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
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

Introducing the all-time South Jersey Alumni Records!!!!! Who’s missing???

South Jersey has such a remarkable track and field history and it goes way beyond high school track.

South Jersey has produced Olympic gold medalists such as Mel Sheppard, Carl Lewis and English Gardner and countless other Olympians, such as Jack Pierce, Erin Donohue and Browning Ross.

I’ve always wanted to put together an all-time South Jersey alumni list. What are the best all-time marks for each event for South Jersey natives?

Some of these marks are easy to confirm. Some I’m not sure about.

If a mark is within the all-time U.S. top-100, it’s easy to confirm on the IAAF all-time lists. For others, I went through all the USATF annuals. But I only have those going back to the mid-1980s.

Of the events below, the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500, mile, 5,000, 10,000, both hurdles, the high jump and long jump and the shot and discus are definitely accurate.

The marathon, triple jump, pole vault and javelin are educated guesses. It’s certainly possible there are superior marks by South Jersey women, especially in the marathon and triple jump, but I haven’t been able to find them.

As always, additions and corrections are welcome. Please leave them in the comments section.

If you are aware of a superior mark in any event, please let me know the athlete, the mark, the date and the meet so I can confirm it and update the list!

I’ll post the men’s list in the next couple days. Because men’s track has simply been around a lot longer than women’s track, there’s a much larger history and more holes in my lists.

We’ve got some work to do in a handful of events to complete the men’s list, and I’ll be leaning on the South Jersey track community to help out! More on that soon!

So without further ado, here is my best attempt at all-time South Jersey women’s alumni records.

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: 15:06.45, 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: Jamine Moton [Delsea], 220-6, 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

Source material used for this includes the IAAF annual performance lists and IAAF all-time lists, Track and Field News annual lists, dusty old copies of the FAST U.S. annuals and the all-time athletics site.

Jessica Woodard moves into U.S. shot put top 10 with big throw in Long Beach meet!!!

Jessica Woodard, competing in her first year of post-NCAA track, threw a season-best 59-3 in the shot put at a recent meet in California.

That’s only two feet off her lifetime best.

Woodard, a Cherokee graduate and six-time All-America in the shot put at Oklahoma, easily won the shot at the Jim Bush Championships at Jack Rose Track on the Cal State campus in Long Beach. She didn’t compete in the discus.

Woodard’s throw makes her No. 9 among Americans this year and No. 30 in the world. Woodard turned 24 in February. Only one of the U.S. women and nine of the world women ahead of her are younger than she is.

Her previous season-best was a 59-2 1/2 at the Elite Classic in Tucson, Ariz., in May.

Woodard set her PR of 61-3 1/2 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene last summer. She also has a discus PR of 190-9.

Woodard has qualified for this year’s USATF Championships but hasn’t yet entered. The meet is scheduled for later this month in Des Moines, Iowa.

At Long Beach, Woodard finished far ahead of second-place Lena Giger, who threw 55-6 3/4. When Woodard finished second at NCAA’s last spring, Giger was third throwing for Stanford.

Woodard threw 183-11 in her only discus competition this year, at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla., in April. That ranks her No. 30 this year among U.S. women.

Cherry Hill East graduate Maya Drayton shatters one PR, ties another at youth championships!!!

Maya Drayton, a recent Cherry Hill East graduate, had a big weekend at the AAU Region 2 National Qualifier, running a personal-best 12.05 in the 100-meter dash and matching her 200 PR with a 24.53.

Drayton had high school PRs of 12.13 and 24.53, both from this past Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington, where she placed seventh in both races.

Drayton, who will run at Georgetown, won both events in the 17-18 age group at Stockton University in Galloway Township. She ran the 12.05 and 24.53 in the trials and won the finals in 12.17 and 24.67.

She’ll advance to the AAU National Championships. It’s not clear on the AAU web site exactly where and when that meet is, but it appears to be this coming weekend at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.