Pleasantville’s Gabriel Moronta runs U.S. #2 600, shatters Atlantic County record!!!!!

Pleasantville’s Gabriel Moronta ran the fastest 600 by a South Jersey runner in 10 years Saturday, winning the three-lapper at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games.

Moronta ran 1:20.90, which is like running a 400 in 53.9 on an indoor track and then maintaining that same pace for another lap.

Moronta won by 25 meters over Luke Roberts of Ridge High in Basking Ridge.

His time is No. 3 in South Jersey history and breaks the Atlantic County record (and school record) of 1:21.20, set in 2012 by Isaac Clark of Pleasantvile at the 2012 Bishop Loughlin Games at the Armory.

Moronta’s previous PR was a 1:22.01 last month also at Ocean Breeze.

His time is No. 1 in New Jersey this year and No. 3 nationally, according to the Milesplit national database.

He trails only Darius Kipyego of St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I., who ran 1:19.65 at the Boston Holiday Challenge last month at the Reggie Lewis Center, and Joshua Peron of Frontier High in Hamburg, N.Y., who ran 1:20.84 at the New York Celebration Track Classic at Houghton (N.Y.) College, also on Saturday.

The only faster times in South Jersey history belong to Rob Novak of Bordentown, who ran 1:19.6 in 2005, and Keith Griffith of Florence, who ran 1:20.71 in 2010.

Novak ran his 1:19.6 at the 2005 Varsity Classic at the Armory, where he finished second to Shaquon Brown of JFK Patterson. Brown set a national record of 1:18.88 in that race. Griffith ran his 1:20.71 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, also at the Armory. He placed third in that race behind Michael Quercia of Marcellus (N.Y.) (1:19.37) and Randy Patterson of Newburgh (N.Y.) Free Academy (1:19.72).

Moronta has already run 1:54.59 in the 800 this season, No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 2 nationally, behind only Kipyego, who ran 1:52.55 in a meet at Boston College last month.

ALL-TIME S.J. 600 LIST
1:19.6h … Rob Novak [Bordentown], 2005
1:20.71 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2010
1:20.90 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2020
1:21.13 … Shannon Sherrer [Vineland], 2003
1:21.20 … Isaac Clark [Pleasantville], 2012
1:21.76 … Alan Laws [Pleasantville], 2007
1:23.34 … Marcus Phillips [Cherry Hill East], 2011
1:23.56 … Tyler Davidson [Willingboro], 2016
1:23.85 … Miah Wood [Rancocas Valley], 2019
1:24.02 … Dontae Guest [Camden], 2019

ALL-TIME N.J. 600 LIST
1:17.9 … Shaquon Brown [JFK Paterson], 2005
1:18.90 … Clayton Parros [Seton Hall Prep], 2009
1:19.14 … Luis Peralta [Passaic], 2019
1:19.6h … Rob Novak [Bordentown], 2005
1:19.61 … Alfred Chawonza [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2019
1:20.0 … Ken Sinkovitz [Bergen Catholic], 2003
1:20.04 … Elijah Brown [Union Catholic], 2019
1:20.10 … Michael Thurston [Ridgewood], 2016
1:20.1 … Marcel VanEeden [Mendham], 2005
1:20.32 … Ernesto Perez [West Side], 1990
1:20.47 … Najee Glass [St. Peter’s Prep], 2012
1:20.50 … Christian Kildal-Brandt [Mendham], 2014
1:20.53 … Lewis Ngwenya [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2018
1:20.56 … Greg Stickle [Randolph], 2015
1:20.7 … Andrew Giannotti [Westwood], 1998
1:20.71 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2010
1:20.73 … Ian McNally [Morris Hills], 2016
1:20.84 … Bryan Scotland [St. Benedict’s], 2005
1:20.90 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2020
1:21.00 … Jack Kerin [Indian Hills], 2016
1:21.13 … Shannon Sherrer [Vineland], 2003
1:21.3 … Joe Velazquez [Paramus], 1999
1:21.20 … Isaac Clark [Pleasantville], 2012
1:21.38 … Patrick Blackie [Seton Hall Prep], 2007
1:21.4 … Josh Kauke [Ridgewood], 2000
1:21.5 … Mike Pachella [Walkill Valley], 2005
1:20.60 … Kyle Davidson [Old Tappan], 2012
1:21.7 … Sharif Webb [Don Bosco], 2007
1:21.70 … Kishaun Richardson [East Orange], 2018
1:21.76 … Alan Laws [Pleasantville], 2007
1:21.80 … Domenick Wallace [Morris Hills], 2020
1:21.90 … Jason Apwah [Roxbury], 2007
1:21.90 … Ben Malone [Pascack Valley], 2012
1:22.0 … Hayrol Cruz [Pasaic], 2005

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