Do you remember the last time a Pitman boy recorded a double win at sectionals?
If you don’t, there’s a good reason for that.
It was 27 years ago.
Pitman junior Sebastien Reed won the 1,600 and 3,200 this weekend at the South Jersey Group 1 meet at Washington Township.
He’s Pitman’s first double sectional winner since Kevin Schilling won the same two events at the 1992 meet. Schilling won the 1,600 that year in 4:23.7 and the 3,200 in 9:52.7.
Reed now goes into Group 1 states as the No. 1 seed in the 1,600 and a close No. 2 in the 3,200.
Reed won the 1,600 in an unpressed 4:23.64, which isn’t far off his PR of 4:22.16 from the South Jersey Invitational. He won by 50 meters, which makes his time even more impressive.
Reed and Jared Cooper, a senior from Mountain Lakes who ran 4:23.76 at the North 1 sectionals in Clifton, are the only runners in the Group 1 state 1,600 who ran under 4:29 at sectionals. Cooper won the state Group 1 title indoors and has run 4:17 several times, so it should be a terrific race.
Reed and Cooper also ran 1-2 at the state Group 1 XC race, where Reed ran 16:18 over the challenging Holmdel 5,000-meter course.
Reed ran 9:35.65 in the 3,200 at sectionals, finishing four seconds ahead of Woodbury soph Brady Shute, who PR’d at 9:39.66.
Cooper (9:34.46), Reed (9:35.65) and Shute (9:39.66) are the top three seeds at states, with Haddon Township junior Jake Aylmer (9:43.63) the only other entrant who ran under 9:49 at the various sectional meets.
Reed’s 3,200 PR is a 9:27.52 from a meet at Middletown North in late April. He won that race by 150 meters.
Reed also qualified for states in the 800 with a sixth-place 2:03.32 at sectionals, but we’re guessing he won’t be running the 800 at states.