AUSTIN GABAY RUNS #11 TIME IN STATE HISTORY IN MIND-BLOWING MEET OF CHAMPIONS 3,200!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In one of the greatest distance performers ever by a South Jersey runner, Cinnaminson senior Austin Gabay mixed it up with Liam Murphy of Allentown and Jack Jennings of Mendham – two of the fastest runners in New Jersey history – before recording the second-fastest indoor 3,200 in South Jersey history.

In the fastest Meet of Champions 3,200 in the meet’s 52-year history, Gabay just missed Jon Vitez’s South Jersey 3,200 record and posted the 11th-fastest time in state history at 9:00.27.

Vitez won the 2010 Meet of Champions in 8:58.81.

Murphy, who has run 8:54.22, No. 3 in state history, ran 8:58.16 and Jennings moved into the No. 8 spot in state history at 8:58.19.

The times are No. 5, No. 6 and No. 9 in the U.S. this year, according to the MileSplit national database. 158187145220864304.png

Gabay, who ran a PR 9:12.77 as part of his state Group 2 double, shattered the Burlington County record of 9:11.86 set over two miles and converted from 9:15.06 by Marc Pelerin of Cherokee at Easterns at the Armory in 2002. He also ran faster than Pelerin’s outdoor county record of 9:01.89, which Pelerin set at Golden West in 2001. Pelerin now teaches the Cinnaminson school district and coached Gabay as a middle schooler!

Braddock was fourth in 9:06.86, Cherry Hill East’s Oliver Adler fifth in 9:08.42, South Brunswick’s Vidhur Polam sixth in 9:09.54, Cherokee’s Ethan Wechsler seventh in 9:12.20 and Haddonfield’s Martin Riddell eighth in 9:14.70.

In a loaded field on the fast 200-meter oval at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island, N.Y., a group of 11 runners was still intact when the leaders hit 1,600 meters at a brisk 4:32.2.

Gradually, the lead group got smaller, and with 550 meters to go, Murphy, Jennings and Gabay dropped Jackson Braddock of Southern, turning the race into a furious three-man battle.

Jennings took the lead from Murphy when the hit the backstretch on the next lap, but Gabay maintained contact in third. Murphy regained the lead on the turn and then Gabay moved into the lead when they hit a lap to go at 8:31, with Jennings falling six meters back.

Murphy regained the lead from Gabay on the final backstretch and then Jennings sprinted past both Murphy and Gabay as they hit the final turn, with all three runners also navigating around lapped runners.

Jennings and Murphy finally separated from Gabay on the final straight and hammered the final 50 meters, Murphy inside in lane 2 and Jennings outside in lane 3, with Murphy getting the win by 3-100ths of a second on a lean.

Murphy closed in 58.2 and 26.5, Jennings in 57.9 and 25.9 (!!!) and Gabay in 60.1 and 28.9.

One of the greatest races in New Jersey history.

The first time there’s ever been an indoor New Jersey 3,200 with three runners at 9:00 or faster.

The race produced the No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 18, No. 21 and No. 24 times in the meet’s 52-year history!

Gabay ran fast enough to win 48 of the 51 previous Meet of Champions two-mile or 3,200 titles, including every one from 1969 through 2007!

The meet was held for the first time ever outside of New Jersey and for the first time on a banked track.

Meanwhile, Adler ran the No. 3 time in South Jersey history, behind only Vitez and Gabay and No. 2 in Camden County history. Wechsler lowered his PR with the No. 9 time in South Jersey history. And Riddell lowered his PR to 9:14.70, No. 13 in South Jersey history.

From 1977 through last year, a 43-year span, only two South Jersey runners ran sub-9:13 – Pelerin in 2002 and Vitez in 2010.

On Sunday, three did it in one race!!!!!

Gabay, Braddock, Adler, Polam and Wechsler all ran the fastest times by place in meet history.

Interestingly, Braddock broke the meet record for fastest fourth-place time held by another Southern Regional runner from 10 years ago.

Here are the top places by time for the top nine places coming into the race and what the new marks are:

1st: 8:54.22 … Liam Murphy, Allentown, 2019
2nd: 8:54.45 … Devin Hart, Point Pleasant Boro, 2019
3rd: 9:07.17 … Tyler Udland, Millburn, 2010 [Gabay, 9:00.29]
4th: 9:11.55 … Matt Valeriani, Southern, 2010 [Braddock, 9:06.86]
5th: 9:11.69 … Joe Kotran, Toms River North, 2010 [Adler, 9:08.42]
6th: 9:13.03 … Jim Rosa, WW-Plainsboro No., 2010 [Polem 9:09.54]
7th: 9:13.33 … Mike Rankin, Paul VI, 2010 [Wechsler 9:12.20]
8th: 9:13.58 … Mike O’Dowd, Colts Neck, 2010
9th: 9:13.93 … Paul Szulewski, Washington Twp., 2010

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR 3,200 LIST
8:36.14y … Edward Cheserek [St. Benedict’s], 2013
8:53.78y … Devin Hart [Point Pleasant Boro], 2019
8:54.22 … Liam Murphy [Allentown], 2019
8:56.53y … Brian Leung [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2008
8:56.6y … Kevin Byrne [Paramus Catholic], 1977
8:56.85y … Craig Forys [Colts Neck], 2006
8:57.23y … James Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2010
8:58.19 … Jack Jennings [Mendham], 2020
8:58.49y … Brandon Jarrett [St. Benedict’s], 2008
8:58.81 … Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
9:00.27 … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
9:00.95 … Jeramy Elkaim [Livingston], 2010
9:01.00y … Doug Smith [Gill St. Bernard], 2008
9:01.44y … Jordan Brannen (Colts Neck), 2017
9:02.00 … Tom O’Neill [Middletown North], 2014
9:02.85y … Mohamed Khadraoui [JFK-Paterson], 2004
9:02.97y … Chris Pannone [Hunterdon Central], 2004
9:03.3y … Marty Liquori [Essex Catholic], 1967
9:04.53y … Sean Pohorence [Morris Hills], 2009
9:04.5y … Chris Inman [Essex Catholic], 1973
9:04.8y … Tim Conheeney [Paramus Catholic], 1973
9:05.15y … Patrick Sullivan [Don Bosco, 2016
9:05.16y … John Coyle [CBA], 1989
9:05.42y … Tom Rooney [CBA], 2014
9:05.44y … Steve Slattery [Mt. Olive], 1997
9:05.6y … Vince Cartier [Scotch Plains], 1971
9:06.0y … Chris Hallinan [Bernards], 1976
9:06.6y … Dave Thompson [Dover], 1979
9:06.77y … Andrew Hanko [Trinity Christian], 2007
9:07.16 … Tyler Udland [Millburn], 2010
9:07.6y … Royce Flippin [Princeton], 1976
9:07.91 … Brian Boyett [Parsippany Troy Hills], 2004
9:07.8y … Greg Ryan [Essex Catholic], 1965
9:08.42 … Oliver Adler [Cherry Hill East], 2020
9:08.7y .. Carlos Bazo [Essex Catholic], 1972
9:08.7y … Henry Lenz [Memorial-WNY], 1977
9:08.82y … Ben Malone (Pasc. Vall) 2012
9:09.7y … Lou Ross [Delbarton], 1981

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR 3,200-METER LIST
8:58.81 ….. Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
9:00.29 … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
9:08.42 … Oliver Adler [Cherry Hill East], 2020
9:10.4y ….. Ken Medlin, Haddon Township, 1970
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
9:12.20 … 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
9:14.70 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield], 2020

ALL-TIME MEET OF CHAMPIONS 3,200 LIST
(place in parentheses)
8:54.22-Liam Murphy, Allentown, 2019 (1)
8:54.45-Devin Hart, Point Pleasant Boro, 2019 (2)
8:58.16-Liam Murphy, Allentown, 2020 (1)
8:58.19-Jack Jennings, Mendham, 2020 (2)
8:58.81-Jon Vitez, Haddonfield, 2010 (1)
8:59.77-Brian Leung, West Windsor South, 2008 (1)
9:00.27-Austin Gabay, Cinnaminson, 2020 (3)
9:00.95-Jeramy Elkaim, Livingston, 2010 (2)
9:01.86-Doug Smith, Gill St. Bernard’s, 2008 (2)
9:02.00-Tom O’Neill, Middletown North, 2013 (1)
9:03.58-Craig Forys, Colts Neck, 2007 (1)
9:04.7m-Chris Inman, Essex Catholic, 1973 (1)
9:04.8m-Tim Conheeney, Paramus Catholic, 1973 (2)
9:05.6m-Vince Cartier, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1971 (1)
9:06.2m-Chris Hallinan, Bernards, 1974 (1)
9:06.11-Devin Hart, Point Pleasant, 2018 (1)
9:06.58-Mohamed Khadraoui, Paterson Kennedy, 2004 (1)
9:06.86-Jackson Braddock, Southern Regional, 2020 (4)
9:07.17-Tyler Udland, Millburn, 2010 (3)
9:08.32-Jordan Brannan, Colts Neck, 2017 (1)
9:08.42-Oliver Adler, Cherry Hill East, 2020 (5)
9:08.55-Sean Poherence, Morris Hills, 2009 (1)
9:08.7m-Carlos Bazo, Essex Catholic, 1972 (1)
9:09.54-Vidhur Polam, South Brunswick, 2020 (6)
9:10.0m-Ed Taylor, Edison, 1976 (1)
9:10.09-Alex Roth, Princeton, 2017 (2)
9:10.27-Chris Pannone, Hunterdon Central, 2004 (2)
9:10.4m-Ken Medlin, Haddon Township, 1970 (1)
9:10.69-Tim Ball, Pisacataway, 2012 (1)
9:10.8m-Chris Hallinan, Bernards, 1976 (2)
9:10.9m-Royce Flippin, Princeton, 1976 (3)

 

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