Mainland’s Kevin Antczak negative splits massive NJ#1 two-mile PR at Ocean Breeze Invite!!!!!

Holy Greg Hughes!

Mainland junior Kevin Antczak destroyed his PR Saturday and moved into the N.J. No. 1 spot in the 3,200 with a negative-split breakthrough 9:20.96 for a full two miles at the Ocean Breeze Invitational in Staten Island, N.Y.

That converts to a 9:17.71 for 3,200 meters, fastest in New Jersey this year and tied for No. 14 in South Jersey history.

Antczak opened in 4:42.94 and came back in 4:38.02, closing in 2:16, 64.4 and 30.1.

Just for the sake of comparison, Antczak’s indoor 1,600 PR is 4:34.78, so factoring in the conversion from he ran about one second off his 1,600 PR in the second half of his two-mile run!

Antczak finished second and nearly caught Owen Johnson of Calvert Hall in Towson, Md., who ran 9:20.93. Johnson led by about 25 meters with 800 meters to go and 20 meters with 600 meters to go before Antczak began closing rapidly.

Antczak’s strong finish left him just inches short of Johnson at the finish line but did give him the fastest time by a South Jersey two-miler indoors since Aaron Groff of Cherry Hill East ran 9:16.09 in 2016.

Antczak’s converted time is very close to the Atlantic County record of 9:17.52, set in 2014 by Hammonton’s Lou Corgliano at the Meet of Champions.

Hughes is the Mainland indoor school record holder at 9:17.55 from the 2004 Meet of Champions.

Antczak’s previous indoor PR was 9:57.62 at last year’s Meet of Champions. His outdoor PR is 9:34.31 from states last year.

Here’s all the sub 9:18 indoor 3,200 times I could find:

  • 8:58.81 ….. Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
  • 9:11.1y ..… Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1970
  • 9:11.2y ..… Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1974
  • 9:11.86y … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
  • 9:11.9y ….. Johnny Englehardt [Willingboro], 1976
  • 9:13.33 ….. Michael Rankin [Paul VI], 2010
  • 9:13.93 ….. Paul Szulewski [Williamstown], 2011
  • 9:14.31 ….. Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013
  • 9:15.8y ….. Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978
  • 9:15.82y … Kevin Pumphrey [Highland], 1986
  • 9:16.09 ….. Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
  • 9:15.55 … Greg Hughes [Mainland Reg.], 2004
  • 9:17.52 … Lou Corgliano [Hammonton], 2014
  • 9:17.71 … Dave Forward [Shawnee], 2009
  • 9:17.71y … Kevin Antczak [Mainland Reg.], 2019
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