Pleasantville’s Gabriel Moronta shatters S.J. 500-meter record at the Armory!!!!!

Pleasantville senior Gabriel Moronta continued his phenomenal season Saturday when he shattered the South Jersey record in the 500-meter dash.

Moronta won the 500 at the New Balance Games at the Armory with a time of 1:04.89. That’s No. 3 in state history and breaks the South Jersey record of 1:05.3 hand-timed set in 1989 by Willingboro’s Sean Scott.

That’s No. 5 in the U.S. this year, according to the MileSplit national database.

Moronta by won by five meters over Jakob Kunzer of Lawrenceville School, who was second in 1:05.46 – No. 6 in state history.

Moronta has already run 1:20.90 for 600 meters and 1:54.59 for 800 meters. He ranks No. 1 in New Jersey in all three middle-distance races.

Running 500 meters in 1:04.89 is the equivalent of running a 400 at 51.9 pace and then running another 100 meters without slowing down.

The was Moronta’s first lifetime competitive 500.

Moronta fell just short of the meet record of 1:04.71, set last year by Barrington Harris Brown of Dewitt Clinton in the Bronx.

The previous Atlantic County record was 1:07.23 by Quentin Bundy, also of Pleasantville, also at the Armory, early in the 2017-18 season.

Here’s a look at the all-time state list in the 500:

1:02.20 … Najee Glass [St. Peter’s Prep], 2012
1:04.75 … Cory Poole [East Orange], 2016
1:04.89 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2020
1:05.14 … Kishaun Richardson [East Orange], 2017
1:05.44 … Markus Bagley [St. Peter’s Prep], 2018
1:05.46 … Jakob Kunzer [Lawrenceville], 2020
1:05.3h … John Bailey [Monmouth Reg.], 1979
1:05.3h … Fred Brenner [Morris Hills], 1985
1:05.3h … Sean Scott [Willingboro.], 1989
1:05.3h … Matt Kalwinsky [Toms River North], 1995
1:05.6h … Dean Olawski [Kearny], 1979
1:06.14 … Sean Brown [Camden], 1998
1:06.22 … Bob Arvidsen [Don Bosco], 1985
1:06.1h … John Morris [Camden], 1998
1:06.24 … Neil Jasey [Columbia], 1994
1:06.32 … Nakia Fenner [Newark Science], 1994
1:06.40 … Adian Sanderson [Ewing], 2004
1:06.92 … Fran Davis [Columbia], 1984
1:06.7h … Jameel Spencer [Seton Hall Prep], 1985
1:06.7h … Andrew Giannotti [Westwood], 1998
1:06.9h … Marquel Thomas [Newark East Side], 1991

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