How Haddon Township’s South Jersey four-mile relay record has stood for 47 years! And the full S.J. 4xMile top-50!!!

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The New Brunswick Home News ran full agate on the New Jersey Relays on May 23, 1973

The oldest South Jersey record belongs to Haddon Township, which ran 17:20.1 in the four-mile relay 47 years ago!

It was May 22, 1973, and Al Tanner’s bunch went to the New Jersey Relays at Elizabeth to take on Tim Coheeney and the mighty Paramus Catholic distance team.

Haddon Township had set the existing South Jersey record earlier that spring with a 17:57.3 at the Temple Relays at Franklin Field.

But at the state relays, Township locked up with Paramus Catholic and made history.

Senior Mark Yellin led off with a 4:18.7 – remember, these are full miles, not 1,600s – and senior Dan Matousch followed with a 4:19.8 split. Senior Steve Cummings, moving up from the 880, split 4:26.7, and junior Mike Elder anchored in 4:14.9.

All four splits were PRs.

Paramus Catholic won the race in 17:12.6, just missing the national record of 17:12.2 set by Fred Lane, Jim McLoughlin, Art Martin and Marty Liquori and Essex Catholic at Highland Park in 1966.

Here’s the story from the Courier Post:

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Haddon Township’s time was No. 5 in U.S. history at the time. To this day, nearly half a century later, it remains the No. 21 mark in U.S. history. Seven of those top 21 are from the 1970s, which is crazy considering they didn’t have a postseason national meet to peak for.

(The full all-time U.S. list is below the top-50 list)

Haddonfield in 2010 virtually tied Haddon Township’s with a fully automatic 17:20.21 when it won the New Balance Nationals race in Greensboro, N.C. Although Haddonfield’s time is slightly intrinsically faster because it was FAT timed, you can’t convert into a record, so they are listed as co-records.

ALL-TIME S.J. 6,400-METER RELAY LIST

17:14.0y ..… Haddon Twp., 1973
17:14.18y … Haddonfield, 2010
17:22.17y … Mainland Reg., 2004
17:33.50y … Mainland Reg., 2003
17:35.2y … Williamstown, 1973
17:45.37y … Cherokee, 2016
17:46.09y … Kingsway, 2018
17:52.49y … Cherokee, 2001
17:52.60y … Haddonfield, 2001
17:52.95 … Cherokee, 1999
17:54.14y … Paul VI, 1989
17:54.4h … Paul VI, 1989
17:54.92 … Triton, 2005
17:55.3h … Highland, 1990
17:56.1y … Cherry Hill West, 1975
17:59.1y … Kingsway, 2019
18:00.41 … Ocean City, 2008
18:01.50 … Kingsway, 2015
18:01.73 … Cherokee, 1998
18:04.61 … Cherokee, 2000
18:05.35 … Kingsway, 2019
18:07.89 … Haddonfield, 2008
18:10.3y … Paul VI, 1977
18:13.20 … Washington Twp., 2008
18:13.76 … Washington Twp., 2000
18:14.15 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
18:14.9h … Paul VI, 1991
18:16.57 … Rancocas Valley, 2002
18:10.69y … Kingsway, 2017
18:17.05 … Haddonfield, 2000
18:17.05 … Kingsway, 2017
18:17.4h … Cherokee, 1989
18:17.87 … Shawnee, 2008
18:18.53 … Cherokee, 2003
18:19.4h … Paul VI, 1985
18:19.61 … Cherry Hill East, 2009
18:20.56 … Kingsway, 2013
18:21.21 … West Deptford, 2014
18:22.0h … Highland, 1991
18:24.0h … Highland, 2012
18:24.85 … Highland, 2018
18:26.9h … Cherokee, 2005
18:29.60 … Cherokee, 2008
18:29.76 … Cherokee, 2009
18:30.45 … Cherokee, 2011
18:23.6y … Collingswood, 1978
18:31.50 … Shawnee, 1991
18:34.1h … Haddonfield, 2003
18:33.4h … Shawnee, 1993
18:34.4h … Cherokee, 1990

All-Time U.S. 4-Mile Relay List

17:04.55 … Ogden (Utah), 2016
17:04.61 … Great Oak (Calif.), 2016
17:06.6 … South Eugene (Ore.), 1976
17:06.92 … Northport (N.Y.), 2014
17:10.7 … McCullough (Texas), 1986
17:11.7 … South Eugene (Ore.), 1975
17:12.2 … Essex Catholic (N.J.), 1966
17:12.6 … Paramus Catholic (N.J.), 1973
17:13.2 … Lompoc (Calif.), 1973
17:15.0 … Claremont (Calif.), 1971
17:16.12 … Highland Milford (Mich.), 2013
17:17.45 … Stillwater (Minn.), 2013
17:18.3 … Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), 2006
17:18.81 … Nathan Hale (Wash.), 2014
17:19.03 … Gig Harbor (Wash.), 2014
17:19.3 … Royal (Calif.), 2006
17:19.42 … Collegiate (N.Y.), 2007
17:19.6 … Power Memorial (N.Y.), 1974
17:19.69 … West Windsor-Plainsboro North (N.J.), 2018
17:20.14 … Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.), 2019
17:20.1 … Haddon Township (N.J.), 1973
17:20.21 … Haddonfield (N.J.), 2010

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