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!
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
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
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
Rob Novak 1:46:01 2011 USATF top marks list
eTrack newsletter vol 10 no.28 May 22, 2011
He finished 6th in his heat at the Oxy High Performance track classic 5/21/11.
Cory Primm won the heat in 1:44:71 The late Dave Torrence was 3rd 1:45 :43
Hey Ed! I see the time listed everywhere and I actually wrote about that race so I’m not sure how I missed that time! Thanks for the update!
No Steeple marks?
I have no even remotely fast marks for male or female steeplers from South Jersey so I just left ’em off. If my research turns anything up I’d be thrilled to add them. I went through the last 25 years of U.S. top-50 lists and didn’t see anybody from South Jersey. If you got some names and times shoot ’em over!
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Sure will. Love the lists !
Great Stuff Roob. Continue to keep up the Good Work.
Thanks, Ruck! Having fun with the blog. Not bad for a non-Hall of Famer, right?
Mike Mielke threw 208’
I appreciate the info, but the best confirmed mark I was able to find for Mike was the 204-0 in Tucson in 1996. If you have details about a 208-0 throw please forward them to me. I’ve spent hours scouring old Track and Field News issues, FAST annuals and results trying to find a superior mark for Mike and it hasn’t turned up.