Hurdlers Naseem Smith and Claudine Smith get S.J. off to a FAST start at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Naseem Smith and Claudine Smith got the New Balance Nationals off to a hot start for South Jersey Friday with fast fourth-place finishes in the emerging elite division of the high hurdles.

Naseem Smith, a Deptford senior, ran 8.05 for fourth in the boys 60-meter highs, finishing just 11-100ths of a second out of first place. He ran 7.99 in the trials. Smith’s official FAT times through 55 meters were 7.42 and 7.47.

Smith’s 7.99 in the qualifying rounds is No. 9 in South Jersey history for the 60-meter highs and fastest by a Gloucester County hurdler since S.J. record holder Sultan Tucker of Delsea ran 7.73 back in 1997.

ALL-TIME N.J. 60-METER HURDLES LIST
7.63 … Cory Poole [East Orange Campus], 2017
7.73 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1997
7.87 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2002
7.88 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.90 … Corey Nelms [Neptune], 2006
7.90 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.94 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.94 … Ihmir Marsette [Weequahic], 2017
7.94 … Akeem Lindo [East Orange Campus], 2017
7.95 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 2000
7.95 … Ron Jules [Toms River East], 2003
7.96 … Todd Matthews [Notre Dame], 1998
7.96 … Danyne Brown. [Camden], 1999
7.96 … Joshua Evans [Irvington], 2009
7.96 … Andrew Aguilera [Governor Livingston], 2017
7.97 … Jermaine Collier [Trenton], 2011
7.99 … Zach Ghizzone [Union Catholic], 2013
7.99 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.99 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019

Smith’s 7.42 is also a personal-best for 55, besting his 7.43 from the Meet of Champions last month and moves him up on the all-time South Jersey 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
7.40 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1982
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.42 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
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 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 2000
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
7.49 … Sam Aviles [Palmyra], 2019

As for Claudine Smith, a senior at Atlantic City, she ran 8.65 for fourth in the final after a 60-meter PR of 8.64 in the trials. Her 55-meter official FAT times were 8.04 and 8.05. Her 55-meter hurdles PR is 8.03 from her Meet of Champions win last month.

The 8.65 is No. 9 in state history and No. 5 in South Jersey history.

ALL-TIME N.J. 60-METER HURDLES LIST
8.33 … Charmaine Walker [Plainfield], 1997
8.36 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
8.50 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
8.52 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.52 … Porscha Dobson [Kent Place], 2003
8.56 … Kim Turko [North Edison], 1996
8.59 … Amber Williams [Roxbury], 2000
8.62 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
8.65 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
8.67 … Jen Whitlock [Montclair], 2002

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