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.