Willingboro’s S.J. 4×4 record has stood unchallenged for 19 years! And the all-time girls 4×4 top-50 list!!!!!

I’m going to need your help on this one.

In 2001, the Willingboro girls ran 3:43.94 for third place in the 1,600-meter relay at the adidas Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro.

That broke the South Jersey record of 3:45.41 set six years earlier by Camden in the South Jersey race at Penn and was 3rd-fastest in state history, behind only Montclair’s 3:41.03 at Penn in 1998 and Plainfield’s 3:43.3 at the 1981 Meet of Champions. It remains No. 5 in state history.

I can’t find the official results anywhere, but the Chimeras’ lineup was probably Halimah Bashir, Rhea Mann, Danielle Myricks and Okechi Ogbuokiri. (The lineup was actually Halimah, Chanel Hamilton, Danielle and Okechi … and Myricks split a 53!).  I should know because I was there, but … I don’t. And my old newspaper tragically deleted its entire on-line archive so I can’t even look up my old story. And the Newspaper.com archive doesn’t show any other local papers acknowledging the performance.

So, sadly, this incredible performance has been lost to time.

So if that lineup is incorrect … please let me know!

But it was a remarkable race. That 3:43.94 means Willingboro’s four legs averaged sub-56 in the same race. And that performance has stood as the South Jersey record for 19 years!

The next year, the Chimeras ran 3:44.64 at the Meet of Champions in South Brunswick – I believe with the team of Rhea Mann, Channel Hamilton, Bashir and Ogbuokiri (please correct me if I’m wrong). And nobody has come within 2 1/2 seconds of the Chimeras’ 4×4 record since.

Anyway, this is the all-time South Jersey girls outdoor 1,600-meter relay top-50.

Incredibly, only 14 high schools are represented on here, with Willingboro [14] and Camden [9] accounting for 23 times – nearly half the top 50!

Lenape [4], Eastern [3], Rancocas Valley [2] and Millville [2] each have multiple teams on the list as well, leaving just four other spots.

Please send any additions and corrections to me in the comment’s section!

All-Time S.J. Girls Outdoor 1,600-Meter Relay Top-50

3:43.94 … Willingboro, 2001
3:44.64 … Willingboro, 2002
3:45.41 … Camden, 1995
3:45.67 … Willingboro, 1999
3:46.13 … Willingboro, 2000
3:46.67 … Winslow Twp., 2018
3:47.16 … Eastern, 2003
3:47.30 … Willingboro, 2003
3:47.41 … Winslow Twp., 2017
3:47.4h … Camden, 1978
3:47.55 … Camden, 2006
3:48.00 … Wilson, 2001
3:48.17 … Wilson, 2006
3:48.6y … Camden,, 1978
3:48.78 … Lenape, 2014
3:48.7h … Washington Twp., 1999
3:48.87 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
3:48.91 … Penns Grove, 2013
3:49.25 … Lenape, 2015
3:49.2y … Camden, 1979
3:49.30 … Winslow Twp., 2004
3:49.43 … Willingboro, 1997
3:49.53 … Willingboro, 1998
3:49.63 … Winslow Twp., 2016
3:49.93 … Willingboro, 2009
3:50.10 … Millville, 2008
3:50.21 … Winslow Twp., 2003
3:50.24 … Willingboro, 2009
3:50.27 … Lenape, 2017
3:50.31 … Eastern, 2002
3:50.36 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
3:50.46 … Woodrow Wilson, 2005
3:50.49 … Willingboro, 2010
3:50.56 … Winslow Twp., 2019
3:51.0h … Willingboro, 1982
3:51.18 … Eastern, 2003
3:51.22 … Camden, 2008
3:51.32 … Willingboro, 2000
3:51.43 … Lenape, 2012
3:51.44 … Willingboro, 1994
3:51.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 2007
3:51.68 … Millville, 2007
3:51.70 … Camden, 2010
3:51.6h … Highland, 1992
3:51.85 … Woodrow Wilson, 2000
3:51.91 … Camden, 2005
3:51.8h … Camden, 1979
3:51.9h … Willingboro, 1993
3:52.15 … Pennsauken, 2014
3:52.49 … Paul VI, 2018

6 thoughts on “Willingboro’s S.J. 4×4 record has stood unchallenged for 19 years! And the all-time girls 4×4 top-50 list!!!!!

  1. Ms tosca May 28, 2020 / 3:59 pm

    Channel Hamilton was on that 2001 relay in North Carolina. Not Rhea Mann. 57 sec a leg with Daniele Myrick splitting 53

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    • sjtcaweb May 29, 2020 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you! I used the names in the official results! They’re always wrong!

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  2. JEFF SCOTT SR May 28, 2020 / 5:32 pm

    Roob, Channel Hamilton, Halimah Bashir, Danielle Myricks and Okechi Ogbuokiri were on that relay team.

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  3. Billy Wright May 29, 2020 / 10:18 am

    Rubens
    Call eastern principal Robert tull he was the coach. I can’t help but add my long time dispute of the SJ track fraternity acceptance of performances after the meet of champs. The NFHS does not recognize a national championship in any sport…willingboros participation could only take place as a USATF registered club not as willingboro high nor could they wear school issued uniforms. While I’m prejudiced as the coach the Camden 95 team is arguably the best female relay team of all time having set SJ records in 3 relays and ranked in the top 10 in two others all performances within a 6 week time frame
    Billy Wright
    CHS coach
    90-96

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    • sjtcaweb May 29, 2020 / 11:41 pm

      Hey Billy – With all due respect to a great Camden team, nobody in the track and field world cares about an irrelevant body such as the NFHS. Every single track statistician abides by Track and Field News rules, which state that any mark made in a meet that’s a continuation of the high school season counts for that school year. If we deleted every mark recorded at Nationals, indoor Easterns (most years), etc., we’d have to re-write the entire South Jersey, state and national record book. These are high school marks made in high school competitions. There isn’t a single track statistician in the U.S. that doesn’t count those marks.

      Thanks, Roob

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