Adefunke Sonaike [Montgomery], 2012
39-6 3/4 … Ebony Young [Hillsborough], 2009
39-6 1/2 … Kelly Burke [Cranford], 2010
39-5 … Ada Unachukwu [Marlboro], 2009
39-3 … Consandria Walker [Hackensack], 2004
39-2 1/4 … Sharon Allen [Paterson East Side], 1987
39-1 3/4 … Ellie Ewere [Hillsborough], 2011
39-1 1/4 … Tiffany Bautista [Paramus Catholic], 2018
39-1 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
39-1 … Kaitlin Salisbury [Hawthorne], 2016
39-0 1/2 … Bonnie Fosam [Robbinsville], 2017

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP LIST
39-1 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
38-4 … She’quell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2013
38-0 1/2 … Shaya Wilkerson [Lenape], 2012
37-10 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2013
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