Deptford boys demolish S.J. shuttle hurdles record, win first State Relays title!!!!!

Deptford shattered a 15-year-old South Jersey record when the Spartans’ shuttle hurdles team ran 29.45 Friday evening.

Deptford set the mark at the state Group 2 relay championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

The Spartans broke the South Jersey mark of 29.72, set in 2004 by Reuben McCoy and Winslow Township.

Deptford broke the overall state relays record of 29.84 set in 2013 by Union Catholic and the Group 2 record of 29.7 hand-timed set in 1978 by Asbury Park. The Group 2 FAT record was a 30.36 set last year by Rahway.

Seniors Tyrece Brown, Naseem Smith, Tyriq Bundy and Khion Smith won a very fast race over Rahwah, which also broke 30 seconds in 29.81 – the second-fastest time ever run in any group at the state relays.

Led by the shuttle hurdles team and a win in the 4-by-200, Deptford outscored second-place Rahway, 42-37, to win the first state indoor relays team title in school history.

The 29.45 is No. 4 in state history among FAT times:

28.62 … East Orange, 2017 [New Balance Indoors]
29.20 … Union atholic, 2013 [New Balance Indoors]
29.44 … East Orange, 2018 [New Balance Indoors]
29.45 … Deptford, 2019 [State Relays]

Here’s the all-time South Jersey list, with hand-times listed where their converted equivalent would be:

29.45 … Deptford, 2019
29.72 … Winslow Twp., 2004
29.74 … Egg Harbor, 2009
29.5h … Woodrow Wilson, 1999
29.6h … Camden, 1978
20.7h … Paul VI, 1972
29.8h … Willingboro, 1982
29.9h … Moorestown, 1975
30.0h … Willingboro, 1978
30.07 … Oakcrest, 2012
30.22 … Camden, 2009
30.26 … Winslow Twp., 2003
30.41 … Camden, 1996
30.47 … Willingboro, 2012
30.52 … Washington Twp., 2012
30.3h … Camden, 1999
30.64 … Seneca, 2012
30.4h … Camden, 1979
30.4h … Camden, 1997
30.81 … Willingboro, 2016
30.90 … Winslow Twp. 2015
30.94 … Deptford, 2018

Deptford also broke the Gloucester County record of 30.52, set by Washington Township at the 2012 state Group 4 Relays and the school record of 30.92 set last week at the SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center.

Deptford’s time is No. 1 in the U.S. so far this year, according to the MileSplit database.

Here’s a complete list of all Gloucester County schools to win state boys indoor titles:
Clearview [Group 1-2 in 1966]
Delsea [Group 2 in 2010, 2011]
Deptford [Group 2 in 2019]
Kingsway [Group 3 in 2014, 2015]
Washington Twp. [Group 4 in 2009]
Woodbury [Group 1 in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983]

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