Paul VI’s Aliya Rae Garozzo runs N.J. #3 hurdles time, moves into all-time S.J. top 20!!!!!

Huge race at Ocean Breeze for Paul VI senior Aliya Rae Garozzo, who won the 55-meter hurdles at the SJTCA meet in 8.17, a huge PR and the No. 16 time in South Jersey history.

Garozzo led all qualifiers with an 8.36 in the prelims, and that wasn’t far off her PR of 8.29 set last winter when she placed 5th in the Meet of Champions.

In the final, she quickly gapped the field and won easily, finishing 4 1/2 meters ahead of second-place Tamia Welch Smith of Willingboro, who ran 8.84, just shy of her PR of 8.79.

Garozzo’s time is No. 3 in the state this year, behind only Jewel Ash, who ran 8.15 on the same track last week, and Mariah Fede of Paramus Catholic, who ran 8.16 at the Bergen County Championships at the Armory last week.

According to MileSplit’s 2020 U.S. list, Garozzo’s time is No. 17 nationally.158187145220864304

7.89 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
7.89 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
7.92 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
7.94 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
7.98 … Nichole Belcher [Woodrow Wilson], 1992
8.01 … Samantha Sharper [Woodrow Wilson], 2008
8.03 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.03 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
8.04 … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
8.05 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
8.06 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
8.10 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 1997
8.10 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2019
8.11 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.15 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2020
8.17 … Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.17 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2020
8.18 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
8.18 … Te’seanna Harris [Camden], 2019
8.19 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp,], 2016

EHT’s Ahmad Brock, PVI’s Matt Mazero run fastest South Jersey 55’s this year!!!

Junior Ahmad Brock of Egg Harbor Township and sophomore Matthew Mazero ran the two-fastest South Jersey sprint times so far this year at the SJTCA meet Monday evening at Ocean Breeze.

Brock ran 6.60 and Mazero 6.61 to lead five sprinters under 6.70 in the finals of the 55-meter dash. Justin Gibson of Clayton was third in 6.66, James Coleman of Audubon ran 6.67 and Quinn Hart of Williamstown 6.69.

Brock lowered his PR from 6.62 and Mazero lowered his from 6.64. Gibson dropped his PR all the way down from 6.75, Coleman has run 6.64 and Hart 6.62.

Mazero is the No. 3 sophomore in the state as of tonight, behind two North Jersey sprinters who’ve run 6.59. Brock would be No. 6 junior.

Gibson’s time is No. 3 in the state Group 1 this year behind Willingboro’s Zaire Clements (6.64) and Coleman. 

Cherry Hill West grad Robert Abrams runs MASSIVE mile PR of 4:12 for TCNJ in Boston!!!!!

TCNJ junior Robert Abrams, who ran a huge 800 PR two weeks earlier, had a massive mile breakthrough over the weekend at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.

Abrams lowered his PR from 4:17.04 from a meet at George Mason in Fairfax, Va., just three weeks ago all the way down to 4:12.53.

It looks like he’s TCNJ’s fastest miler in nine years.

Abrams lowered his 800 PR from 2:00.22 to 1:56.77 late last month.

At Cherry Hill West, Abrams ran 9:34.27 on the track and 16:17 at Holmdel. But the shorter stuff wasn’t his strength. He had 1,600 PRs of 4:25.28 outdoors and 4:24.59 indoors (and 2:11.42 in the 800).

He got down to 4:21.76 as a freshman and 4:18.97 last winter, when he placed third in the NJAC meet. He was the NJAC XC champion this past fall and finished 9th in the NCAA Division 3 Atlantic Region.

Now he’s a miler as well.

The Valentine Invite was a two-day PR machine, and Abrams got into one of the fast sections of the mile and settled in among a group of guys running between 4:11 and 4:14 and reeled off a bunch of 31-point laps before finishing 4th in his race and 94th overall.

Abrams ran his first five laps between 31.4 and 31.9 before a 32.3 got him to three-quarters in 3:10.6. He closed in 31.4 and 30.7 for a final 400 of 62.1.

It might sound like he was far back in the pack, but this was a meet that produced 10 sub-4 miles, 35 sub-4:05’s and 76 sub-4:10’s, and the field was loaded with Division 1 runners and post-collegiates.

Don’t quote me but it looks like the only Division 3 runners to finish ahead of Abrams were Noah Falasco of RPI (4:05.10), Aidan Ryan of Williams (4:05.16).

With the performance:

♦ Abrams took over the NJAC lead. Lenape grad Kevin Lauer of Rowan is No. 2 with a 4:21.24 at Ocean Breeze over the weekend.

♦ Is ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division 1, although TFRRS, which does the official seeding for Division 3 nationals, lists him at 4:15.77, which may have something to do with converting times from banked tracks. The TFRRS performance site doesn’t explain the discrepancy.

♦ Is TCNJ’s fastest miler since Dennie Waite ran 4:10.88 in 2011. According to a story on TCNJ’s web site [] the performance makes him No. 3 in program history. But according to a doc file on the web site listing top-5 performances in TCNJ history that shows him trailing Matt Molski (4:09.71 in 2005) and Waite, marks from before 2000 are not included.

Abrams was named NJAC Track Athlete of the Week.


Burlington Township’s Zhanye Vines wins second straight sectional shot put title!!!!

Burlington Township senior Zhanye Vines won her second straight sectional shot put title over the weekend and remains unbeaten this year against South Jersey competition.

Vines threw 38-2, just 1 1/2 inches short of her PR, and won the Central Jersey Group 3 title by more than 3 1/2 feet.

Vines is only the second Burlington Township girl to win consecutive indoor sectional titles. The first was also a shot putter. Burlington County record holder Ronetta Hunter won Central Jersey Group 3 in 2013 and South Jersey Group 3 in 2014 and 2015.

Vines threw an indoor PR 38-3 1/2, which is No. 1 in South Jersey this year, at Ocean Breeze last weekend. She has an outdoor PR of 38-5 3/4 from states last spring, where she placed third.

She’s the top Burlington County thrower indoors in four years, since Tamara Carmichael of Palmyra threw 39-0 1/4 in 2016, and she’s No. 16 in Burlington County history but only a foot out of the top 10.

43-10 … Ronetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015
43-4 3/4 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2012
41-10 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1984
41-0 … *Nicole Scott [Willingboro], 1997
40-4 … Shanna Campbell [Pemberton], 2007
40-3 … Beverly Bright [Willingboro], 2002
39-10 3/4 … Sarah Anderson [Seneca], 2007
39-8 1/2 … Sandy Hinson [Lenape], 1988
39-2 … Bridget Sedivi [Cherokee], 1991
39-2 … Rose Perry [Riverside], 2003
39-1 3/4 … Stacy Hinson [Lenape], 1987
39-1 … Denise Thomas [Willingboro], 1980
39-0 1/4 … Tomara Carmichael [Palmyra], 2016
38-8 1/4 … Cheryl Muse [Willingboro], 1982
38-5 1/4 … Nicolette Muse [Kennedy], 1988
38-3 1/2 … Zhanye Vines [Burlington Twp.], 2020


Huge middle-distance double for Pleasantville’s Gabriel Moronta at Group 2 sectionals!!!

After a huge double Sunday, Gabriel Moronta is now the only runner on the top-5 on both the state 400 and 800 performance lists.

Moronta won the 400 at South Jersey Group 2 sectionals at the Bubble with an indoor personal-best 49.70 and won the 800 in 1:57.29. Moronta has already run 1:54.59 this winter, just behind Stone Caraccio’s 1:54.53.

The Pleasantville senior is now No. 1 in South Jersey this year in the 400 and No. 4 in the state and No. 2 in South Jersey in the 800 and No. 3 in the state.

Here are the updated performance lists from New Jersey MileSplit:

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49.41 … Tyhir Jones [Union Catholic]
49.46 … Adam Gorka [South Brunswick]
49.50 … Jakob Kunzer [Lawrenceville School]
49.70 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantvlle]
49.86 … Bayyan Dallas [Union]

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1:53.68 … Nicholas Medeiros [Old Bridge]
1:54.53 … Stone Caraccio [Kingsway]
1:54.59 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville]
1:55.25 … Jordan Kaplan [Monroe Twp.]
1:55.66 … Jalen Ridgeway [Toms River North]

Moronta won the 400 Sunday by 16 meters over Shaikyi Hannah of Delsea and lowered his indoor personal best from 50.42 from last year’s state meet, when he placed fourth. Moronta’s outdoor PR is 49.68 from states last spring, so he ran within 2-100ths of a second of that performance as well.

He won the 800 over sophomore teammate Irvin Marable, who ran a personal-best 1:58.89. Marable’s previous PR was 2:00.33 in a meet at Monmouth last month. He’s the No. 5 sophomore in the state.

Moronta and Marable were joined by Xander Roberts and Keon Henry on the winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:31.00.

With those points from Moronta, Marable and the relay team, Pleasantville finished fourth in team scoring with 38 points, behind only Delsea (89), Haddonfield (64) and Deptford (49).

Haddon Twp. grad Jake Dinerman runs apparent mile PR of 4:08.49 at Boston University!!!!!

Haddon Township graduate Jake Dinerman ran what appears to be a mile PR of 4:08.49 Saturday at the David Hemery Valentine Invite at Boston University.

Dinerman split 61.8, 62.6, 62.4 and 61.6.

He ran in the sixth of 24 sections and finished 67th overall in an event that saw 10 runners break 4:00, 25 more break 4:05 and a total of 76 under 4:10.

It looks like Dinerman’s previous PR was a 4:08.84 at the same meet last year, but it’s tough to tell since he’s running for a club team and not a college and nobody seems to keep track of these things.

It also looks like this was Dinerman’s first race since he ran 3:52.79 for 1,500 meters at Swarthmore back in May.

At Haddon Township, Dinerman ran 4:20.31 for 1,600 meters outdoors but never ran an indoor 1,600.

Dinerman ran only one year of college track, the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons at The College of New Jersey, and had PRs of 1:55.73 for 800 meters and 4:22.20 for the mile, with the mile PR coming three years ago at the David Hemery Valentine Invite on the same track.

Dinerman’s affiliation is listed in the David Hemery Valentine results as Moody Park Track Club.

Egg Harbor’s Darren Wan shatters 35-year-old Stockton record in weight throw!!!!

Egg Harbor graduate Darren Wan, now a junior at Stockton University, broke a 35-year-old school record in the weight throw this weekend with a 58-0 1/4 at the Fastrack National Invite at Ocean Breeze.

The previous school record was held by legendary Holy Spirit graduate Mike Mielke, who threw 57-11 3/4 for Stockton in 1985.

Wan placed second to post-collegiate Marcus Disbrew, who threw 59-7 3/4.

Wan hit the 58-0 1/4 on his second of four throws. His previous PR was a 55-5 1/2 at a meet in Lancaster, Pa., last month.

Wan spent his freshman year at Rutgers, sat out the 2018 season, and first competed at Stockton last winter.

At EHT, Wan threw 53-8 1/2 in the shot and 173-2 in the disc.