The middle-distance cupboard is rarely bare at Pleasantville, and it looks like the Greyhounds have another one in the pipeline.
Sophomore Irvin Marable won the sophomore 800 at the 20th annual Marine Corps Holiday Classic Saturday with a huge meet record of 2:00.61. The previous meet record was 2:05.48, although the official meet site doesn’t say who held it.
Marable’s previous indoor PR was 2:05.88 at this meet last year, and his overall PR was 2:04.31 from last year’s Atlantic County Championships.
That makes Marable second-fastest in South Jersey in the early goings this season, behind only teammate Gabriel Moronta, who ran a near-PR 1:54.59 to win the varsity section of the 800 at the Marine Corps meet at the 168th Street Armory.
Marable becomes the fastest Atlantic County sophomore since Jacob Clark of Pleasantville ran 2:00.49 as a sophomore at the 2011 Meet of Champions and the fastest by a South Jersey runner since Derek Gess ran 1:55.93.
He’s also now the 3rd-fastest sophomore half-miler in the country, according to the MileSplit national database, behind Korede Otusajo of Millford Mill Academy in Gwynn Oak, Md., who ran 1:59.30 in the varsity race at Marine Corps, and Myles Plummer of Union Catholic, who ran 2:00.17 at the Essex County Season Opener at Ocean Breeze.
Marable was out in 28.7 and came through the 400 in 59.1. He hit 600 meters in 1:30.8 before closing in 29.9.
Jack Welch of Concord High was second in 2:02.81. He was half a step back of Marable when he came through the 600 in 1:31.1 before Marable gapped him on the final lap.