Pleasantville’s Gabriel Moronta turns in another MASSIVE PR, takes 3rd in Meet of Champs 800, jumps to #6 in S.J. history!!!!!!

A week ago, Gabriel Moronta’s 800 PR was 1:59.48. Now he’s one of the fastest half-milers in South Jersey history!

The Pleasantville junior ran his second-straight massive 800 PR Saturday. Moronto, who didn’t break 2:02 before this indoor season, had a PR of 1:59.48 from a meet in January going into states, where he won Group 2 in 1:56.71.

On Saturday, he ran 1:54.41 to place third in the 51st annual Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center.

Moronta’s finished behind only Union Catholic junior Elijah Brown , who ran 1:53.98, and South Brunswick’s Miles Liggins, who ran 1:54.10.

Pleasantville is an 800 MACHINE. Four of the six-fastest times in South Jersey history now come from Pleasantville runners. Pleasantville has four half-milers under 1:54.5 and the rest of South Jersey IN HISTORY has TWO!!!!!

And just like that, a guy who had a PR of 2:02 six weeks ago is No. 6 in South Jersey history indoors. Here’s the sub-1:56 club:

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR 800-METER RUN LIST
1:51.52 … Jacob Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
1:51.72 … Isaac Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
1:51.80 … Derrell Manhertz [Kingsway], 2013
1:53.51 … Alan Laws [Pleasantville], 2007
1:53.68 … Ishmael Muhammad [Oakcrest], 2013
1:54.41 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2019
1:54.80 … Marvin Lewis [Willingboro], 2001
1:54.81 … Bill Dolan [Clearview], 2013
1:54.82 … Xavier Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2009
1:55.00 … Steve Butenewicz [Delsea], 2011
1:55.14 … Shannon Sherrer [Vineland], 2002
1:55.14 … Zach McBride [Lenape], 2002
1:55.16 … Joe Lewis [Pleasantville], 1998
1:55.16 … Tivo Rivera [Kingsway], 2009
1:55.19 … Isaiah Curbelo [Rancocas Valley], 2016
1:55.42 … Kevin Cianfarino [West Deptford], 2014
1:55.3h … Tony Uzdavines [Williamstown], 1976
1:55.77 … Carmen Capella [Washington Twp.], 2004
1:55.93 … Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 2017

Moronta’s time is No. 5 in Atlantic County history and fastest in six
years:

1:51.52 … Jacob Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
1:51.72 … Isaac Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
1:53.51 … Alan Laws [Pleasantville], 2007
1:53.68 … Ishmael Muhammad [Oakcrest], 2013
1:54.41 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2019
1:55.13 … Joe Lewis [Pleasantville], 1998
1:56.43 … Eric Barnes [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
1:56.73 … Dan Galeano [Absegami], 2010
1:56.77 … Larry Ramirez [Pleasantville], 2010

Moronta is now South Jersey’s fastest junior since 2013, when another Atlantic County runner, Oakcrest’s Ishmael Muhammad, ran 1:53.68 for fourth at the Meet of Champions.

Moronta’s time is 16th-fastest in Meet of Champions history and the third-fastest third-place time ever. It’s also fifth-fastest ever by a South Jersey boy at Meet of Champions, fourth-fastest among Atlantic County runners.

ALL-TIME M-of-C 800 LIST
1:51.72-Isaac Clark, Pleasantville, 2013 (1)
1:51.80-Derrell Manhertz, Kingsway, 2013 (2)
1:52.15-Jacob Clark, Pleasantville, 2013 (3)
1:52.18-Rey Rivera, Old Bridge, 2017 (1)
1:52.24-Allen Eke, Union Catholic, 2012 (1)
1:52.67-AJ Chavez, West Windsor South, 2012 (2)
1:53.33-Jared Mason, West Orange, 2012 (3)
1:53.68-Ishmael Muhammad, Oakcrest, 2013 (4)
1:53.7-Jean Destine, Elizabeth, 1991 (1)
1:53.90-James Buser, Mahwah, 2013 (5)
1:53.95-Joe White, DePaul, 2014 (1)
1:53.98-Elijah Brown, Union Catholic, 2019 (1)
1:54.09-Rey Rivera, Old Bridge, 2016 (1)
1:54.10-Miles Liggins, South Brunswick, 2019 (2)
1:54.36-Ernesto Perez, West Side, 1990 (1)
1:54.41-Gabriel Moronta, Pleasantville, 2019 (3)
1:54.43-Eddison Gulama, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 2013 (6)
1:54.45-Haig Rickerby, McNair, 2017 (2)
1:54.4-John Marshall, Plainfield, 1981 (1)
1:54.54-Luis Peralta, Passaic, 2018 (1)
1:54.61-Morgan Murray, South Brunswick, 2014 (2)
1:54.70-James Buser, Mahwah, 2014 (3)
1:54.81-Bill Dolan, Clearview, 2013 (7)
1:54.82-Xavier Fraction, Washington, 2009 (1)
1:54.84-Robby Andrews, Manalapan, 2008 (1)
1:54.94-Clark Mangini, Christian Brothers, 2013 (8)

Another South Jersey half-miler, Highland’s Jarayah Hawkins, PR’d at 1:57.50 for seventh in the same race.

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