Deptford’s 4-by-2 races to U.S. #14 at Ocean Breeze Invitational!!!

Deptford ran a 2020 South Jersey-best 1:30.15 in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Invitational.

Seniors Donovan Clement and Richeid Fawkes and juniors John Adams and Steven Rios ran for Deptford.

Norristown won the three-team final in 1:30.03, with Deptford and Huntington (1:30.16) a fraction of a second behind.

Deptford’s time is No. 3 in the state this year, behind Nottingham (1:29.48) and St. Benedict’s (1:30.00).

Norristown’s time is No. 13 in the U.S. this year according to the MileSplit national database. Deptford and Huntington are No. 14 and No. 15.

Deptford’s school record is 1:29.92, which the Spartans ran in both 2017 and 2018, both times at the Ocean Breeze Invitational.

Their time Saturday is No. 4 in Gloucester County history, behind the two previous Deptford times and Delsea’s 1:30.12 in 2007. Washington Township had a 1:30.18 in 2012.

In the trials Saturday, Norristown Area ran 1:31.01, Smithtown West of New York 1:31.48, Deptford 1:31.48 and Huntington 1:31.65.

The results don’t make it clear whether Smithtown West dropped the stick, got DQ’d or just didn’t compete in the final.

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