A 10:36 distance medley is something any school can be proud of. For a Group 1 school, it’s even more impressive.
And that’s what Pitman accomplished Tuesday night at Easterns.
Led by Sebastien Reed’s 4:24 anchor, Pitman ran 10:36.32 to place sixth among some much-larger schools at the 85th annual Easterns States Championships at the Armory in New York.
Anthony Razze led off for Pitman with a 3:15.2 split for 1,200 meters and after Justin Bender’s 400 leg, Cole Sharpnack turned in a 2:00.3 split for 800 meters to set up Reed, whose anchor leg was officially 4:24.27.
That’s the third-fastest DMR ever by a South Jersey Group 1 school at Easterns and the fastest distance medley this year by a New Jersey Group 1 school.
The two faster Group 1 DMRs at Easterns: In 2002, Haddonfield won the Easterns DMR as a Group 1 school in 10:16.84 on a 3:05 leadoff by Skip Stiles and Chris Platt’s 4:18 anchor; and in 2015, Haddon Township, led by Luke Petela’s 4:15.39 anchor, ran 10:24.23 for fourth place.
Pitman’s time is also fastest by any Gloucester County school in five years, since Kingsway ran 10:31.88 at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic at the Armory in 2014. It’s fastest by a Gloucester County school at Easterns since Washington Township ran 10:35.65 in 2011.
It’s been quite a year for Pitman, which earlier this month won the first sectional championship in school history and this past weekend tied for third in the state Group 1 meet.
On Saturday, three of the four Pitman DMR legs will compete in the Meet of Champions. Razze will run the 1,600, Sharpnack the 800 and Reed the 3,200.