Egg Harbor senior Anthony Vazquez moved into the all-time No. 3 spot in the 55-meter hurdles in Atlantic County history Saturday with a 7.48 at the Bubble in Toms River.
Vazquez lowered his PR from 7.50, which he ran last month at the Bishop Loughlin Games at Ocean Breeze.
Vazquez was third in the 110-meter highs at the state Group 4 meet in 14.32 and brought na indoor PR of 7.69 into this winter.
He lowered that to 7.63 in the trials at the Loughlin Games before his 7.50 breakthrough in the final.
On Saturday, he ran 7.56 in the trials before his 7.48 in the final, where he won by nearly half a second.
The only faster times recorded by Atlantic County hurdlers are by St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea, who ran his historic 7.10 last year in the trials at New Balance Nationals, and a 7.29 by Pleasantville’s Nate Harley back in 1996.
Vazquez’s time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 3 in the state, behind two Essex County hurdlers – Dwight Henry of Irvington (7.31) and Terrel Williams (7.34).
Vazquez also set a 55-meter dash PR of 7.70 on Saturday, which is No. 2 this winter in Atlantic County behind teammate Ahmad Brock’s 6.62 in the same race.