The legend of Tony Uzdavines and the complete S.J. all-time indoor boys 800 top-50!!!

For 22 years, Williamstown’s Tony Uzdavines held the South Jersey 800 mark, and today – 44 years after he ran 1:56.0 for 880 yards as a junior at the 1976 Meet of Champions – he’s still got an all-time South Jersey top-20 mark!

Uzdavines’s 1:56.0 converts to 1:55.3 for 800 meters. Put him on the banked Armory speedway instead of the slow, flat Jersey City Armory floor, and that 1:55.3 would look more like a 1:53.3.

Uzdavines actually broke the S.J. indoor record twice in 1976, his junior year, and tied it once in the winter of 1976.

First, he ran 1:58.3 at the South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet at Widener’s Schwartz Center in Chester, Pa. (doubling back after a 52.5 quarter), which tied the S.J. record that was set in 1953 by Merrill Pratt of Palmyra at the Spiked Shoe Meet in Philadelphia and matched in 1969 by Wayne Jenkins of Deptford at the Meet of Champions at the Jersey City Armory in 1969 (after writing this I researched the Spiked Shoe Meet and learned it was actually held during the indoor season but outdoors at Franklin Field, so Jenkins really held the S.J. 880 record outright!).

At the state Group 2 meet, Uzdavines took sole possession of the S.J. record, winning the state title by 12 meters in 1:58.0 over Gary D’Alzonzo of West Orange, who was second in 2:00.2.

Then he demolished his own record with his 1:56.0 for the full 880 at the Meet of Champions. Uzdavines came back and won the M-of-C 880 the next year as well, this time in 1:56.6.

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That stood as the South Jersey record all the way until 1998, when Joe Lewis of Pleasantville ran 1:55.16, and it stood as the Gloucester County mark for 35 years – when Steve Butenewicz of Delsea ran 1:55.00 in 2011. Willingboro’s Marvin Lewis lowered the S.J. mark to 1:54.80 in 2001, Alan Laws took it down to 1:53.51 in 2007 and then it stayed there until the 2013 heroics of the Clark twins and Kingsway’s Derrell Manhertz.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey boys indoor 800 top-50! Please send corrections and additions to me in the comment’s section!

All-Time South Jersey boys indoor 800 top-50

1:51.52 … Jacob Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
1:51.72 … Isaac Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
1:51.80 … Derrell Manhertz [Kingsway], 2013
1:52.46 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2020
1:53.51 … Alan Laws [Pleasantville], 2007
1:53.68 … Ishmael Muhammad [Oakcrest], 2013
1:54.53 … Stone Caraccio [Kingsway], 2020
1:54.80 … Marvin Lewis [Willingboro], 2001
1:54.81 … Bill Dolan [Clearview], 2013
1:54.82 … Xavier Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2009
1:55.00 … Steve Butenewicz [Delsea], 2011
1:55.14 … Shannon Sherrer [Vineland], 2002
1:55.14 … Zach McBride [Lenape], 2002
1:55.16 … Joe Lewis [Pleasantville], 1998
1:55.16 … Tivo Rivera [Kingsway], 2009
1:55.19 … Isaiah Curbelo [Rancocas Valley], 2016
1:55.19 … Jayden Greene [Washington Twp.], 2020
1:55.42 … Kevin Cianfarino [West Deptford], 2014
1:55.3h … Tony Uzdavines [Williamstown], 1976
1:55.77 … Carmen Cavella [Washington Twp.], 2004
1:55.84 … Matt Poskus [Cinnaminson], 2007
1:55.93 … Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 2017
1:56.02 … Dave Sitzer [Cherokee], 1999
1:56.07 … Stephen Marrone [Washington Twp.], 2010
1:56.13 … Joe Lewis [Pleasantville], 1998
1:56.2h … Roger Lawyer [Willingboro], 1988
1:56.37 … Ian Waterhouse [Rancocas Valley], 2004
1:56.43 … Holland Sherrer [Cumberland Reg.], 2011
1:56.43 … Eric Barnes [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
1:56.46 … Jalen Jones [Burlington Twp.], 2017
1:56.49 … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield], 2016
1:56.50 … Brian Laskowski [Bishop Eustace], 2008
1:56.52 … Rob Novak [Bordentown], 2005
1:56.4h … Chris Platt [Haddonfield], 2005
1:56.60 … Andrew Rivielo [Eastern], 2003
1:56.69 … Sean Watson [Willingboro], 1995
1:56.71 … Wayne Riley [Willingboro], 1997
1:56.73 … Dan Galeano [Absegami], 2010
1:56.75 … Bryce Tucker [Pennsauken], 2020
1:56.77 … Larry Ramirez [Pleasantville], 2010
1:56.93 … Mark Weems [Washington Twp.], 1999
1:57.18 … Alan Laws Jr. [Pleasantville], 2007
1:57.34 … Ford Palmer [Absegami], 2008
1:57.41 … Ahmad Rutherford [Willingboro], 2003
1:57.50 … Yarayah Hawkins [Highland], 2019
1:57.51 … Ross Stoudt [Cherokee], 2012
1:57.59 … Miles Schoedler [Ocean City], 2011
1:57.60 … Tom Long [Cinnaminson], 2016
1:57.63 … Alex Best [Pleasantville], 2007
1:57.64 … Michael Twist [Eastern], 2013
1:57.66 … Aidin Hendriks [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
1:57.81 … Drew Viscidy [Cherokee], 2012
1:57.82 … Tyler Somers [Cherokee], 2011
1:57.90 … Noah Culbreath [Kingsway], 2014

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