Recalling the greatness of Don Morgan and the complete all-time S.J. indoor boys mile list (kind of)

World record holder Bill “Peanut” Gaines wasn’t the only superstar runner at Clearview in the mid-1960s.

Clearview had a distance runner named Dan Morgan, who in 1966 set the South Jersey mile record of 4:23.3.

Some 54 years later, that mark is still No. 54 on the all-time South Jersey list, as you can see below.

Morgan’s 4:23.3 stood as the South Jersey record until Larry Rush of Overbrook ran 4:22.3 at the 1969 Meet of Champions in Jersey City.

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Here’s what I haven’t been able to figure out: Where exactly did Morgan run 4:23.3?

My best guess is Easterns, which in 1966 was held at the 168th Street Armory for the first time. Marty Liquori won the race that year in 4:18.7. And we know Clearview was at Easterns that February because Gaines won the 60-yard dash in 6.4.

But results beyond the winners apparently don’t exist anywhere and although I found some stories about the meet in a couple New York papers they didn’t run full results.

So that’s our mystery for today. When exactly did Dan Morgan run 4:23.3?

Here’s the evolution of the S.J. indoor mile record, using the standard converions:

4:23.3 … Dan Morgan [Clearview], 1966
4:22.3 … Larry Rush [Overbrook], 1969
4:16.0 … Greg Stremmel [Gateway], 1974
4:14.1 … Marty Ludwikowski [Cherry Hill West], 1975
4:13.68 … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
4:11.03 … Brett Johnson [Ocean City], 2009
4:09.96 … Miles Schoedler [Ocean city], 2011

One thing to keep in mind with the all-time South Jersey indoor 1,600 top-50 is that meets have been alternating between the 1,600 and mile for 40 years. Unlike events like the 440 and 880 that were retired as soon as the metric distances came into use in 1980, it’s not always easy to tell what race was run. So some of these converted mile times may have been 1,600s, and some of these 1,600s could be miles.

I thought about listing converting all the 1,600s to miles, since the mile distance has so much meaning. But converting up – converting a shorter distance to a longer distance – raises all kinds of convoluted statistical issues. You’re crediting runners for a distance they didn’t even run. So I converted all the miels down to 1,600s.

If you see an error, let me know in the comment section and I’ll research it and fix it. Thanks!

All-time South Jersey Indoor Boys 1,600-Meter Top 50

4:09.96y … Miles Schoedler [Ocean City], 2011
4:11.03y … Brett Johnson [Ocean City], 2009
4:11.89y … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2015
4:11.93y … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield], 2016
4:13.68y … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
4:13.87y … Stone Caraccio [Kingsway], 2020
4:14.1y … Marty Ludwikowski [C.H. West], 1975
4:15.2y … Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
4:15.52 … Bill Dolan [Clearview], 2014
4:16.0y … Greg Stremmel [Gateway], 1974
4:16.02 … Erik Johnson [Ocean City], 2012
4:16.3y … Rich Caton [Woodbury], 1979
4:16.61y … Jon Anderson [Cinnaminson], 2004
4:16.71y … Dave Forward [Shawnee], 2009
4:16.85 … Ben Potts [Haddonfield], 2011
4:16.9y … Bob Marino [Williamstown], 1974
4:17.1y … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978
4:17.33y … Carmen Cavella [Washington Twp.], 2004
4:17.51y … Connor Melko [Bishop Eustace], 2019
4:17.67 … Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 2018
4:17.67y … Sebastien Reed [Pitman], 2020
4:18.21y … Xavier Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2009
4:18.22 … Jacob Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
4:18.48 … Justin Kelly [Cherokee], 2018
4:18.50 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee], 2013
4:18.53y … Chris Platt [Haddonfield], 2001
4:18.4y … Al Harden [Millville], 1979
4:18.4h … Mike Myers [Eastern], 2001
4:18.70y … Ethan Wechsler [Cherokee], 2019
4:18.80y … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
4:18.83 … Tyler Jackson [Cherokee], 2020
4:19.03 … Noah Culbreath [Kingsway, 2014
4:19.40 … Justin Branco [Delsea], 2015
4:19.7y … Chris Hageman [Paul VI], 1985
4:19.96 … Robert Rawls [Triton], 2011
4:19.97 … Steve Burkholder [Cherokee], 2010
4:20.08y … Jim Wyner [Mainland Reg.], 2004
4:20.37 … Jon Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
4:20.43 … Owen Ritti [Ocean City], 2020
4:20.46 … Dale Johnson [West Deptford], 2014
4:20.51 … Ryan Birchmeier [Ocean City], 2008
4:20.54y … Brian Tetreault [Cinnaminson], 2007
4:20.55 … Nick Pschunder [Eastern], 2016
4:20.58 … John Richardson [Ocean City], 2002
4:20.65 … Colin Baker [Haddonfield], 2009
4:20.78 … Matt Nussbaum [Haddonfield], 2011
4:20.8y … Larry Rush [Overbrook], 1969
4:21.00 … Colin Kane [Delsea], 2019
4:21.09 … Lou Corgliano [Hammonton], 2014
4:21.1h … Eric Lorenz [Holy Cross], 1988
4:21.54 … Mark Miller [Shawnee], 2017
4:21.70 … Isaiah Curbelo [Rancocas Valley], 2016
4:21.75y … Oliver Adler [Cherry Hill East], 2020
4:21.80y … Yarayah Hawkins [Highland], 2019
4:21.91 … Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 2020
4:21.8y … Don Morgan [Clearview], 1966
4:22.0y … Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1974
4:22.11 … Pat Stevenson [Bishop Eustace], 2001
4:22.11 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield], 2019
4:22.17 … Brady Deckert [Delsea], 2011
4:22.19y … Rob Novak [Bordentown], 2005
4:22.24 … Kevin Lauer [Lenape], 2018
4:22.33y … Andy Arnold [Bishop Eustace], 2009
4:22.53 … Skip Stiles [Haddonfield], 2002
4:22.62 … Ishmael Muhammad [Oakcrest], 2014
4:22.79 … Steve Maine [Highland], 2014

4 thoughts on “Recalling the greatness of Don Morgan and the complete all-time S.J. indoor boys mile list (kind of)

  1. Robert Buzby June 29, 2020 / 9:35 am

    Didn’t Luke Petela run for Haddon Township?

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  2. Bill Moreland July 1, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    John Richardson ran 4:22.10 at the Dartmouth Relays for the mile in 2002

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    • sjtcaweb July 2, 2020 / 9:35 am

      Got it. Moved him up on the list. Thanks.

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