Sincere Rhea, Naseem Smith, Sam Aviles put on a show in 110 high hurdles at states!!!!!

South Jersey hurdlers put on quite a show at the two state meets Saturday, with Palmyra’s Sam Aviles running a huge PR and near meet-record 14.12 to win Group 1 at Franklin, Naseem Smith of Deptford running a personal-best 13.98 to win Group 3 at Central Regional and St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea – the indoor national champ – winning Parochial A in 13.93.

Let’s take a look at South Jersey’s three high hurdles state champions:

SAM AVILES: Aviles came into the weekend with a PR of 14.45 but ran 14.36 to lead all qualifiers and then blasted a huge PR of 14.12, which left him just 7-100ths of a second off the meet record of 14.05 set in 2016 by Ihmir Marsette of Weequahic and within range of the school record of 13.97 set in 2006 by national scholastic champion Will Brown. Aviles needed every fraction of that PR to hold off second-place Christian Martin of Whippany Park, who was second in 14.13. Aviles also won the state group 1 title indoors and was second in the Meet of Champions in the 55 highs. His time is No. 5 in Burlington County history.

ALL-TIME BURLINGTON COUNTY 110HH LIST
13.59 … Gerard Reynolds (Willingboro), 1990
13.76 … Isaac Williams (Willingboro), 2012
13.97 … Will Brown (Palmyra), 2006
13.99 … Herb Reid (Lenape), 2000
14.12 … Sam Aviles (Palmyra), 2019
14.18 … Jalen Walker (Burlington Twp.), 2010
14.18 … Darren McCluskey (Cherokee), 2011
14.20 … Jusson Boyd (Willingboro), 2007
14.24 … Cezaire Rohn (Willingboro), 2000
14.26 … Aaron Biddle (Bordentown), 1998
14.26 … Napolean Suarez (Pemberton), 2000
14.26 … Kevin Gantt (Seneca), 2006

NASEEM SMITH: Smith lowered his PR from 14.05 , which he ran in the trials of the South Jersey Invitational last month, in winning his second straight outdoor Group 3 state title. Smith’s time is now No. 20 in South Jersey history and No. 3 in Gloucester County history, behind only Sultan Tucker of Delsea, who ran 13.66 in 1997, and Devon Carter of Washington Township, who ran 13.96 in 2010. Smith is the No. 3 seed in the Meet of Champions, behind only Rhea and Rosell’s Jaheem Hayles, who won Group 2 in 13.95.

ALL-TIME S.J. 110 HURDLES LIST
13.43 … Danye Brown [Camden], 1999
13.52 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
13.59 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
13.66 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1997
13.73 … Kevin Hagamin [Timber Creek], 2014
13.74 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
13.75 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
13.76 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
13.76 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
13.77 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
13.81 … Scot McCray [Camden], 1997
13.81 … Jeff Young [Wilson], 1999
13.90 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
13.92 … Enrique Llanos [Wilson], 1999
13.94 … Hal Lathan [Egg Harbor Twp,], 2009
13.95 … Kevin White [Haddon Heights], 1992
13.96 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
13.97 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
13.97 … Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2010
13.98 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
13.99 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 2000

SINCERE RHEA: Rhea continues to perform at a dazzling level in whatever event he enters. On Friday, he won the Parochial A 400 in 48.06, lowering his PR from 48.80. If he chooses to race the 400 at Meet of Champions, he’ll be the No. 2 seed, behind only Mario Heslop of Franklin Township, who easily won Group 4 in 47.12. Rhea is now No. 3 in Atlantic County history in the 400. Here’s the all-time South Jersey list, which I took down to 48.10:

ALL-TIME S.J. 400 LIST
46.02 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
46.25 … Brandon Outlaw [Moorestown], 2017
46.62 … Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991
46.67 … Jamaad Muse [Timber Creek], 2014
46.77 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
46.82 … Brandon Outlaw [Moorestown], 2017
46.90 … Antonio Abney [Willingboro], 2007
46.95 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012
47.03 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1994
47.1h … Darron Outler [Lenape], 1984
47.2h … Levin Handy [Vineland], 1969
47.2h … Brian Bennett [Edgewood], 1985
47.44 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
47.48 … Ron Hillian [Eastern], 2002
47.3h … Curtis Mcintyre [Bridgeton], 1992
47.59 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
47.4h … Ken Moore [Overbrook], 1984
47.4h … Chuck Carter [Eastern], 1985
47.4h … Barry Douglas [Willingboro], 1993
47.64 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2010
47.30 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
47.76 … Carl Smith [Camden], 2005
47.88 … Shawney Kersey [Woodbury], 2009
47.88 … Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 2011
47.95 … John Morris [Camden], 2001
47.96 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2012
47.99 … Elliot DeShields [Clayton], 2011
48.01 … Greg Arnett [Woodrow Wilson], 1996
48.02 … Nigel Sanchez [Woodrow Wilson], 2014
48.03 … Tyler Davidson [Willingboro], 2014
48.05 … Mike Patterson [Pleasantville], 1997
48.05 … Mohamed Kanu [Lenape], 1999
48.06 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
48.07 … Isaac Clark [Pleasantville], 2013

It was business as usual for Rhea in the high hurdles, where he won his seventh career state title in 13.93 and goes into the Meet of Champions as the top seed.

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