Sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers lead Deptford boys to first indoor sectional title!!!!!

Seniors Naseem Smith, Javon Sanders and Tyriq Bundy ran 1-2-4 in the 55-meter hurdles final and the Spartans also swept the high jump to win their first indoor sectional title Saturday.

The sectional title was the first for Deptford indoors or out in 46 years, since the 1974 team won Group 4 outdoors.

Deptford outscored Haddonfield 87-81 to win the South Jersey Group 2 championship at the Bennett Center in Toms River despite the Bulldogs scoring 56 of a possible 72 points in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

In the high hurdles, Smith ran a personal-best 7.46, the No. 3 time in New Jersey this year and third-fastest in Gloucester County history. Sanders was second in 7.75 bouncing back after missing two months with an injury and Bundy fourth in 7.99.

Seniors Marcel Washington [5-10], James Lynch [5-8] and Tyrece Brown [5-8] swept the top three places in the high jump for 24 big points.

Bundy and senior Khion Smith ran 2-3 behind Malachi Melton of Cedar Creek in the 55-meter dash. Melton ran a PR 6.49, fifth-fastest in the state this year and No. 2 among South Jersey sprinters, behind only Joshua Washington of Woodbury, who ran 6.47 last weekend at Group 1 sectionals.

Brown was also fourth in the 400 and 51.12 and sixth in the 55 in 6.85 in addition to his third place in the high jump. Smith also took second in the 400 in 50.96.

Lynch also took third in the pole vault at 13-6, and senior Amadu Jalloh ran fifth in the 800 with a 2:04.23, and Deptford’s relay team — names not listed in the results — took third in 3:29.17.

Haddonfield got wins from seniors Zach Murray in the 400 (49.93) and Derek Gess in the 1,600 (4:26.67) and junior Martin Riddell in the 3,200 (9:49.64).

Gess and senior Ethan Spellmeyer ran second and third in the 800 in 2:00.81 and 2:01.65 behind Pleasantville junior Gabriel Moronta’s 2:00.79.

Senior Greg Eisenhower and Riddell also placed third and fifth in the 1,600 (4:28.52, 4:31.89), and Eisenhower and junior Stephen Kasko took second and third in the 3,200 in 9:50.18 and 9:53.73. The Bulldogs also took a close second in the relay in 3:28.42.

The other Group 2 winner was Delsea senior Kevin Gilliano, who won the shot with a 51-0 1/4, his first indoor 50-footer.


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