A bunch of South Jersey’s top middle-distance runners finally got together on a fast track, and the result was a parade of 800 PRs.
Delsea’s Noah Deckert, Kingsway’s Jeff Heineman and RV’s Ryan Maggs led the way at the SJTCA meet at Ocean Breeze Monday, taking the first three spots with indoor PRs for all three.
But in all 11 South Jersey runners broke 2:05, and nine of them set indoor PRs.
1:59.69 … Noah Deckert, Delsea: Deckert dipped under two minutes for the first time ever indoors or out. As late as two weeks ago he had an 800 PR of 2:09.51 from the Tri-County outdoor championships last May on his home track. He lowered that to 2:02.64 with a win at a SJTCA meet late last month at the Bubble before his breakthrough race at Ocean Breeze Saturday. Deckert has also PR’d in the 1,600 this month at 4:28.17 after a 3,200 PR a few weeks ago with a 9:40.35.
1:59.94 … **Jeffrey Heineman, Kingsway: Heinemann broke his indoor PR of 2:05.54, which he set a week earlier at Ocean Breeze. He ran slightly faster outdoors as a freshman — 1:59.56 at the South Jersey Invitational. Heineman is the No. 2 sophomore in South Jersey, behind only teammate Kyle Rakitis, who ran 1:58.22 last weekend.
2:01.37 … *Ryan Maggs, Rancocas Valley: In only his second lifetime 800 (unless he ran it in a dual meet) Maggs broke his PR of 2:04.18 by nearly three seconds. R.V. has been an 800 factory (Ian Waterhouse, Isaiah Curbelo, Ian Moore, Micah Wood, Joshua DeJesus, Joel Straker, Jose Colon-Cruz, Jacob Tyndall, etc.), and Maggs, still a newcomer to the event, is now less than half a second from joining the Red Devils’ sizable sub-2:00 club.
2:01.61 … Philip Sedalis, Deptford: Sedalis didn’t quite PR, but his 2:01.61 was second-fastest of his indoor career and not far from his PR of 2:00.75 from the Armory late last month. Sedalis is Deptford’s fastest indoor half-miler since Jonathan McFaul ran 2:00.23 at 2007 states.
2:01.97 … Luke Kramer, Ocean City: Lowered his indoor PR from 2:03.62, which he ran just two weeks ago at the Bubble. Has an outdoor PR of 1:59.53 from Haddonfield Distance Night last year.
2:02.89 … ***Bryce Tucker, Pennsauken: Only the second lifetime 800 for Tucker after a 2:10.49 earlier this month. Not too often you get to PR by 7 1/2 seconds in an 800. Tucker is No. 2 freshman in the state and Pennsauken’s fastest indoor half-miler since Eric Butler ran 2:00.47 in 2013.
2:03.42 … *Joseph DeBeaumont, Highland: How about this for improvement: Beaumont’s fastest 800 last spring was a 2:14.79 at Haddonfield Distance Night. He lowered that PR to 2:05.76 two weeks ago before his big race at Ocean Breeze Monday.
2:03.67 … *Jack Rhoades, Clearview: Lowered his indoor PR from 2:04.78 from sectionals last year and lowered his season-best of 2:05.29.
2:04.25 … Dakota Oyuela, Burlington Twp.: Previous indoor PR was a 2:06.89 on the same track in January of 2019.
2:04.33 … Tyler Greene, Ocean City: Ran within half a second of his PR of 2:03.77 from the Varsity Classic at the Armory a week earlier.
2:04.37 … Grayson Fasolo, Haddonfield: Took more than 3 1/2 seconds off his overall 800 PR of 2:07.94 from a week earlier at the Bubble.