Clearview’s Daniel Henry, Lenape’s Kevin Lauer both record huge breakthroughs for Rowan at Widener 1,500!!!!!

Clearview grad Daniel “Fitch” Henry and Lenape grad Kevin Later had nice breakthrough races Saturday morning in the 1,500.

Henry, a Rowan senior, placed third in 3:55.92 and Lauer, a freshman, was fourth in 3:57.94, but they were the first two collegiate finishers at the Danny Curran Invitational at Widener University in Chester, Pa.

Henry’s time converts to a 4:14.72 full mile, and Lauer’s time converts to a 4:16.90.

Henry’s previous 1,500 PR was a 3:59.32 in a meet at Emory University in Atlanta in 2017. His time was also intrinsically superior to his mile PR of 4:18.57 from a meet in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last spring.

Henry is a four-time NJAC champion over longer distances with wins at 3,000 meters indoors the last two years and at 5,000 meters in the spring of 2017 and 2018.

Lauer’s race was an even bigger breakthrough. His previous 1,500 PR was a 4:02.66 from last weekend in Orlando, and his mile PR is 4:19.72 from indoor NJACs.

At Lenape, had PRs of 4:12.91 for 1,500 meters at the 2017 Moorestown Invitational and 4:18.96 for 1,600 meters at the 2017 Olympic Conference meet (both behind Shawnee’s Mark Miller), which is the equivalent of a 4:20.46 full mile.

Pitman grad Alyssa Sanders records huge 1,500 PR for Rowan in 2019 opener!!!!!

Here’s a heck of a early breakthrough race for you: Pitman grad Alyssa Sanders, a sophomore at Rowan, ran 4:44.09 for the 1,500 Saturday at the 41st annual Aztec Open at San Diego State University.

Sanders placed fourth racing against primarily NCAA Division 1 runners. Her time converts to a 5:04.97 for 1,600 meters, which she ran in high school, or 5:06.73 for the full mile.

Either way, that’s a massive PR for Sanders, who came into the meet with a mile PR of 5:14.04 from the Atlantic Area Regional Track Championships at Ithaca earlier this month and a 1,500 PR of 4:49.25 from the Lehigh Games in Bethlehem last spring.

How far has Sanders come?

She had a 1,600 PR of 5:16.30 at Pitman from Meet of Champions her senior year. So she’s basically lowered that by 10 seconds in two years.

Sanders’ time is No. 12 in NCAA Division 3 so far this spring, two spots ahead of teammate and former high school teammate Hannah Vendetta, who ran 4:44.31 at the same meet … in a different section of the race.

Vendetta, a transfer from Georgia Court in Lakewood, has a 1,500 PR of 4:39.33 from last May, when she won the NJAC title at College of New Jersey in Ewing. She was also the NJAC mile champ this past winter with a 5:07.65.

Vendetta placed fifth and Sanders 10th in the South Jersey Group 1 XC championships in the fall of 2014, which was Vendetta’s senior year and Sanders’ sophomore year, when Pitman placed second in team scoring.

Sanders also has an indoor PR 2:21.25 to her credit from a different meet in San Diego this past weekend, the Pt. Loma Nazarene Invite. That’s only about half a second off her overall 800 PR of 2:20.60 from the David Hemery Invitational indoors at Boston University this past February. Her previous outdoor 800 PR was a 2:24.28 from a meet last April at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Deptford’s Tyler Garland hurdles his way to #1 NCAA D-3 ranking for Rowan!!!!!

Rowan sophomore Tyler Garland from Deptford is off to a hot start this spring and is the top-ranked high hurdler in NCAA Division 3 two weeks into the season.

Garland opened his season with a PR 14.31 with a legal wind (1.0) at the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando. He placed third behind two Division 1 runners, including Isaiah Moore of South Carolina, who won in 13.67.

This past weekend, Garland ran slightly faster, although his 14.30 was slightly wind-aided at 2.5 meters per second. He won the highs at the Central Florida Knights Invitational in Orlando.

In the early going, Garland leads Division 3 by a sizable margin ahead of Connor Troyer of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, who has run 14.48.

Garland is also No. 5 nationally in Division 3 in the 400 intermediates with a PR 54.09 this past weekend in Orlando. He ran the same time as teammate Chris Mesiano, who was credited with the win. Garland had run 54.20 the previous week.

Garland’s previous 400IH PR was a 55.35 at the 2016 Tri-County Championships at Delsea, when he placed second to Jason Stefanski of Penns Grove, a former Rowan hurdler.

Garland is in his first year of outdoor competition for Rowan after spending his freshman year attending Rowan College Gloucester County.

It appears that these two races are Garland’s first over the 110-meter highs since JUCO nationals in May of 2017, when he placed sixth in the 110’s in 16.39 after a 16.09 in the trials. His JUCO PRs were 15.15 and 58.50.

Garland had a high school high hurdles PR of 14.40, so he’s now run faster over the 42-inch barriers than he did in high school over the 39-inch hurdles.

At Orlando, Garland also ran the second leg on Rowan’s 400-meter relay team, which placed fifth in 41.27 and No. 1 in Division 3.

That all-South Jersey quartet also included Camden’s Julian Pratt, Hammonton’s Dayquan Murray and West Deptford’s Shai Mumford.

Pratt also ran 10.80 in the 100 (No. 6 nationally in Division 3), and Mumford ran 21.82 in the 200, No. 4 nationally.

Long-time javelin rivals Curtis Thompson and Chris Mirabelli open 2019 with top-3 NCAA bombs!!!!!

Long-time rivals and javelin All-Americans Curtis Thompson and Chris Mirabelli made their highly anticipated 2019 debuts Saturday, and both enjoyed exceptional days.

Thompson is a graduate of Florence and Mirabelli Holy Cross. They have battled head-to-head at the conference, county, sectional, state, national and international level since first facing each other in the spring of 2011.

You can read about the history of their long-running rivalry here.

Thompson, the 2016 NCAA champ for Mississippi State and Olympic Trials runner-up, had an injury-plagued 2017 and competed only sporadically last year.

He opened his senior year by throwing 248-9 at the Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays Invitational at his home track in Starkville.

That’s the No. 1 throw by a U.S. thrower early on this outdoor season.

Thompson placed second to teammate Anderson Peters, the NCAA champ, national record holder from Grenada and world #23-ranked thrower last year.

He recorded the 248-9 on his first throw of the competition but had a very consistent series. He followed the 248-9 with throws of 244-10 and 237-9 in the trials and after opening the finals with a foul he finished by throwing 239-5 and 240-2.

Peters threw 271-1 for the win. Peters and Thompson are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the early going in the NCAA Division 1 javelin rankings.

Thompson competed in only two meets last year, although he did win the USATF national title with a season-best 249-3 throw.

Mirabelli, however, threw Saturday for the first time in two years. The Rutgers senior, who red-shirted last year and didn’t compete, threw 237-2 to win the South Florida Bulls Invite in Tampa.

In his first meet in 21 months — since the 2017 Olympic Trials, where he was eighth — he recorded his best throw since a month before that, when he won the Big Ten meet at Penn State with a 246-7.

Mirabelli only got off three legal throws, but any of them were good enough to win over teammate Greg Harnett, a Rutgers junior. Mirabelli threw 218-0 and 229-3 on his first and third throws of the trials with a foul in between. After opening the finals with two more fouls, he popped his 237-2 to finish.

Thompson’s PR is 271-11 from the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Mirabelli’s PR is 251-6 from the 2017 Penn Relays.

Mirabelli’s younger brother, Nick, a Rancocas Valley graduate and Texas A&M freshman, threw a PR 234-2 earlier this month

Between the three former BCSL throwers, they are now ranked No. 2, 3 and 5 in NCAA Division 1, with another South Jersey thrower, Cade Antonucci – an Auburn sophomore from Holy Spirit – now at No. 24 with a 217-7 at the Florida State Relays.



RV grad Nick Mirabelli throws FOUR javelin PR’s in college debut, moves into all-time Texas A&M top 10!!!!!

It took Nick Mirabelli one meet to become one of the greatest javelin throwers in Texas A&M history.

Mirabelli, an A&M freshman from Rancocas Valley, threw a personal-best 234-2 to win the Baldy Castillo Invitational at Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.

He opened with a 227-7 and followed with a 233-11 and a 228-1 to lead all qualifiers into the finals. He then went 231-11 and 221-1 before his winning 234-2.

Mirabelli actually had the top two throws of the competition. Senior teammate Sam Hardin was second with a 232-2 on his second throw before passing on his next four.

In the early going, Mirabelli is the No. 2-ranked javelin thrower in the country, behind only senior Trevor Danielson of Texas, who threw 235-5 in a meet in San Antonio.

Just one meet into his college career, Mirabelli moved into the all-time Texas A&M top 10 in the No. 10 spot.

Mirabelli set the state record of 227-10 at the Meet of Champions last spring, so he surpassed that four times in Tempe.

Another South Jersey javelin thrower, Holy Spirit’s Cade Antonucci, also had a strong 2019 debut.

Antonucci, a sophomore at Auburn, threw 217-7 at the Florida State Relays in Tallahassee. He has a PR of 231-5 from a meet last April at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Deptford boys earn All-America honors in shuttle hurdles with 3rd-place finish at New Balance!!!!!

step0001-3.jpgThe team of Naseem Smith, Javon Sanders, Tyrece Brown and Khion Smith placed third in the shuttle hurdles at New Balance Nationals this weekend at the Armory in New York.

Deptford ran 30.19, finishing behind only Oscar Smith of Chesapeake, Va., which ran 29.02, and Western Branch of Virginia, which ran 29.39.

Deptford was originally fourth, but Hamilton North of Mercer County, which placed third in 30.18, was DQ’d, moving the Spartans up one spot on the podium.

The Spartans had already run 29.45 this year, a South Jersey record and the No. 4 time in state history. That performance came at the Bennett Center in Toms River in the state Group 2 Relays.


St. Augustine senior Sincere Rhea capped his brilliant indoor track career Sunday with a national championship at the New Balance National Championships.

Rhea and rival and U.S. No. 1 Kurt Powdar of Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake — among among the fastest hurdlers in U.S. track history — lined up next to each other in the final, Rhea in lane 4, Powdar in lane 5, and Rhea easily won, clocking 7.69 while Powdar was unable to finish.

Cameron Harris of Brighton High School in Colorado came up to finish second in 7.81.

Rhea’s best previous finish at nationals was a fourth place in the 110-meter highs last spring with a 13.84 in the trials and a 13.96 in the finals.

In the prelims on Saturday, Rhea shattered long-standing South Jersey records in the 55- and 60-meter highs and moved into the No. 10 spot in U.S. history in the 55 highs and the No. 12 spot in the 60’s.

You can read about that here.

Earlier Sunday, he led all qualifiers in the semifinals. You can read about that here:

Here’s the all-time U.S. 60-meter high hurdles list:

7.40 … Trey Cunningham [Winfield, Ala.], 2017
7.53 … Grant Holloway [Grassfield, Va.], 2016
7.57 … Donovan Robertson [Berea-Midpark, Ohio], 2012
7.59 … Ayden Owens [North Allegheny, Pa.], 2018
7.59 … Chad Zallow [JFK, Ohio], 2015
7.60 … Wayne Davis [Southeast Raleigh, Tenn.], 2009
7.61 … Kurt Powder [Oscar Smith, Va.], 2019
7.62 … Ricky Harris [Centreville, Va.], 2000
7.62 … Deworski Odom [Overbrook, D.C.], 1995
7.62 … Terrance Trammell [Decatur, Ga.], 1997
7.63 … Cory Poole [East Orange, N.J.], 2017
7.64 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine, N.J.], 2019
7.64 … Damion Thomas [Northeast, Fla.], 2017
7.66 … Eric Edwards [una., Texas], 2018
7.66 … Braxton Canady [Paxton School, Fla.], 2016
7.67 … Michael Hancock [George Washington, Colo.], 2008
7.68 … Thavius Nelson [Troup County, Wisc.], 1996
7.69 … Marcus Krah [Hillside, N.C.], 2016

And the all-time New Jersey 55-meter hurdles list:
7.07 … Cory Poole [East Orange Campus], 2017
7.10 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
6.9h … Renaldo Nehemiah [Scotch Plains], 1985
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.19 … Jermaine Collier [Trenton], 2012
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
7.31 … Akeem Lindo [East Orange Campus], 2018
7.32 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2018
7.32 … Stephan Fletcher [Princeton], 1983
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.32 … Jeff Porter [Franklin Twp.], 2003
7.32 … Al-Tariq Dunson [East Orange], 2018
7.32 … Isaiah Greene [Newark West Side], 2018
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.34 … Devon Hill [Trenton], 2008

Here’s the all-time meet performance list
7.40 … Trey Cunningham [Winfield, Winfield, Ala.], 2017
7.53 … Grant Holloway [Grassfield, Chesapeake, Va.], 2016
7.59 … Chad Zallow [John F Kennedy, Warren, Ohio], 2015
7.60 … Wayne Davis II [Southeast, Raleigh, N.C.], 2009
7.62s …Rickey Harris [Centreville, Clifton, Va.], 2000
7.63 … Damion Thomas [Northeast, Oakland Park, Fla.], 2017
7.63t … Kurt Powder [Oscar Smith, Chesapeake, Va.], 2019
7.64t … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine, Richland, N.J.], 2019
7.66 … Braxton Canady [Paxon, Jacksonville, Fla.], 2016
7.67 … Michael Hancock [Washington, Denver, Colo.], 2008
7.69 … Marcus Krah [Hillside, Durham, N.C.], 2016
7.69 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine, Richland, N.J.], 2019
7.70 … Donovan Robertson [Berea, Berea, Ohio], 2012

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