Austin Gabay runs all-time S.J. #11 in epic 3,200 battle with Martin Riddell, Ethan Wechsler at Ocean Breeze!!!!!

Austin Gabay recorded the fastest 3,200 by a South Jersey runner in seven years Monday night at Ocean Breeze.

The Cinnaminson senior ran 9:15.90 in an epic battle with Haddonfield’s Martin Riddell and Cherokee’s Ethan Wechsler. Riddell was second in 9:17.62 and Wechsler third in 9:20.37.

The three seniors ran together the entire way, and with 400 to go, only about a second separated them. Gabay closed in 63.5 and 30.0, Riddell in 64.9 and 31.5 and Wechsler in 66.9 and 32.5.

Those are the three-fastest times in New Jersey this year. Gabay’s time is No. 20 nationally, and Riddell and Wechsler are both in the top 30 according to MileSplit’s U.S. rankings.

Gabay’s previous indoor 3,200 PR was 9:53.17 from last year. He’s run 9:15.13 outdoors.

He broke the Cinnaminson indoor school record of 9:29.21 set by Jon Anderson in 2003.

Gabay’s time is No. 11 in South Jersey history — he missed the top 10 by 8-100ths of a second — and No. 3 in Burlington County history, fastest since Marc Pelerin of Cherokee ran 9:11.86 (converted from two miles) back in 2002.

Riddell lowered his PR from 9:18.81 and Wechsler lowered his from 9:21.02, both from last year’s Meet of Champions at the Bubble.

Riddell’s time is No. 2 in Haddonfield history, behind only Jonathan Vitez’s legendary 8:58.81 to win the 2010 Meet of Champions.

Wechsler’s time is No. 2 in Cherokee history, behind only Pelerin. It’s also No. 5 in Burlington County history.

Here are complete splits for Gabay, Riddell and Wechsler:

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Here’s a look at every sub-9:18 indoor time in South Jersey history:

8:58.81 ….. Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
9:11.1y ..… Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1970
9:11.2y ..… Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1974
9:11.86y … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
9:11.9y ….. Johnny Englehardt [Willingboro], 1976
9:13.33 ….. Michael Rankin [Paul VI], 2010
9:13.93 ….. Paul Szulewski [Williamstown], 2011
9:14.31 ….. Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013
9:15.8y ….. Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978
9:15.82y … Kevin Pumphrey [Highland], 1986
9:15.90 ….. Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
9:16.09 ….. Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
9:17.52 ….. Lou Corgliano [Hammonton], 2013
9:17.55 ….. Greg Hughes [Mainland Reg.], 2004
9:17.62 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield], 2020
9:17.71 ….. Dave Forward [Shawnee], 2009

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