Deptford’s Naseem Smith continues climb up all-time S.J. 55-meter hurdles list!!!!!

PR’ing once wasn’t enough for Deptford senior Naseem Smith at sectionals. So he PR’d twice.

Smith entered sectionals with a PR of 7.54 for the 55-meter highs but ran 7.53 in the trials and 7.46 to win the final, third-fastest in the state this year.

Smith, the outdoor Group 3 high hurdles champ last spring, shoots for another state title this weekend.

Smith and Ola Akande of Rahway, two of the three-fastest hurdlers in the state, will race in the state Group 2 championships. Akande has a 7.40 to his credit this winter. He ran 7.55 to win the Central Jersey Group 2 race.

The state Group 2 meet is scheduled for Saturday morning back at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Smith’s 7.46 puts him at No. 21 in South Jersey history with states, Meet of Champs, Eastern’s and possibly nationals still to come, the last two on faster tracks.

His time is also No. 3 in Gloucester County history, behind state record holder Sultan Tucker of Delsea and Kevon Brown of West Deptford.

Akande and Smith are No. 2 and No. 3 in the state this year. St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea is No. 1 with his 7.29, which is No. 5 in state history. He’ll compete in the Parochial a meet Saturday afternoon.

Rhea, Akanda and Smith are No. 3, 10 and 16 on the 2019 U.S. MileSplit list.

ALL-TIME S.J. 55-METER HURDLES LIST
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.29 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.1h … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.1h … Jim Little [Moorestown], 1976
7.1h … Marc Dickerson [Willingboro], 1979
7.1h … George Bland [Penns Grove], 1987
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.43 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.43 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
7.45 … Kevin Hagamin [Timber Creek], 2014
7.46 … Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2010
7.46 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
7.47 … Darius Holmes [Willingboro], 2012
7.48 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
7.48 … Tyrell Ross [Clearview], 2005
7.49 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
7.49 … Vince Rawlins [Eastern], 1991
7.49 … Chris Nichols [Willingboro], 1991

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