Clayton’s Thomas Hampton wins first state title, demolishes meet record in 55-meter dash!!!!!

Clayton’s Thomas Hampton won the state Group 1 title at 55 meters Friday, and he did it in record-setting fashion.

Hampton blazed the Bennett Center track to the tune of 6.44 seconds, shattering the meet Group 1 mark of 6.54 set last year by Demetrius Lassiter of People’s Prep Charter School of Newark.

Hampton had placed second in his last two state meets — in the 55 last winter and in the 100 this past spring.

Hampton’s previous PR was a 6.47 when he was third at last year’s Meet of Champions. His previous season best was a 6.53 at sectionals, where he placed second.

His time is No. 4 in Gloucester County history behind A.J. Bunton of West Deptford [6.34 in 2006], James Brown of Glassboro [6.38 in 2009] and Anthony Averett of Woodbury [6.43 in 2013].

It’s also No. 3 in New Jersey so far this year and it’s No. 13 in South Jersey history but only 2-100ths of a second off the all-time S.J. top-10 list.

ALL-TIME S.J. 55-METER DASH LIST
6.30 … Jamar Ervin [Camden], 2001
6.31 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
6.34 … A.J. Bunton [West Deptford], 2006
6.36 … Kenny Reynolds [Willingboro], 1986
6.37 … Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1979
6.38 … James Brown [Glassboro], 2009
6.39 … Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 2009
6.41 … Chris Church [Millville], 2007
6.42 … Thomas Walls [Wilson], 2006
6.42 … Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
6.43 … George McKey [Willingboro], 1982
6.43 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2013
6.44 … Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 2019
6.45 … Paul Wheeler [Willingboro], 1983
6.45 … Sherron Bullock [Camden], 2004
6.45 … Rob McGriff [Camden], 2006
6.45 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI], 2018
6.46 … Albert Newkirk [Camden], 1996
6.46 … Darnell Charles [Oakcrest], 2012
6.46 … Kashif Miller [Haddon Heights], 2014
6.47 … Anthony Jones [Edgewood], 1982
6.47 … Darren Ford [Vineland], 2004
6.47 … Reggie Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
6.47 … Curtis Fitzpatrick [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013
6.47 … Jonathan Taylor [Salem], 2016
6.47 … Josh Washington [Woodbury], 2019
6.48 … Gary Gordon [Willingboro], 1995
6.48 … Fabian Santiago [Oakcrest], 2012
6.48 … Caleb Williams [St. Joe’s-Hammonton], 2015
6.48 … Clayton Crosse [Washington Twp.]. 2016
6.49 … Louis Smith [Burlington Twp.], 1997
6.49 … Michael Bolling [Willingboro], 2001
6.49 … Martin Booker [Pennsauken], 2016
6.49 … Ryquell Amstead [Millville], 2014
6.49 … Malachi Melton [Cedar Creek], 2019
6.50 … Jamaal Harris [Palmyra], 2002
6.50 … Zachary Clarke [Camden], 2008
6.50 … Shawney Kersey [Woodbury], 2007
6.50 … Rasheed Grandy [Absegami], 2010
6.50 … Bobby DeMarco [Holy Spirit], 2008
6.51 … Mikhail Micheaux [Eastern], 2013

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