Speedy Miekel House becomes first Delran runner to double at Burlco Open in 25 years!!!!!

It’s been 25 years since a Delran runner recorded a double win at the Burlington County Open, and with his lanky build, long stride and explosion out of the blocks, Miekel House looks a LOT like the great Brandon Jenkins, the last to do it.

In 1994, Jenkins was a Delran sophomore when he won the 200 in 22.1 and 400 in 48.9 at the County Open. He went on to win the Meet of Champions 200 that spring in 21.46, but his promising career was sadly cut short before he could reach his full potential.

House won both dashes easily Saturday at Rancocas Valley, unpressed in 10.88 in the 100 and coasting to a 22.39 in a two-man final section of the 200 after a bunch of scratches.

House became the first Delran boy to win the 100 at the County Open since Todd Lowber — who went on to become an NCAA Division 3 high jump national champion and Dallas Cowboys tight end — in 2001. He’s the first to win the 200 since Jenkins in 1994.

Next spring, House will have the chance to become the first sprinter to double the County Open 100 and 200 in back-to-back years since Louis Smith of Burlington Township in 1996 and 1997.

House, a Delran junior, is only the fifth Delran boy to double at the County Open and the first to do it on the track since Jenkins a quarter of a century ago:

1991 – Andre Fisher [183-3 javelin, 6-4 HJ]
1994 – Brondon Jenkins [22.1 200, 48.9 400]
2001 – Todd Lowber [10.78 100, 6-6 HJ
2011 – Dennis Fields [22-5 LJ, 43-0 3/4 TJ]
2019 – Miekel House [10.88 100, 22.39 200]

House had a promising sophomore year, running as fast as 10.82 at sectionals, where he was second to Pleasantville’s Sahmir Jones by 2-100ths of a second, and taking third in the 200 in 22.08, which remains his 200 PR. He went on to take second at Group 2 states in the 100 and third in the 200.

House PR’d this spring in the 100 with a 10.81 in the trials of the South Jersey Invite before taking second in the final with a 10.84, 1-100th of a second behind Clayton’s Thomas Hampton.

House is now No. 11 on the all-time Burlington County 100-meter dash list.  That list is below.

He’s No. 5 in the state in the 100 and No. 2 in South Jersey, and No. 4 in S.J. in the 200. He’s also ranked No. 1 in the state in Group 2 in the 100 and fourth in the 200. But you get the feeling that 200 time is ready to come down in the right race and conditions.

Next for House and Delran is the BCSL Championships this weekend at Willingboro.

10.45 … James Townsend (Holy Cross), 2003
10.62 … Kashif Moore (Burlington Twp.), 2007
10.66 … Bobby Orro (Pemberton), 1994
10.72 … Sterling Pierce [Rancocas Valley], 2015
10.5h … Carl Lewis (Willingboro), 1979
10.5h … Brondon Jenkins (Delran), 1979
10.5h … Ken Reynolds (Willingoro), 1985, 1986
10.5h … Malik Crawford (Willingboro), 1988
10.75 … Jamaal Harris (Palmyra), 2002
10.78 … Michael Bolling (Willingboro), 2000
10.81 … Miekel House [Delran], 2019
10.86 … Daequan Kim(Bordentown), 2009
10.87 … Jashuan Spady (Pemberton), 2009
10.87 … Koree Dusenbury (Burlington Twp.), 2011
10.88 … Ben Longjohn [Shawnee], 2017

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