Rider junior Tom Long, a former Cinnaminson runner, dipped under 1:54 for 800 meters for the first time this weekend.
Long ran 1:53.73 for second at the Rider 5-Way meet in Lawrenceville, finishing behind only John Waker of St. Joe’s, who ran a personal-best of his own at 1:53.11.
Long’s previous PR was a 1:54.11 from the prelims of the 2017 MAAC Championships on the same track.
Long’s time is fastest by a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference half-miler so far this spring. He also ranks ninth in the 1,500 with a 4:03.24 from a meet at Penn the previous weekend.
At Cinnaminson, Long ran 1:55.49 when he was fifth in a fast state Group 2 race in the spring of 2015. Some 12 runners in Group 2 ran sub-1:57 that day.