More 1970s magic on the all-time South Jersey distance medley top-50!!!!!

The 1970s were definitely the heyday of the distance medley in South Jersey.

Here’s a look at the all-time top-20 marks in South Jersey by decade:

1970s – 8
1980s – 2
1990s – 2
2000s – 4
2010s – 4

Using the standard .9942 conversion from the 2 1/2-mile race to the 4,000-meter version, eight of the top 20 marks came between 1972 and 1979, with eight schools running 10:19.5 or faster.

Over the next 20 years, only four schools ran that fast. And during the last 40 years only 12 have.

There was definitely some distance magic going on nationally, state-wide and locally during the 1970s. It seems like there was almost as much of an emphasis on relays as individual events, and since there weren’t nearly as many big meets runners were fresh more often going into big DMRs.

Plus there was just some incredible talent in South Jersey during the 1970s, guys like Mike Mantini of Gateway, Dick Caton of Woodbury, Tony Uzdavines of Williamstown, Mike Elder at Haddon Township, Marty Ludwikowski at Cherry Hill West, Mike Glavin at Paul VI, and most of those teams popped great DMRs during that era.

Willingboro still holds the South Jersey DMR record with its then-national record from the 1983 Penn Relays – 37 years ago this week. I’ll have more on that race soon!

Here’s our best attempt at an all-time South Jersey DMR top-50!

All-Time S.J. Distance Medley Top-50

10:00.9h … Willingboro, 1983
10:10.62 … Haddonfield, 2016
10:10.74 … Washington Twp., 2000
10:10.8y … Haddon Township, 1973
10:12.65 … Mainland Reg., 2004
10:15.4y … Paul VI, 1976
10:15.5y … Highland, 1980
10:15.9y … Williamstown, 1973
10:16.11 … Cherokee, 2001
10:16.14 … Haddonfield, 2010
10:16.29 … Highland, 1991
10:17.2y … Williamstown, 1974
10:17.3y … Haddonfield, 1979
10:18.74 … Shawnee, 1991
10:19.11 … Washington Twp., 2009
10:19.47 … Cherokee, 2012
10:19.4y … Haddon Twp., 1972
10:19.4y … Paul VI., 1974
10:19.5y … Holy Cross, 1971
10:19.67 … Haddon Twp., 2015
10:19.90 … Cherry Hill East, 2016
10:20.11 … Haddonfield, 2002
10:20.92 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
10:20.98 … Northern Burlington, 2014
10:21.78 … Cherokee, 2000
10:22.3y … Highland, 1979
10:22.81 … Ocean City, 2003
10:22.9h … Paul VI, 1988
10:23.1y … Holy Cross, 1972
10:23.98 … Cherry Hill East, 2015
10:24.40 … Pleasantville, 2013
10:24.4h … Eastern, 1985
10:25.44 … Kingsway, 2019
10:25.6y … Gateway, 1979
10:25.6y … Woodbury, 1979
10:26.3y … Highland, 1979
10:26.3h … Cherokee, 1998
10.26.74 … Kingsway, 2018
10:26.90 … Camden Catholic, 2019
10:27.23 … Haddonfield, 2015
10:27.81 … Washington Twp., 2002
10:27.9y … Haddon Twp., 1969
10:28.46 … Haddonfield, 2011
10:28.65 … Delsea, 2012
10:29.0h … Paul VI, 1990
10:29.1y … Gateway, 1978
10:29.41 … Cherokee, 2002
10:29.56 … Eastern, 2015
10:30.1h … Paul VI, 1989
10:30.4h … Shawnee, 1989
10:30.64 … Northern Burlington, 2013

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