STONE CARACCIO 1:52 ANCHOR GIVES KINGSWAY MEET OF CHAMPIONS 4X8 WIN WITH U.S. #1 TIME!!!!!

WHAT A RACE BY KINGSWAY!!!

With senior Stone Caraccio anchoring in 1:52.8, the Kingsway boys ran the fastest 3,200-meter relay time in the U.S. this year Sunday morning at the Meet of Champions!

The Dragons ran 7:47.50, No. 7 in state history and fastest in seven years at the 52nd annual Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island.

Kingsway and Ridge gapped the field early, and ran together for most of the race. Caraccio moved passed Ridge anchor Alex Sargen with 300 to go and then ran away from him on the final lap, Kingsway winning by 12 meters. Ridge was second in 7:49.51, which is No. 16 in state history.

Kingsway’s time is No. 3 in South Jersey history behind only Cherokee’s 7:43.64 at 2012 nationals and Pleasantville’s 7:45.55 at Easterns in 2013, both at the Armory.

Kingsway destroyed the Gloucester County record of 7:51.43 set by Washington Township at 2009 nationals at the Armory. The Dragons also ran faster than their overall school record of 7:47.66 that they ran at the 2011 outdoor Meet of Champions at Old Bridge. They just missed the overall indoor-outdoor Gloucester County record of 7:46.28 that Delsea ran to win the 2018 outdoor Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington.

Senior Ethan Bentley and sophomores Jeffrey Heineman and Kyle Rakitis also ran for Kingsway, which also broke the Meet of Champions record of 7:57.34 set two years ago by Hopewell Valley at the Bubble. The 4-by-8 has been contested at the M-of-C since 2017. I’ll update with complete splits ASAP.

This is the first time in its 52-year history the Meet of Champions has been held outside New Jersey and the first time it’s been held on a banked track.

Kingsway bumped Phillips Exeter Academy of New Hampshire out of the No. 1 spot on the 2020 U.S. MileSplit list.158187145220864304.png Phillips Exeter ran 7:48.81 at Easterns last month at the Armory. Ridge went into the race as the top seed with its 7:50.02 from Millrose, which was No. 2 in the U.S.

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR 3,200-METER LIST
7:41.53 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2012
7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012
7:43.91 … Morris Hills, 2009
7:44.07 … Pope John XXIII, 2012
7:44.5h … Roselle Catholic, 1969
7:45.55 … Pleasantville, 2013
7:47.50 … Kingsway, 2020
7:47.69 … Colts Neck, 2005
7:48.10 … Morris Hills, 2016
7:48.55 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2001
7:48.6h … Roselle Catholic, 1970
7:48.82 … Ridgewood, 2014
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor, 2017
7:49.23 … Christian Brothers Academy, 2013
7:49.31 … Old Bridge, 2015
7:49.51 … Ridge, 2000
7:49.70 … West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 2013
7:49.89 … South Brunswick, 2014
7:49.96 … Old Bridge, 2017

ALL-TIME S.J. OVERALL 3,200-METER LIST
7:40.71 … Pleasantville, 2013 [outdoors]
7:43.57 … Haddonfield, 2015 [outdoors]
7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012 [indoors]
7:46.28 … Delsea, 2018 [outdoors]
7:47.27 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2016 [outdoors]
7:47.50 … Kingsway, 2020 [indoors]
7:47.66 … Kingsway, 2011 [outdoors]
7:47.96 … Haddonfield, 2016 [outdoors]
7:48.16 … Kingsway, 2013 [outdoors]
7:48.25 … Vineland, 2012 [outdoors]
7:48.70 … Rancocas Valley, 2016 [outdoors]
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017 [indoors]
7:49.67 … Washington Twp., 2009 [outdoors]
7:49.85 … Cherokee, 2012 [outdoors]

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