Deptford’s Kiara Lester and Penn State win Penn Relays Championship of America sprint medley!!!!!

Kiara Lester is a Penn Relays champion!

Lester, a Penn State junior from Wenonah and Deptford High, ran the first 200-meter leg on the Nittany Lions’ sprint medley team, which won the Championship of America title Friday at the 125th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Brooke-Lynn Williams, Lester, Alexis Holmes and Danae Rivers teamed up to run a school-record 3:45.25 and beat George Mason by five meters.

The relay title is only the third in Penn State history at the Penn Relays. The Nittany Lions won the 3,200-meter relay in 1978 and the 1,600-meter relay in 2008.

Penn State was third last year in 3:47.80 with Lester and Rivers in the lineup. That was also the old school record. Penn State’s time is No. 3 in the nation this year, behind only Texas A&M (3:42.20) and Texas (3:45.05).

Rutgers placed fourth in 3:48.63 with two South Jersey products on the team — Iyanla Kollock of Our Lady of Mercy and Ajae Alvarez-Tyler of Egg Harbor.

Haddonfield girls take 5th in Championship of America 4-by-800 with all-time S.J. #10 performance!!!!!

The Haddonfield girls ran really fast on Thursday, and they ran even faster on Friday.

Haddonfield placed fifth in the Championship of America 3,200-Meter Relay Friday at the 125th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field with the 10th-fastest time in South Jersey history.

As she did on Thursday, Sarah Naticchia got Haddonfield started out of the hole with a sub-2:18 split, and teammates Lindsay Colflesh, Payton Weiner and Allison Colflesh kept the Lady Bulldogs in the race for six more laps.

Haddonfield ran 9:18.37, fastest by a South Jersey school in four years and second-fastest by a New Jersey school this year. Union Catholic rode Leena Morant’s 2:11.80 split to second place Friday in 9:00.36, behind only Edwin Allen of Jamaica, which ran 8:54.02.

Naticchia led off in 2:17.53, Lindsay Colflesh split 2:21.40, Payton Weiner 2:19.48 and Allison Colflesh 2:19.97 for Haddonfield.

Haddonfield ran 9:20.33 on Thursday.

Can Haddonfield run faster?

Consider this: If you add the four runners’ superior split from the two races — 2:17.53 for Naticchia, 2:19.75 for Lindsay Colflesh, 2:19.97 for Weiner and 2:19.50 for Allison Colflesh — it adds up to 9:16.75.

All-Time South Jersey List
9:05.62 … Lenape, 2012
9:05.83 … Lenape, 2008
9:06.30 … Haddonfield, 2008
9:10.32 … Haddonfield, 2000
9:15.61 … Ocean City, 2014
9:15.92 … Haddonfield, 2015
9:16.57 … Seneca, 2017
9:16.79 … Haddonfield, 1999
9:18.22 … Kingsway, 2016
9:18.37 … Haddonfield, 2019
9:18.57 … Seneca, 2018
9:18.71 … Lenape, 2011
9:18.93 … Haddonfield, 2018
9:18.94 … Lenape, 2006
9:19.15 … Wilson, 2002
9:19.68 … Kingsway, 2017
9:20.39 … Sterling, 2017
9:20.39 … Haddonfield, 2014
9:20.55 … Seneca, 2008

Micah Wood, Ian Moore split sub-1:56, lead R.V. to S.J. #1 3,200 relay and C-of-A near-miss at Penn!!!

Rancocas Valley ran the fastest 3,200-meter relay by a South Jersey school this year Friday morning at Penn and just missed qualifying for the Championship of America.

The team of Vincent Brown, Micah Wood, John Womack and Ian Moore ran 7:56.30 for seventh place in the second of two large-school races in the 125th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The 12-fastest schools from two small-school races and two large-school races advance to the Championship of America race at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The cutoff this year was 7:55.60, so the Red Devils fell just 7-10ths of a second shy of advancing.

Brown led off with a 2:01.56 split, followed by Wood’s 1:54.44. After Womack’s 2:04.55, Moore anchored in 1:55.77.

R.V. and Calabar were the only schools in the entire event with two legs under 1:56.

Wood’s 1:54.44 was fifth-fastest split of the day from the four races and the second-fastest second leg. Moore’s 1:55.77 was 12th-fastest overall. Wood and Moore had the second- and fourth-fastest legs among New Jersey half-milers.

Here’s a look at the fastest splits in the four races:
1:53.44 … Kyle Durham, Weddington, N.C. [4th]
1:53.51 … Kevroy Venson, Calabar [2nd]
1:53.59 … Blake Ewaskey, Central Bucks West [4th]
1:53.99 … Ryan Lindrud, Ridge [4th]
1:54.44 … Micah Wood, Rancocas Valley [2nd]
1:54.72 … Tarees Rhoden, Kingston College [4th]
1:54.76 … Kimar Farquharson, Calabar [4th]
1:54.87 … Mark Scanlon, Arlington, N.Y. [1st]
1:54.88 … Luis Peralta, Passaic [4th]
1:55.06 … Connor Dickell, Council Rock South [1st]
1:55.27 … Evan Dorenkamp, Manheim Twp. [4th]
1:55.77 … Ian Moore, Rancocas Valley [4th]

Oakcrest’s Brielle Smith makes the javelin podium at Penn Relays, Millville’s Kira Parsons also PRs!!!

Oakcrest junior Brielle Smith, who set a state javelin record of 168-6 at the Woodbury Relays on Saturday, followed that up with a podium finish at the 125th annual Penn Relays on Thursday.

Smith, the New Balance Nationals champion last spring, threw 150-7 for her second straight top-three finish at Franklin Field. She was second with a 145-4 last year.

Smith popped her 150-7 on her first throw. She threw 149-5 on her second attempt and then fouled on her final throw of the trials and first throw of the finals. After a 133-1 on her fifth throw, she passed on her final attempt, knowing she would have had to throw close to the national record to take the lead.

Skylar Ciccolini of Mifflin High in Lewiston, Pa., who went into the meet with a PR of 177-0, which was No. 5 in U.S. history, popped the No. 2 throw in scholastic history with a 184-2 on her first throw of the competition. That’s No. 2 all-them behind Madison Wiltrout of Connellsville (Pa.) High, who threw 185-8 in 2015.

Millville junior Kira Parsons placed ninth but PR’d at 130-2. Her previous high school PR was a 126-9 from the West Deptford Relays earlier this month. She does have a 13311 from a summer javelin-only meet in East Stroudsburg, but that’s not eligible for ranking purposes.

Smith and Parsons rank No. 1 and 2 in South Jersey this year.

Rancocas Valley girls win first Penn Relays Large-School title with fastest time in 13 years!!!!!

The Rancocas Valley girls blew away the field Thursday in the Penn Relays South Jersey Large-School 1,600-Meter Relay, running 3:51.76 and winning by 35 meters.

This is the first time R.V. has ever won the Penn Relays Large-School race. The Red Devils won the small-school race in 4:03.62 in 2007 after being erroneously placed in the wrong division.

R.V.’s time is fastest in the Penn Relays Large-School race in 13 years, since Woodrow Wilson ran 3:50.81 back in 2006.

The Red Devils ended a three-year winning streak by Winslow Township, which placed second in 3:56.91.

R.V. advanced to the Philadelphia Area 1,600-Meter Relay Championships, which is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

Sophomore Sheriyah Nutt led off for R.V. in 58.12, which had R.V. in second place, just behind Lenape, which got a 57.50 leadoff from senior Shelby Whetstone.

Senior Brianna Snowden ran second for R.V., and her 57.99 split gave the Red Devils the lead. Sophomore Alyssa Leak (58.34) and freshman Anabella Chin (57.33) finished up for Rancocas Valley.

Snowden and Nutt also ran on R.V.’s 400-meter relay team, which ran 47.91 and advanced to two regional championship races later this weekend

The time is only about 1 1/2 seconds off R.V.’s school record of 3:50.36, which they set at the Meet of Champions last spring.

Same as the 4-by-100, R.V.’s time was second-fastest by a New Jersey school, behind only Union Catholic. The Scotch Plains school ran 3:45.39 and qualified for Friday’s Championship of America.

R.V. ranked 15th overall in the 4-by-4 out of 608 entrants.

Millville (3:56.75) was next-fastest out of South Jersey in a class race. Senior Malea Broome (59.58), senior Raelynne Miller (59.53), sophomore Zaniah Bowman (60.29) and freshman Bryanna Craig (57.36) ran for Millville, which isn’t eligible for the Philadelphia Area race.

Winslow, which also advanced to the Philadelphia Area race, got a 57.07 second leg from junior Janeya Hammond and an 58.03 anchor from junior Nylah Perry and ran 3:56.91 for second, with senior Nicole Hood (60.76) and senior Rayven Rouse (61.07). Paul VI was third in 3:58.16 with senior Carly Schmidt (61.51), junior Blair Daniels (59.28), freshman Sofia Erichetti (59.67) and junior Aliya Rae Garozzo (57.71).

Here’s the field for Saturday’s Philadelphia Area race:
3:51.76 … Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly)
3:53.35 … Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.)
3:54.88 … Paul Robeson (Philadelphia)
3:55.54 … Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.)
3:55.85 … Central Bucks West (Doylestown, Pa.)
3:56.62 … Cheltenham (Wyncote, Pa.)
3:56.91 … Winslow (Atco)
3:57.24 … North Penn (Lansdale)
3:58.16 … Paul VI (Haddon Township)
3:58.66 … Upper Darby (Upper Darby Pa.)
4:00.23 … Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.)
4:02.27 … Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.)

Penn Relays Large-School 4-by-4 Winners
2019 … Rancocas Valley, 3:51.76
2018 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.79
2017 … Winslow Twp., 3:51.84
2016 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.97
2015 … Lenape, 3:59.53
2014 … Lenape, 3:58.42
2013 … Cherokee, 3:54.98
2012 … Winslow, 3:54.53
2011 … Winslow, 3:57.63
2010 … Seneca, 3:56.90
2009 … Seneca, 4:02.63
2008 … Camden, 3:53.88
2007 … Washington Twp., 3:56.69
2006 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:50.81
2005 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:56.77
2004 … Winslow Twp., 3:54.61
2003 … Willingboro, 3:47.30
2002 … Willingboro, 3:51.45
2001 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:51.80
2000 … Willingboro, 3:53.15
1999 … Willingboro, 3:48.80
1998 … Willingboro, 3:53.55
1997 … Willingboro, 3:55.82
1996 … Willingboro, 4:00.45
1995 … Camden, 3:46.94
1994 … Camden, 3:50.45

Collingswood girls win second straight Penn Relays S.J. Small-School 4-by-4!!!

The Collingswood girls won their second straight South Jersey Small-School 1,600-Meter Relay title Thursday at the Penn Relays, edging Delsea by exactly one second.

Collingswood ran 4:01.66 last year and ran 4:00.51 to win this year. They’re the first to repeat in 14 years, since Bishop Eustace won in 2004 (4:03.88) and 2005 (4:03.58).

Junior Emily Wallace led off with a 58.65 leg that got Collingswood into first, and sophomore Jaaliyah Evans held the lead with a 59.66 split. Seniors Dash Cruz (1:01.68) and Samantha Hamrick (1:00.54) finished off the race for the Panthers.

Wallace, Cruz and Hamrick were also on last year’s winning team, along with Taylor Perkowski, who graduated.

Fastest split of the race belonged to senior Courtney Smith, who anchored Pennsville’s fourth-place team (4:06.39) in 54.84. Smith was state Group 1 champion in the high and intermediate hurdles last spring

Other sub-60 splits belonged to Aalliyha Fox of Delsea (58.90), Meredith Updike of Cinnaminson (59.46), Amirah Sharpe of Paulsboro (59.80) and Carly Nicholson of Delsea (59.79).

All-Time Penn Relays Small School 4-by-400 Winners
2019 … Collingswood, 4:00.51
2018 … Collingswood, 4:01.66
2017 … Audubon, 4:00.44
2016 … Camden Catholic, 4:08.69
2015 … Pemberton, 4:07.97
2014 … Delsea, 4:06.24
2013 … Camden, 4:07.24
2012 … Kingsway, 4:00.77
2011 … Camden, 4:04.27
2010 … Willingboro, 3:54.82
2009 … Camden, 3:57.23
2008 … Haddonfield, 4:01.70
2007 … Rancocas Valley, 4:03.62
2006 … Haddonfield, 4:01.48
2005 … Bishop Eustace, 4:03.58
2004 … Bishop Eustace, 4:03.88
2003 … Haddonfield, 4:06.51
2002 … Paul VI, 4:10.34
2001 … Paul VI, 4:05.56
2000 … Woodrow Wilson, 4:02.48

Rancocas Valley’s girls tear up the Franklin Field track with N.J. #2 47.91, advance to Tri-State Championships with Millville!!!!!

The Rancocas Valley and Millville girls qualified for both the Northeast Championship race and the Tri-State Championship race following the 400-meter relay heats Thursday at the 125th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The Northeast race is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Friday and the Tri-State race is scheduled for 1:38 p.m. Saturday.

Rancocas Valley’s team of senior Darynn Minus-Vincent, senior Brianna Snowden, junior Kristina Tossas and sophomore Sheriyah Nutt ran 47.91 in Thursday’s heats, 20th-fastest from among 628 schools that started. The only faster New Jersey school was Union Catholic, which ran 47.84 in a different race. Millville ran 48.42, 28th-fastest overall.

Millville’s senior Malea Broome, freshman Bryanna Craig, junior Ciera Bowman and junior Zaniah Bowman ran 48.42.

Winslow (48.51) and Paul VI (48.85) were also under 49 seconds.

Union Catholic, Rancocas Valley and Millville now have the three-fastest times by New Jersey 400-meter relay teams this year.

Of the 18 other schools that ran faster than R.V., 12 are from Jamaica, one from the Bahamas, two from Virginia, one from Maryland, one from New York and one from Central Pennsylvania.

Here are all the qualifiers for all the 400-meter relay championship races:

Rancocas Valley placed second in its heat, just behind South Lakes of Reston, Va., which ran 47.28. Millville was also second in its race, finishing behind Ruseas of Lucea, Hanover, in Jamaica.

This is the third straight year R.V. has broken 48 seconds in the 4-by-100. The Red Devils ran 47.49 in 2017 and 47.63 last year. Their time is No. 8 in Burlington County history

All-Time South Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
46.87 … Eastern, 2003
46.98 … Winslow Twp., 2017
46.9h … Willingboro, 1980
47.06 … Winslow Twp., 2014
47.18 … Winslow Twp., 2013
47.19 … Winslow Twp., 2018
47.27 … Delsea, 2017
47.40 … Winslow Twp., 2016
47.45 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2018
47.45 … Willingboro, 1994
47.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
47.3h … Willingboro, 1981
47.54 … Winslow Twp., 2003
47.63 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
47.4h … Camden,, 1978
47.4y … Camden, 1979
47.75 … Eastern, 2002
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2005
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2012
47.8h … Willingboro, 2003
47.82 … Moorestown, 2000
47.85 … Deptford, 2015
47.87 … Winslow Twp., 2011
47.91 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
47.9h … Willingboro, 1995
47.94 … Camden, 2000