Pennsauken’s remarkable Bryce Tucker destroyed the state freshman 800 record Sunday when he ran 1:56.75 at the Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze.
He broke the state freshman mark of 1:57.70 that Myles Plummer of Union Catholic set at last year’s Meet of Champions at the Bubble.
Before Plummer, the mark belonged to Maxwell Bruno of Indian Hills, who ran 1:58.9 in 2005.
According to the MileSplit database, it’s the fastest indoor time by a U.S. freshman in seven years.
Tucker ran his first lifetime high school 800 at the Bubble last MONTH and ran 2:10.49. He quickly got down to 2:02.89 a week later and then PR’d at 2:01.99 at sectionals, 2:00.89 at the Bubble and 2:00.16 at states.
But 1:56.75 is a nearly 3 1/2-second PR and the No. 1 freshman time in the U.S., according to the MileSplit data base. The only other freshman under 1:58 this winter according to MileSplut is Nathan Cumberbatch of Shorewood, Wisc., who ran 1:56.99 at a meet in Lexington, Ky., last month. He was an AAU national age-group champ last spring at 1:59.18.
To put Tucker’s time in perspective, only eight New Jersey seniors have run that fast this winter. Tucker placed 11th in his first Meet of Champions race.
Tucker was out in 28.3 and 58.1 and came back in 30.4 and 58.6.
Incredibly, unless I’m missing someone, his time is No. 5 in Camden County indoor history and less than a second off the county indoor record of 1:55.93, set in 2017 by Haddonfield’s Derek Gess.
Looks like Pennsauken’s previous school record was 1:59.24 by Elijah Swain at the 2011 Meet of Champions.
I went through all my Jack Shepard U.S. High School Track annuals going back to the early 1990s and found only four faster freshman times, although in some years the cut-off for the 800 was faster than 1:56.75, so there are likely missing times out there. If they happened before the MileSplit national data base came into existence, there’s probably no way to find them.
1:55.45 … Andrew Perkins [Watertown (Wisc.)], 2005
1:55.64 … Terrell Jackson [Memphis (Tenn.) University School], 2013
1:56.02 … Lionel Williams [St. Peter’s, Staten Island, N.Y.], 2004
1:56.10 … Obea Moore [Muir, Pasadena, Calif.], 1994
ALL-TIME CAMDEN COUNTY INDOOR 800-METER LIST
1:55.93 … Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 2017
1:56.49 … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield], 2016
1:56.50 … Brian Laskowski [Bishop Eustace], 2008
1;56.60 … Andrew Riviello [Eastern], 2003
1:56.75 … Bryce Tucker [Pennsauken], 2020