Austin Gabay runs historic double at state Group 2 championships!!!!!

CInnaminson’s Austin Gabay turned in a monster double Saturday at the state Group 2 meet.

Gabay won the 1,600 in 4:21.42 for his first career indoor state title and then came back with a brilliant 9:12.77 in the 3,200 to out-race Haddonfield’s Martin Riddell.

Gabay’s 3,200 broke the meet record of 9:14.31 set in 2013 by Jimmy Daniels of Sterling and bumped Oliver Adler of Cherry Hill East and Ethan Wechsler of Cherokee – who ran 9:12.87 and 9:12.90 earlier in the day in the state Group 4 race – into No. 7 and No. 8 in South Jersey history.

To put all that in perspective, more South Jersey two-milers ran sub-9:13 in one day (three) than in the past 33 years combined (two).

Riddell ran an indoor personal-best 9:16.29. He’s run 9:10.75 outdoors. His time was fourth-fastest of the day by a South Jersey runner but No. 14 in South Jersey history.

The state titles were the third and fourth of Gabay’s career. He won the 1,600 outdoors last spring and XC in the fall.

Gabay’s previous indoor PR was 9:15.90 at Ocean Breeze earlier this month. He’s run 9:15.13 so this was an overall indoor-outdoor PR.

Gabay has run faster for 1,600 meters – 4:16.02 outdoors and 4:20.31 full mile indoors last month.

The two titles make Gabay the first Cinnaminson athlete ever to double at the indoor state meet.

Three Cinnaminson athletes have doubled at the outdoor state meet: Anderson (1,600, 3,200 in 2004), Matt Poskus (800, 1,600 in 2007) and Kamron Kobolak (shot and disc in 2018). 

Going into the Meet of Champions, Gabay, Adler and Wechsler are the No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds, behind defending champ and Foot Locker finalist Liam Murphy of Allentown [9:04.41] and Foot Locker XC national top-10 finisher Jack Jennings of Mendham [9:09.27]. Riddell is the No. 7 seed. Murphy and Jennings are also the top-two seeds in the 1,600 (4:13.83, 4:14.63), so it will be interesting to see who winds up on the starting line for what could be a historic M-of-C 3,200 on the faster, banked track at Ocean Breeze next weekend.

Gabay wasn’t Cinnaminson’s only state champ Saturday at the Bubble. Corey Harrell, a junior, won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.78 after going into the meet with a PR over 8 seconds.

With the wins from Gabay and Harrell, Cinnaminson finished second in Group 2 team scoring behind only Delsea.

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR 3,200 LIST
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
9:12.77 … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
9:12.87 … Oliver Adler [Cherry Hill East], 2020
9:12.90 … Ethan Wechsler [Cherokee], 2020
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
9:16.09 ….. Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
9:16.29 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield], 2020
9:17.52 ….. Lou Corgliano [Hammonton], 2013
9:17.55 ….. Greg Hughes [Mainland Reg.], 2004
9:17.71 ….. Dave Forward [Shawnee], 2009

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