From Pedricktown to Athens, it’s the remarkable story of Denise Liles … and the amazing Gloucester County record book!!!!!

Some pretty remarkable marks in the Gloucester County record book, including performances by some of the best runners in New Jersey history – Bill “Peanut” Gaines, Fred Sharpe, Rich Caton, Michelle Rowen and Denise Liles.

Each one of them posted marks that all these years later are among the best ever recorded in New Jersey and in some cases in the U.S.

Liles may not be remembered quite so well as the others, but she should be. She had an incredible career.

Denise Liles grew up in Pedricktown and as a 16-year-old in 1984 went to the TAC Junior Nationals at the L.A. Coliseum and won the 100 in 11.81, edging future two-time Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers, who ran 11.89, and placed second in the 200 in 24.05, just behind Pamela Quallis, who ran 11.97. (The same day, Carol Lewis long jumped 22-4 1/2 and Andrew Valmon of Manchester High won the 400 in 45.96 over Dennis Mitchell of Edgewood, who ran 46.19. Huge day for New Jersey and South Jersey in L.A. 36 years ago!)

Liles made the 1986 U.S. Junior National team that won the 400-meter relay at the World Juniors at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Carlette Guidry, Caryl Smith, Liles and Maicel Malone ran 43.78, which was a U.S. junior record at the time.

If you can fill in any of the blanks, please do!

INDOOR
Day 1: Atlantic County
Day 2: Burlington County
Day 3: Camden County
Day 4: Cape May County
Day 5: Cumberland County
Day 6: Gloucester County
Day 7: Salem County

OUTDOOR
Day 8: South Jersey 
Day 9: Atlantic County
Day 10: Burlington County
Day 11: Cape May County
Day 12: Cumberland County

We’re still missing some information on some early marks – where they made, when they were made, if they were really made. Results from several meets is sketchy before the 1990s.

BOYS

100-YARD DASH: 9.3 … Bill “Peanut” Gaines [Clearview], 1967 [N.J. Group 2]
100-METER DASH [ht]: 10.2 … Bill “Peanut” Gaines [Clearview], 1967 [AAU]
100-METER DASH: 10.47 … James Brown [Glassboro], 2009 [S.J. Group 1]
200-METER DASH: 21.0h … Bill “Peanut” Gaines [Clearview], 1967
200-METER DASH: 20.6h,s … Bill “Peanut” Gaines [Clearview], 1967 [N.J. Group 2]
200-METER DASH: 21.40 … Todd Dutch [Washington Twp.], 2001 [Meet of Champions]
400-METER DASH: 46.95 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2011 [Meet of Champions]
800-METER RUN [ht]: 1:49.7 … Rich Caton [Woodbury], 1979 [AAU]
800-METER RUN [fat]: 1:49.74 … Fred Sharpe [Paulsboro], 1997 [Nationals]
1,500-METER RUN: 3:58.0h … Paul “Egbert” Greenhalgh [Gateway], 1985
1,600-METER RUN: 4:11.07 … Xavier Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2009 [Meet of Champions]
MILE RUN: 4:10.3h,y … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1979
3,200-METER RUN: 9:01.9h,y … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1979 [Colonial Conference]
5,000-METER RUN: 15:01.04 … Paul Szuelewski [Williamstown], 2011 [Nationals]
10,000-METER RUN: 31:29.85 … Nick Costello [Delsea Regional], 2012 [Sam Howell Invite]
110-METER HURDLES: 13.66 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1997 [Meet of Champions]
400-METER HURDLES: 51.62 … Fred Sharpe [Paulsboro], 1996 [Meet of Champions]
3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE [nw]: 9:25.34 … Alec Sery [Kingsway], 2014 [Woodbury Relays]
HIGH JUMP: 6-10 … Josh Butler [Delsea Regional], 2006 [S.J. Group 3]
6-10 … Devin Bradham [Williamstown], 2014 [N.J. Group 4]
6-10 … Ameer Banks [Delsea Regional], 2015 [South Jersey Invite]
LONG JUMP: 25-2 1/2 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012 [Woodbury Relays]
TRIPLE JUMP: 50-9 1/4 … Khaliel Burnett [Delsea Regional], 2018 [N.J. Group 3]
POLE VAULT: 15-7 … Nico Morales [Delsea Regional], 2019 [Tri-County Conference]
SHOT PUT: 64-10 1/4 … Jon Kalnas [Paulsboro], 1997 [Meet of Champions]
DISCUS: 192-5 … Josh Awotunde [Delsea Regional], 2013 [N.J. Group 3]
JAVELIN [old]: 205-7 … Sal Fiorentino [Washington Twp.], 1974
JAVELIN [new]: 199-0 … Kevin Fitzpatrick [Williamstown], 2001 [Meet of Champions]
DECATHLON: 5,895 … Dylan Altland [Kingsway], 2014 [Nationals]
3,000-METER RACEWALK: 13:31.53 … Samuel Allen [Kingsway], 2019 [Nationals]
400-METER RELAY: 41.47 … Deptford, 2018 [Meet of Champions]
800-METER RELAY: 1:27.96 … Williamstown, 2015 [Woodbury Relays]
1,600-METER RELAY: 3:18.18 … Deptford, 2015 [Woodbury Relays]
3,200-METER RELAY: 7:46.28 … Delsea Regional, 2018 [Meet of Champions]
FOUR-MILE RELAY: 17:41.2 … Williamstown, 1974 [East Coast Relays]
SUPER SPRINT MEDLEY: 1:31.90 … Delsea Regional, 2007 [S.J. Relays]
SPRINT MEDLEY: 3:27.10 … Washington Twp., 2010 [Nationals]
DISTANCE MEDLEY: 10:19.11 … Washington Twp., 2009 [East Coast Relays]
SHUTTLE HURDLES: 1:00.48 … Washington Twp., 2012 [Nationals]

GIRLS

100-METER DASH [ht]:11.5 … Denise Liles [Kingsway], 1986 [Meet of Champions]
100-METER DASH [fat]: 11.58 … Bria Mack [Williamstown], 2017 [N.J. Group 4]
200-METER DASH [ht]: 23.9 … Denise Liles [Kingsway], 1986 [Meet of Champions]
24.0y … Lori Lewis [Woodbury], 1978 [Meet of Champions]
200-METER DASH [fat]: 24.05 … Denise Liles [Kingsway], 1984 [TAC Juniors]
400-METER DASH: 53.51 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996 [Nationals]
800-METER RUN: 2:10.1 … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
1,500-METER RUN: 4:20.05 … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1983 [TAC Juniors]
1,600-METER RUN: 4:41.66y … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982 [IPI]
3,000-METER RUN: 9:57.9h … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1981 [Penn Relays]
3,200-METER RUN: 10:12.8h … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1983 [S.J. Group 4]
5,000-METER RUN: 17:07.92 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2009 [Nationals]
100-METER HURDLES: 14.05 … Jasmine Waddell [Kingsway], 2011 [N.J. Group 3]
400-METER HURDLES: 1:00.90 … Meda Ashton [Washington Twp.], 1999 [Nationals]
3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE [nw]: 11:39.70 … McKenzie Nugent [Kingsway], 2014 [Woodbury Relays]
HIGH JUMP: 5-10 1/2 … Megan Kirschling [West Deptford], 2012 [N.J. Group 2]
LONG JUMP: 19-4 3/4 … Gabrielle Farquharson [Williamstown], 2011 [S.J. Group 4]
TRIPLE JUMP: 39-7 1/2 … Zenee Gadson [Glassboro], 2012 [N.J. Group 1]
POLE VAULT: 12-7 1/2 … Ashley Preston [Delsea Regional], 2018 [Penn Relays]
SHOT PUT: 46-4 … Janiece Rose [Delsea Regional], 2011 [Rowan Open]
DISCUS: 172-2 … Jocelyn White [Delsea Regional], 2004 [N.J. Group 3]
JAVELIN [old]: 152-7 … Emma Painter [Clayton], 1980 [Meet of Champions]
JAVELIN [new]: 146-7 … Victoria Imbesi [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009 [Woodbury Relays]
400-METER RELAY: 47.27 … Delsea Regional, 2017 [Meet of Champions]
800-METER RELAY: 1:41.10 … Washington Twp., 1999 [East Coast Relays]
1,600-METER RELAY: 3:48.87 … Washington Twp., 1999 [East Coast Relays]
3,200-METER RELAY: 9:18.22 … Kingsway, 2016 [Meet of Champions]
FOUR-MILE RELAY: 21:44.25 … Kingsway, 2019 [Nationals]
SUPER SPRINT MEDLEY: 1:50.59 … Clearview, 2016 [Rowan Open]
SPRINT MEDLEY: 4:08.08 … Kingsway, 2017 [Nationals]
DISTANCE MEDLEY: 12:23.33 … Delsea Regional, 2011 [West Dpetford Relays]
SHUTTLE HURDLES: 1:04.68 … West Deptford, 2016 [Rowan Open]

KEY

y – mark hand-timed and converted from yards
s – 200-meter dash mark on straightaway
ht – hand-timed
fat – fully automatic timing
nw – no water jump in steeplechase

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