Sophomore shot putter C.J. Johnson joined the 50-foot club and the Willingboro boys swept the field events on the way to their fourth straight Group 1 state relays title at the Bennett Center Wednesday night.
Johnson, who hadn’t thrown 45 feet until last weekend, bombed a 50-4, the second-best throw of the competition, and junior teammate Deonte Allen threw a PR 48-1 1/2 for a combined 98-5.
Johnon’s throw looks like the best indoor throw by a Burlington County sophomore since Lamere Corley of Moorestown threw 51-3 in 1991. It’s the best throw in New Jersey by a soph this year and the best indoors by a South Jersey 10th-grader since Nick Pulli of West Deptford threw 50-11 in 2012.
Allen also PR’d, adding more than half a foot to his PR of 47-5 1/4 from the Cherokee Throw Down last weekend. His overall PR from last spring is 47-8 1/2.
The Chimeras weight duo won the event by nearly 16 feet over Malcolm X Shabazz’s throwers, who combined for 82-5 1/2.
Johnson came into the indoor season with a shot PR of 42-3 3/4 from the first meet of last season. He threw 44-7 at the Bennett Center just before Christmas, then PR’d again at 48-3 last weekend at the Cherokee Throw Down before
He’s Willingboro’s first indoor 50-foot thrower since Rashaun Graves hit 50-5 1/2 in 2013.
The Chimeras won their 17th title overall — most of any public school in history — and fifth in the last six years. They’re the first school to win four straight in Group 1 or any public school group since Asbury Park won eight straight from 1988 through 1995.
For more on the remarkable history of the Willingboro boys and girls programs at the state relays and other state championship meets indoors and out, click here.
Willingboro has won twice as many state relays titles as any other South Jersey school. Haddonfield is next with seven and Woodbury has five but none since 1983.
The Chimeras also won the pole vault relay and high jump relay for a perfect 30 out of a possible 30 points in the field.
In the pole vault, senior Dontavis Wilson cleared 11-0 and junior Glenn Ferguson 9-6 for a combined 20-6.
In the high jump, seniors Nate Robertson and Kameron Smith, the top two high jumpers in South Jersey so far this winter, both cleared 6-4. Their combined 12-8 broke the meet record of 12-4 set in 1992 by Palmyra and matched in 1995 by Pleasantville and 1999 by Westwood.
The Chimeras also scored 20 points on the track, including second-place finishes in both the 800- and 1,600-meter relays.
Sophomore Jaylen Young and senior Sheraton Green both ran on the 4-by-2 and the 4-by-4. Senior Zaire Clements and Smith also ran on the 4-by-2, and sophomores Christopher Johnson and Bryson Bright contributed legs on the 4-by-4.
Willingboro ran 1:35.70 for second in the 4-by-2, behind Camden’s 1:34.43, and the Chimeras ran 3:34.69 for second in the 4-by-4 to Metuchen’s 3:34.18.
Willingboro ran 3:50.16 for sixth in the sprint medley with the team of Clements, Smith, junior Roshane Waugh and Robertson.
The sprint medley was a 1-2-4-5-6 South Jersey finish, with Camden winning in 3:44.35, Audubon second in 3:46.97, Buena fifth in 3:51.91 and Woodbury sixth in 3:53.01.
Darian Chestnut, Qahhar Danford, Hakeem Evans and Imir Cartoe were on Camden’s winning 4-by-2 and Chestnut, Evans, Jaheim Wimberly-Cole and Guest ran on the winning sprint med.
For Pitman, Thomas Jackson, Tyler Jackson, Cole Sharpnack and Sebastien Reed all doubled the winning DMR (10:48.78) and 4-by-800 (8:33.46).
Pitman’s DMR time is No. 4 in the state this year and only 12 seconds off Pitman’s 10:36.32 from last year’s Eastern’s.