EHT’s Anthony Vazquez hurdles his way to Easterns title, #3 all-time Atlantic County performance!!!!

Egg Harbor senior Anthony Vazquez on Tuesday night became the second Atlantic County hurdler in a row to win the 55-meter hurdles at the 87th annual Easterns.

A year after Sincere Rhea of St. Augustine won in 7.20, the second-fastest time in meet history and fastest in 40 years, Vazquez ran a personal-best 7.45 across the Armory Infield to beat a field of some of the fastest hurdlers in the region.

Take a look at Vazquez, thanks to EHT’s Twitter account!

HIs time is No. 3 in the state this year and No. 3 in Atlantic County history.

With five South Jersey hurdlers in the field, Vazquez edged Franklin Township’s Uchenna Nwosu, who was second in 7.52.

Vazquez’s previous PR was 7.48 from a meet at the Bennett Center last month.

Winslow senior Isaiah Lewis led all the hurdlers in the prelims with a personal-best 7.56, and RV senior Daniel Dayrell ran a PR 7.67.

In the semis, Lewis lowered his PR to 7.51, Vazquez ran 7.51 and Dayrell PR’d again in 7.63, with Winslow senior Terry McNeill (7.69) and junior Brandon Greene (PR 7.72) also advancing to the eight-runner final.

In the final, it was Vazquez 1st, Lewis 3rd in 7.56, Dayrell 6th in 7.64, Green 7th with another PR of 7.66 and McNeil just back at 7.79.

Vazquez is the fourth Egg Harbor boy to win an Easterns title following Rich Winstead in the long jump in 1988 (23-1), high jumper A.J. Vance in 2012 (6-6) and sprinter Curtis Fitzpatrick in the 55 in 2013 (6.47). Also the Eagles’ 4-by-800 won in 2016. 

Vazquez’s time is No. 3 in Atlantic County history, behind Rhea and Pleasantville’s Nate Harley (7.29 in 1996). 

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey hurdlers who’ve won Easterns titles:
1943 … William Mitchell (Collingswood), 7.8y
1985 … Jonathan Dickey (Penns Grove), 7.32y
1989 … Gerard Reynolds (Willingboro), 7.44y
1990 … Gerard Reynolds (Willingboro), 7.35y
1995 … Sultan Tucker (Delsea), 7.47
1996 … Sultan Tucker (Delsea), 7.23
1999 … Danyne Brown (Camden), 7.34
2000 … Rashad Baker (Woodrow Wilson), 7.39
2002 … Matt Dahms (Haddonfield), 7.52
2006 … Will Brown (Palmyra), 7.29
2010 … Devon Carter (Washington Twp.), 7.49
2019 … Sincere Rhea (St. Augustine), 7.20
2020 … Anthony Vazquez (Egg Harbor Twp.), 7.45

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey list:
7.10 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.1h … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.1h … Jim Little [Moorestown], 1976
7.1h … Marc Dickerson [Willingboro], 1979
7.1h … George Bland [Penns Grove], 1987
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
7.40 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1982
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.42 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
7.43 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.43 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
7.45 … Kevin Hagamin [Timber Creek], 2014
7.45 … Anthony Vazquez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
7.46 … Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2010
7.46 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 2000
7.47 … Darius Holmes [Willingboro], 2012
7.48 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
7.48 … Tyrell Ross [Clearview], 2005
7.49 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
7.49 … Vince Rawlins [Eastern], 1991
7.49 … Chris Nichols [Willingboro], 1991
7.49 … Sam Aviles [Palmyra], 2019