Two races, two PRs this winter for Donny Vineyard.
Vineyard, a 2018 graduate of Egg Harbor Township and now a Rider sophomore, ran a personal-best 1:54.19 Friday at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University.
A week earlier he PR’d with 1:55.73 at the NYC Gotham Cup at Ocean Breeze.
Before those two races, he had never broken 1:59 indoors.
Vineyard’s time puts him at No. 5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference so far this year. He didn’t quite break into Rider’s all-time indoor top 10, but he’s less than half a second away.
Vineyard placed fifth in the fifth of 22 sections of the 800 in Boston and wound up placing 33rd out of 178 starters.
Vineyard’s high school PR at Egg Harbor was 1:58.14, which he ran senior year at the Cape Atlantic Meet at Bridgeton, when he placed second to Pleasantville’s Quentin Bundy.
His indoor PR in high school was 2:00.30 senior year at the Meet of Champions at the Bubble in Toms River.
He had a breakthrough as a freshman last spring with a 1:55.23 at the Widener Invitational in April, his first race under 1:58, but his indoor PR coming into this season was 1:59.34 at the same meet last year.
At B.U., Vineyard also ran on Rider’s 3,200-meter relay team, which placed 4th Saturday in 7:46.29, fastest time this year in the MAAC.
Stianche led off in 1:56.6, followed by Vineyard with a 1:56.2, Ruskan in 1:54.8 and Ruskan in 1:58.7.
That was without their two-fastest half-milers – Mike Mazzei of Bishop Ahr, who ran 1:53.36 Friday, and Kevin Heredia of Clifton, who ran 1:53.53.
Add up their FAT times from this weekend, and you get 7:37.09.
Two other South Jersey runners PR’d in the 800 in Boston Friday: Vineyard’s former teammate, Rutgers junior Eric Barnes, ran 1:53.13, and Rancocas Valley graduate Micah Wood, a freshman at Monmouth, ran 1:53.46. More on them soon!