SINCERE RHEA JUST MISSES MEET RECORD, WINS 2ND STRAIGHT MEET OF CHAMPIONS HURDLES TITLE!!!!!

St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea continued his brilliant senior year Saturday, easily winning his second straight Meet of Champions title in the 55-meter hurdles.

Rhea is the first repeat winner since Sultan Tucker of Delsea in 1996 and 1997. The only other repeaters in the meet’s 51-year history are Reggie Blackshear of Metuchen in 1972 and 1973, Randy Johnson of Morristown in 1974 and 1975 and Stephan Fletcher of Princeton in 1982 and 1983.

Rhea ran 7.22, missing the meet record of 7.19 set in Trenton’s Jermaine Collier in 2012 by 3-100ths of a second and just 2-100ths of a second off his PR of 7.20 from Easterns earlier this week in New York. His time is tied for third-fastest in meet history.

Rhea is only the second boy or girl from an Atlantic County high school to win consecutive Meet of Champions titles. Nijgia Snapp of Oakcrest won the 400 in 2008 and 2009.

Here’s a list of all the South Jersey 55-meter hurdles winners in Meet of Champions history:

1970 … Jim Robinson [Camden], 7.3h
1984 … George Barry [Camden], 7.6h
1985 … Jonathan Dickey [Penns Grove], 7.6h
1987 … George Bland [Penns Grove], 7.43
1989 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 7.58
1990 … Mike Anderson [Edgewood], 7.56
1992 … Ed Loges [Shawnee], 7.54
1996 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 7.36
1997 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 7.44
1999 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 7.44
2001 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 7.42
2002 … Aaron Ross [Clearview], 7.77
2004 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 7.48
2006 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 7.71
2010 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 7.49
2018 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 7.35
2019 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 7.22

Deptford’s Naseem Smith placed second in a PR of 7.43, which is the fourth-fastest second-place time in meet history and the sixth-fastest time ever run by a South Jersey hurdler at the Meet of Champions.

ALL-TIME MEET OF CHAMPIONS 55 HURDLES LIST
7.19-Jermaine Collier, Trenton 2012 (1)
7.21-Cory Poole, East Orange, 2017 (1)
7.22-Isaac Williams, Willingboro, 2012 (2)
7.22-Sincere Rhea, St. Augustine, 2019 (1)
7.35-Sincere Rhea, St. Augustine, 2018 (1)
7.36-Sultan Tucker, Delsea, 1996 (1)
7.36-Christian Boateng, Old Bridge, 2011 (1)
7.40-Josh Evans, Irvington 2009 (1)
7.41-Jeff Porter, Franklin, 2003 (1)
7.41-Rolston Braithwaite, Trenton, 2009 (2)
7.41-Geordan Ferguson, Manchester Twp., 2012 (3)
7.42-Anthony Acklin, Triton, 2001 (1)
7.42-Greg Caldwell, West Windsor North, 2012 (4)
7.42-Cory Poole, East Orange, 2017 (t)
7.42-Isaiah Greene, Newark West Side, 2018 (2)
7.42-Eric Kahana, Freehold Boro, 2012 (5)
7.43-George Bland, Penns Grove, 1987 (1)
7.43-Todd Matthews, Notre Dame, 1998 (1)
7.43-Andrew Aguilera, Governor Livingston, 2017 (2)
7.43-Naseem Smith, Deptford, 2019 (2)
7.44-Sultan Tucker, Delsea, 1997 (1)
7.44-Danyne Brown, Camden, 1999 (1)
7.44-Obafemi Animashaun, Union Catholic, 2014 (1)
7.44-Alex Borzelin, Hamilton North
7.45-Tykeen Fulton, Trenton, 2005 (1)
7.45-Emanuel Mayers, Lakewood, 2007 (2)
7.45-Kevin Hagamin, Timber Creek, 2014 (2)
7.47-Jame Bolden-Presley, Rahway, 2012 (6)
7.47-Benjamin Aidoo, Sayreville, 2016 (1)
7.48-Reuben McCoy, Winslow, 2004 (1)
7.48-Kamryn Austin, Ewing, 2008 (1)
7.48-Boateng, 2011 (trials)

Palmyra’s Sam Aviles took fourth in 7.59, giving South Jersey three of the top four places.

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