Next up in the South Jersey County Record Project: Camden County outdoor records!

Here’s the type of thing that drives me nuts:

The Camden County 100-yard dash record as listed in all the old New Jersey Track annuals is 9.5, set in 1969 by Walt Lofland of Woodrow Wilson.

Here’s the thing: I have no idea when he ran that. I checked all his sectional and state results – and the 1969 Mof-C, which was the first one – and don’t see anything for Walt faster than 9.7.

So when was it? Was there a Camden County meet back then? There was a South Jersey Meet of Champions at one point, but in 1969?

When I put these lists together I try to have as much detailed info as possible on exactly where the mark was achieved.

A few of these old Camden County records are missing that info, so if you can help fill in the blanks, please do!

Corrections and errors, please let me know in the comments section (and not on Twitter … I won’t see them).

[An update: Thanks to Dave Stewart and Rod Coon for some good info on Lofland. He actually graduated in 1968 and not 1969 and most likely had a PR of 9.6 and not 9.5. BTW – Did you know Rod is the first state champion I ever covered as a sports writer? He won the state Group 1 400 title at Jadwin as a sophomore at Palmyra in the winter of 1986. It was the first track meet I ever covered and even though Kenny Reynolds and Terry Bellamy of Willingboro won state titles representing Burlington County that day – Kenny won the Group 3 55 and Terry won the 800 – those were much later in the day. Rod won the first race of the day at about 9:05 a.m. That was only 34 years ago!]

BOYS

100-YARD DASH: 9.5 … Walt Lofland [Wilson], 1968
100-METER DASH [ht]: 10.2 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1983 [Meet of Champions]
100-METER DASH [fat]: 10.35 … Jamar Ervin [Camden], 2003 [Meet of Champions]
200-METER DASH [ht]: 20.7h … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984 [Meet of Champions]
200-METER DASH [fat, w, q]20.51 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI], 2018 [Nationals]
200-METER DASH: 21.06 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
400-METER DASH: 46.02 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984 [IPI]
800-METER RUN [ht]: 1:53.0 … Jeff Boyer [Camden], 1983
800-METER RUN [fat]: 1:53.25 … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield], 2016 [Haddonfield Distance Night]
1,500-METER RUN: 3:49.4h … Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1974
1,600-METER RUN: 4:09.30 … Colin Baker [Haddonfield], 2009 [Meet of Champions]
MILE RUN: 4:10.2 … Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1973
3,000-METER RUN: 8:18.3 … Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
3,200-METER RUN: 8:58.32 … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2015 [Meet of Champions]
TWO-MILE RUN: 9:02.7 … Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1972
5,000-METER RUN: 14:42.16 … Jerry Andrews [Highland], 1979 [Junior Nationals]
3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE [nw]: Ben Dillon [Cherry Hill East], 2014 [Woodbury Relays]
110-METER HURDLES [fat]: 13.43 … Dayne Brown [Camden], 1999 [N.J. Group 3]
400-METER HURDLES: 50.37 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001 [USATF Junior Nationals]
400-METER RELAY: 40.92 … Winslow Twp., 2003 [Penn Relays] ???
800-METER RELAY: 1:24.49 … Winslow Twp., 2003 ???
1,600-METER RELAY: 3:09.91 … Camden, 2001 [Nationals]
3,200-METER RELAY: 7:43.57 … Haddonfield, 2015 [Meet of Champions]
FOUR-MILE RELAY: 17:20.0 … Haddon Twp., 1973
SUPER SPRINT MEDLEY: 1:31.22 … Cherry Hill East, 2012 [Nationals]
SPRINT MEDLEY: 3:22.85 … Camden, 2001 [Nationals]
DISTANCE MEDLEY [2.5M]: 10:14.3 … Haddon Twp., 1973
DISTANCE MEDLEY [4K]: 10:10.62 … Haddonfield [Penn Relays]
SHUTTLE HURDLES: 56.88 … Woodrow Wilson, 1999
HIGH JUMP: 7-0 … Montez Blair [Timber Creek], 2008 [Woodbury Relays]
7-0 … Reggie Williams [Highland], 1997 [Meet of Champions]
LONG JUMP: 24-11 1/4 … Anthony Miles [Winslow Twp.], 2002 [Meet of Champions]
TRIPLE JUMP: 50-6 3/4 … Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013 [S.J. Group 1]
POLE VAULT: 16-0 … Bob Green [Haddon Heights], 1992
DISCUS: 216-11 … Ron Dayne [Overbrook], 1996 [Golden West]
JAVELIN [old]: 226-11 … Dave Reiss [Haddon Heights], 1966
JAVELIN [new]: 212-2 … Alexander Georgia [Timber Creek], 2017 [Meet of Champions]
SHOT PUT: 64-6 1/4 … Ron Dayne [Overbrook], 1996 [N.J. Group 4]

GIRLS

100-YARD DASH: 10.4 … Patti Dunlap [Camden], 1979
100-METER DASH: 11.49 … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008 [N.J. Group 4]
200-METER DASH [ht]: 23.6 … Patti Dunlap [Camden], 1979
200-METER DASH [fat]: 23.66 … Dennisha Page [Wilson], 2019 [Meet of Champions]
400-METER DASH [fat]: 54.36 … Shakira Dance [Winslow Twp.], 2016 [N.J. Group 3]
800-METER RUN: 2:07.33 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2009 [Meet of Champions]
1,500-METER RUN: 4:25.05 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010 [Princeton Elite]
1,600-METER RUN: 4:40.42y … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001 [Nationals]
3,000-METER RUN: 9:40.23 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010 [Penn Relays]
3,200-METER RUN: 10:33.52 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001 [N.J. Group 2]
5,000-METER RUN: 17:08.55 … Holly Bischof [Bishop Eustace], 2011 [Nationals]
3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE: 11:25.79nw … Amanda Bakley [Pennsauken], 2015 [Woodbury Relays]
100-METER HURDLES [fat]: 13.79 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012 [Rowan Invite]
400-METER HURDLES: 56.83 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2005 [Nationals]
400-METER RELAY: 46.98 … Winslow Twp., 2017 [Nationals]
800-METER RELAY: 1:38.43 … Winslow Twp., 2018 [Nationals]
1,600-METER RELAY: 3:45.41 … Camden, 1995 [Meet of Champions]
3,200-METER RELAY: 9:06.30 … Haddonfield, 2008 [Penn Relays]
4-MILE RELAY: 21:43.45 … Haddonfield, 2007 [Nationals]
SUPER SPRINT MEDLEY: 1:45.17 … Winslow Twp., 2019 [Nationals]
SPRINT MEDLEY: 4:02.60 … Sterling, 2017 [Nationals]
DISTANCE MEDLEY: 12:02.34 … Haddonfield, 2000 [Penn Relays]
SHUTTLE HURDLES: 59.00 … Edgewood, 1999 [East Coast Relays]
HIGH JUMP: 5-9 1/2 …Priscilla Fredericks [Paul VI], 2007 [Meet of Champions]
LONG JUMP: 20-0 1/2 … Teneacia Smith [Cherry Hill East], 1992
TRIPLE JUMP: 39-3 … Genevieve Okoro [Eastern], 2010 [N.J. Group 4]
POLE VAULT: 11-3 … Jennifer Scott [Haddonfield], 2019 [Haddonfield Invite]
DISCUS: 143-5 … Tisha Kerrin [Eastern], 1989 [Meet of Champions]
JAVELIN [old]: 149-5 … Carla Brown [Overbrook], 1986 [Meet of Champions]j
JAVELIN [new]: 152-9 … Katherine Johnston [Haddonfield], 2012 [N.J. Group 2]
SHOT PUT: 44-4 1/4 .. .Dana White [Camden], 2000 [Meet of Champions]

KEY

h – hand-timed mark
y – mark converted from yards
er – mark made en-route
q – mark made in qualifying rounds
w – wind-aided
ht – hand-timed
fat – fully automatic timing used

7 thoughts on “Next up in the South Jersey County Record Project: Camden County outdoor records!

  1. Rod Coon March 26, 2020 / 3:55 pm

    Roob-

    Walt Lofland ran the 100-yd dash in 9.6 seconds in a dual meet against Lenape on May 3, 1968. Also, he apparently was a senior in 1968 so it would’ve been impossible for him to have run a 9.5 in 1969.

    I’ll try and send you the newspaper clip via email.

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    • sjtcaweb March 26, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      wow, how do you know this stuff? thanks for the info

      I’ll look at the 1967 and 1968 meets … I still need to figure out the 9.5!

      hope you’re doing good

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  2. Rod Coon March 26, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    I’m doing well, thanks! Like you, I’m a track junkie and have access to different newspaper databases to research information. I just emailed you a SJ track & field record list from 1972. Take a look at where Walt Lofland is ranked in the 100.

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    • sjtcaweb March 26, 2020 / 4:51 pm

      Wow, that’s great stuff! I love this kind of stuff! Thanks!

      I can’t believe Vineland had a dude run 47.5 for the 440 in 1969!

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  3. Dave Stewart March 26, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    I came up with the same. Lofland did run a 9.6 in the Group 4 Championships as well, if you want to consider that more legit than the dual meet time.But definitely listed as a senior in 1968 in multiple newspaper accounts.

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    • sjtcaweb March 26, 2020 / 4:51 pm

      Interesting stuff. I wonder where that 9.5 came from. I’m going to find Ed Grant’s 1969 fall annual covering the spring of 1968 – which is in some box somewhere in the basement – and see if he makes a reference to it.

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      • Dave Stewart March 26, 2020 / 6:03 pm

        One possibility: I did find an article from the July 1, 1968 Courier Post that states Lofland ran 9.6 in Sayreville in the NJ Jaycees Junior Olympics to qualify for the National Championships to be held in Oregon. Haven’t yet found a link to that meet-and the AAU Junior Olympics, for which I do see a link, were held in Knoxville that year. So, not really an answer, but does present one more meet where he could have run 9.5 (although the year would still be wrong).

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