Shawnee and Cornell grad Kristen Niedrach runs fast 800 PR in Oregon!!!!!

What a race by former Shawnee middle-distance runner Kristen Niedrach Friday evening in Oregon!

Niedrach ran a personal-best 2:08.88 at the Stumptown Twilight Invitational at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Her previous PR was 2:08.93 in Grootebroek, Netherlands, on July 14, 2018

Not bad for a 2:21 high school runner!

Niedrach graduated in 2012 from Shawnee, where she had PRs of 2:21.55 from sectionals as a sophomore and 5:01.86 for 1,600 meters, which she ran indoors her senior year winning the state Group 3 title.

She went to Cornell, where she gradually lowered her 1,500 time — from 4:31.10 as a freshman to 4:29.39 as a sophomore, 4:26.85 as a junior and then 4:22.45 as a senior in a meet at Bucknell. That’s the equivalent of a 4:41.74 for 1,600 meters or a 4:43.37 for a full mile.

Niedrach’s progress was similar in the 800, where she ran 2:12.72 as a sophomore, 2:10.28 as a junior and then had that breakthrough race in the Netherlands last summer.

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Willingboro native Steve Muse records two top-3 finishes at U.S. Masters Championships!!!!!

Willingboro native Steve Muse recorded two top-three finishes in the USATF National Masters Championships this weekend.

Competing in the 50-59 age group, Muse, a 1984 graduate of Kennedy High in Willingboro, placed second in the shot put with a throw of 52-2 and took third in the discus with a throw of 155-5.

Muse is 53.

In the shot, Muse had four throws over 50 feet. He opened with a 50-6 and also had throws of 52-0, 51-1 and 50-4 1/4 before hitting the 52-2 on his final attempt. He finished second behind only Jason Wyatt, who threw 53-2 1/2 on his first attempt.

Wyatt was a six-time NAIA national champion in the shot put in the early 1990s competing for Asuza Pacific College in Southern California.

In the discus, Muse popped four throws over 150 feet, including a 150-0 on his first throw, a 151-3 on his second and 153-0 on his sixth and final attempt. The 155-5 came on his fourth attempt. He finished third behind David Bultman (165-7) and Todd Davis (155-10). Bultman placed fourth at World Juniors in 1988 as a freshman at UCLA. Davis never competed in track until his late 20s but has won multiple national age-group titles.

In the spring of 1984, Muse was BCSL Liberty Division (53-9), County Open (52-0) and South Jersey Group 3 shot put champ (53-10) and won the discus at the Liberty Division meet (157-1) and County Open (165-5).

He still ranks No. 4 in Burlington county history in the discus with his 171-10, trailing only Kamron Kobolak (185-6), Dennis Norman (174-4) and Alex Lewis (174-3).

Muse went on to compete for Boise State, where he was a three-time All-America — second in the NCAA discus in 1987, fifth in the shot indoors in 1998 and sixth in the shot outdoors in 1987.

Muse threw 61-11 3/4 indoors in 1988. That still ranks No. 3 in Boise State history. He’s also No. 3 in Boise history outdoors in the shot with a 61-11 1/4.

He was a four-time Big Sky champ for Boise State, winning the discus in 1985, 1987 and 1989 and the shot indoors in 1988.

He still ranks No. 2 in Boise State history in the discus at 198-2, although he went on to throw 201-7 in 1993 while he competed for the U.S. national team in a dual meet against Great Britain in Edinburgh. He competed in the discus in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta.

UPDATED! It’s the new and improved South Jersey men’s and women’s Alumni Records!!!!!

Since we first posted the all-time South Jersey alumni records, we’ve gotten a tremendous response that’s helped us fill in some of the blanks.

Here’s a look at the marks we’ve added or updated since the initial posts (women here, men here)

—> Thanks to Bill Collins for letting us know that Holy Spirit graduate Sam Summerville ran slightly faster than Rob Novak for the 800. Summerville ran 1:46.48 back in June of 1978 for Manhattan at NCAAs, and that remains the Manhattan school record. Rob’s fastest 800 was 1:46.64.

—> We were searching for someone under 13:50 for 5,000 meters, and Bill Stewart suggested Karl Savage, and the Eastern graduate indeed ran 13:48.61 out in California in April of 2003.

—> Kevin O’Donnell of Camden Catholic bumped Eric Lorenz off the list in the 10,000 with his St. Joe’s school-record 29:16.01 at Bucknell in 2013, a second ahead of Eric’s 29:17.04 at the 1992 Penn Relays.

—> And Deirdre Woodard brought us up to date on the remarkable Johnnie Jackson, a Cherry Hill East graduate who we somehow have whiffed on up till now. Johnnie threw the hammer 235-4 and won NCAA titles in both the weight throw indoors and the hammer outdoors while he was at LSU.

—> As soon as I posted the list I remembered that Nadia Davy of Bridgeton had run some pretty hot 400s, and her PR was 50.66 in 2003 in Sacramento, so that bumps Michelle Brown’s 51.70 off the list.

—> The only other movement on the women’s list came when Marielle Hall ran 15:02.27 – No. 20 in U.S. history – in a meet over the weekend at Asuza, Calif.

I’m still not sure about the women’s marathon and triple jump marks or the men’s triple jump and decathlon. And we still don’t have a pole vaulter on the guy’s side! And there still could be faster guys in the 5,000 or 10,000.

All that said, here are the updated lists. Corrections and additions always welcome in the comments section!

WOMEN
100-METER DASH: 10.74, English Gardner [Eastern], July 3, 2016, Eugene
200-METER DASH: 22.62, English Gardner [Eastern], May 12, 2013, Los Angeles
400-METER DASH: 50.66, Nadia Davy [Bridgeton], June 14, 2003, Sacramento
800-METER RUN: 1:59.85, Michelle DiMuro [Shawnee], June 17, 1996, Atlanta
1500-METER RUN: 4:03.49, Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], Aug. 29, 2010, Rieti, Italy
MILE: 4:26.48, Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], Sept. 7, 2008, Rieti, Italy
5,000-METER RUN: 15:02.27, Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], June 28, 2015, Eugene
10,000-METER RUN: 31:37.45, Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], May 1, 2016, Palo Alto
MARATHON: 2:37.20, Laura Mason [Northern Burlington], Feb. 4, 1995, Las Vegas
100-METER HURDLES: 12.48, Nia Ali [Pleasantville], June 22, 2013, Des Moines
400-METER HURDLES: 55.78, Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], April 21, 1996, Walnut
HIGH JUMP: 6-3, Priscilla Frederick [Paul VI], July 22, 2015, Toronto, Jan. 26, 2019, Hustopeče, Czechoslovakia
LONG JUMP: 23-1, Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Aug. 21, 1985, Zürich
TRIPLE JUMP: 43-3 1/4, Cidaea’ Woods [Winslow Twp.], May 13, 2018, Knoxville
POLE VAULT: 14-0 3/4, Stephanie Maugham [Shawnee], April 6, 2002
SHOT PUT: 61-3 1/2, Jesica Woodard [Cherokee], Eugene, June 7, 2018
DISCUS: 190-9, Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], Austin, March 31, 2018
HAMMER THROW: 220-6, Jamine Moton [Delsea], May 29, 2002, Baton Rouge
JAVELIN: 169-9, Kelly Yanucil [Bordentown], Philadelphia, April 27, 2017
HEPTATHLON: 5,870, Nia Ali [Pleasantville], Asuza, Calif., April 14, 2016

MEN
100-METER DASH: 9.86, Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Aug. 25, 1991, Tokyo
200-METER DASH:  19.75, Carl Lewis [Willingboro], June 19, 1983, Indianapolis
400-METER DASH:  44.30, Lamont Smith [Willingboro], June 19, 1996, Atlanta
800-METER RUN: 1:46.48, Sam Summerville [Holy Spirit], June 2 or June 3, 1978, Eugene
1500-METER RUN: 3:36.98, Ford Palmer [Absegami], July 18, 2015, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
MILE: 3:54.92, Ford Palmer [Absegami], Feb. 26, 2018, Boston
5,000-METER RUN: 13:48.61, Karl Savage [Eastern], April 17, 2003, Walnut, Calif.
10,000-METER RUN: 29:16.01, Kevin O’Donnell [Camden Catholic], April 13, 2013, Lewisburg, Pa.
MARATHON: 2:16.46, Paul Friedman [Moorestown], April 21, 1980, Boston
110-METER HURDLES: 12.94, Jack Pierce [Woodbury], June 22, 1996, Atlanta,
400-METER HURDLES: 48.37, Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], June 28, 2008, Eugene
HIGH JUMP: 7-5 3/4, Darren Burton [Delran], Ylivieska, Finland, July 23, 1989
LONG JUMP: 29-1, Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Tokyo, Aug. 30, 1991
TRIPLE JUMP: 53-6 1/2, Greg Foster [Shawnee], Flagstaff, May 14, 1988
POLE VAULT:
SHOT PUT: 69-3 3/4, Josh Olayinka Awotunde [Delsea], Los Angeles, April 13, 2019
DISCUS: 204-0, Mike Mielke [Holy Spirit], Tucson, May 4, 1996
JAVELIN: 271-11, Curtis Thompson [Florence], Eugene, July 4, 2016
HAMMER: 235-4, Johnnie Jackson [Cherry Hill East], Eugene, Ore., June 7, 2017
DECATHLON: 7164, Charlie Pratt [Palmyra], Kingsburg, Calif., July 24-25, 1957

Cade Antonucci represents U.S. in NACAC U-23 Championships in Mexico!!!!!

It’s been quite a summer so far for Holy Spirit graduate Cade Antonucci, who got to represent the U.S. at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Mexico this past week.

Antonucci, a Mays Landing native who recently completed his sophomore year at Auburn, placed fourth among athletes from across North America, Central America and the Caribbean that comprise the NACAC.

Antonucci threw 224-3 on his final attempt. The meet was held at the Pista de Ateltismo in Querétaro, Mexico, about 150 miles northeast of Mexico City.

Anderson Peters, the Grenadan national record holder, won the event with a throw of 268-8. Peters was teammates this past year with Curtis Thompson of Florence at Mississippi State. Peters and Thompson went 1-2 at NCAAs.

Antonucci, the 2017 Meet of Champions winner and New Balance runner-up for Holy Spirit, threw 237-5 for Auburn this year and ranked seventh in Division 1 among freshmen and sophomores.

According to the IAAF 2019 U.S. javelin performance list, Antonucci is ranked No. 18 among U.S. men. He’s one of four South Jersey natives in the top 20, along with Thompson (No. 3 at 258-7) and Chris Mirabelli of Holy Cross (No. 19 at 236-6) and Nick Mirabelli of Rancocas Valley (20 at 234-10).

 

Nia Ali preps for U.S. Championships with world #6 high hurdles time in hurdles in Hungary!!!!!

Pleasantville’s Nia Ali ran her fastest hurdles time in more than two years Tuesday night, placing second in the 100-meter highs in a meet in Hungary.

Ali ran 12.63 in the meet at Székesfehérvár, placing a close second to world record holder Kendra Harrison, who won the race in 12.60.

It was Ali’s fastest race since she ran 12.61 at the Lausanne Athletissima in Sweden on July 6, 2017.

Ali was the silver medalist in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She ran her PR of 12.48 at the USATF National Championships in Des Moines in 2013.

Ali’s previous best this year was a 12.75 in Hengelo, Netherlands, last month. She didn’t race outdoors last year.

Her 12.63 is No. 6 in the world this year, according to the IAAF performance lists and No. 5 among U.S. women.

Ali ranks No. 35 in world history and No. 15 in U.S. history with her 12.48.

Székesfehérvár, also known as Fehérvár, is the regional capital of Central Transdanubia in Central Hungary. It’s about 50 miles southwest of Budapest and about 4,400 miles from Pleasantville.

Marielle Hall moves into all-time U.S. 5,000 top-20 and qualifies for Worlds with astounding race in California!!!!!

Haddonfield’s Marielle Hall has just run a personal-best 15:02.27 for 5,000 meters, the No. 2 time this year by a U.S. woman and a World Championships qualifier.

Hall, a 2010 graduate of Haddonfield High School and an All-America at Texas, placed second in the Sunset Tour at Azusa Pacific University in a race that was held late Tuesday night in Southern California (and early Wednesday morning on the East Coast).

She took second to American Karissa Schweizer, who ran a personal-best 15:01.63. Schweizer’s previous PR was 15:02.44 in Belgium last summer. She was the 2016 NCAA cross country champion for Missouri. Those are the two-fastest times by American women this year.

Schweizer and Hall both ran under the qualifying times for both this year’s IAAF Championships and next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, as did third-place finisher Vanessa Fraser, who ran 15:07.58. Her previous PR was 15:09.62 last summer, also in Belgium.

Now that she has an IAAF Championships qualifying time, Hall will be eligible for the World Championships by finishing among the top three at the USATF Championships later this month at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Idaho.

The 5,000 at nationals is scheduled for 7:42 p.m. EST on July 28, the final day of nationals in Des Moines.

Worlds run Sept. 27 – Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.

An incredible 20 runners broke 16 minutes in the race.

Hall’s previous PR for 5,000 meters was 15:06.45, which she ran in Eugene in June of 2015.

The 27-year-old Hall’s 15:02.27 is No. 20 in U.S. history, up from No. 28 with her previous PR. Schweizer’s time is No. 19.

The splits listed on the official results site aren’t correct, but Hall was in third place for most of the race before passing Fraser somewhere around 600 meters to go.

Another South Jersey runner, Rancocas Valley graduate Erika Kemp, ran 16:10.29 and placed 25th overall.

And now Part 2 of the South Jersey Alumni Records … the guys’ records! But I need your help!!!

On Sunday, we published our first stab at all-time South Jersey alumni records. If you missed it, you can find the girls’ edition here.

These are the best marks ever made at any point in their lives by South Jersey natives.

The girls list was challenging, but we’re pretty sure of just about all the marks, although there’s still room for error with the triple jump and marathon marks.

The guys’ list is much harder, since men’s track simply has a much longer history, and my reference books only go back to the mid-1980s.

Some of the marks are slam dunks. We know nobody from South Jersey has long jumped farther than Carl Lewis, nobody from South Jersey has run 400 meters faster than Lamont Smith and nobody from South Jersey has high jumped higher than Darren Burton.

However, there are some events with holes in them, and I need your help filling them in!

The 5,000, 10,000, hammer throw and pole vault have been huge challenges. Somebody from South Jersey has to have run in the 13:40s for a track 5,000, but I can’t find him. And somebody from South Jersey has to have run in the 28’s or low 29’s for 10,000, but I can’t find him. The best pole vault I found by a South Jersey native was 17 feet even, and even that mark has been tough to verify. And I can’t find a hammer throw over 181 feet!

So here is the men’s list. I need the help of the South Jersey track community to fill in the blanks!

If you can think of someone from South Jersey who may have run 13:50 or 29:15, vaulted over 17 feet or thrown the hammer more than 181 feet, let me know in the comment’s section! Even if you don’t have the meet information, I can find it. And if you see any errors or omissions in the events that are listed, please let me know!

Oh, and I’m pretty sure SOMEBODY from South Jersey has scored well into the 7,000’s in the decathlon since legendary Charlie Pratt. But the best mark I found was from Charlie 62 years ago when he won the AAU national title, and it was fun to include it, even though it’s probably wrong!

OK, here you go! Enjoy!

100-METER DASH: 9.86, Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Aug. 25, 1991, Tokyo
200-METER DASH:  19.75, Carl Lewis [Willingboro], June 19, 1983, Indianapolis
400-METER DASH:  44.30, Lamont Smith [Willingboro], June 19, 1996, Atlanta
800-METER RUN: 1:46.48, Sam Summerville [Holy Spirit], June 2 or June 3, 1978, Eugene
1500-METER RUN: 3:36.98, Ford Palmer [Absegami], July 18, 2015, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
MILE: 3:54.92, Ford Palmer [Absegami], Feb. 26, 2018, Boston
5,000-METER RUN: 13:48.61, Karl Savage [Eastern], April 17, 2003, Walnut, Calif.
10,000-METER RUN: 29:16.01, Kevin O’Donnell [Camden Catholic], April 13, 2013, Lewisburg, Pa.
MARATHON: 2:16.46, Paul Friedman [Moorestown], April 21, 1980, Boston
110-METER HURDLES: 12.94, Jack Pierce [Woodbury], June 22, 1996, Atlanta,
400-METER HURDLES: 48.37, Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], June 28, 2008, Eugene
HIGH JUMP: 7-5 3/4, Darren Burton [Delran], Ylivieska, Finland, July 23, 1989
LONG JUMP: 29-1, Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Tokyo, Aug. 30, 1991
TRIPLE JUMP: 53-6 1/2, Greg Foster [Shawnee], Flagstaff, May 14, 1988
POLE VAULT:
SHOT PUT: 69-3 3/4, Josh Olayinka Awotunde [Delsea], Los Angeles, April 13, 2019
DISCUS: 204-0, Mike Mielke [Holy Spirit], Tucson, May 4, 1996
JAVELIN: 271-11, Curtis Thompson [Florence], Eugene, July 4, 2016
HAMMER: 235-4, Johnnie Jackson [Cherry Hill East], Eugene, Ore., June 7, 2017
DECATHLON: 7164, Charlie Pratt [Palmyra], Kingsburg, Calif., July 24-25, 1957