Willingboro girls held super sprint medley record for 15 years before R.V. finally broke it!!! And here’s the all-time top-50!!!

The super sprint medley was still in its infancy in 2003, when the Willingboro girls ran 1:44.06 at nationals with the team of Halimah Bashir, Kim Allen, Rhea Mann and Okechi Ogbuokiri.

The event was new, but the record lasted 15 years!

A little history:

The super sprint medley – two 100s, a 200 and a 400 – had been contested in Florida and California since the 1980s but didn’t go national until 2002.

That’s when it was first contested at nationals in Greensboro and added to a few South Jersey meets as well.

Woodrow Wilson set the initial South Jersey record in the spring of 2002, capped by a 1:46.46 with a fifth place at nationals in Raleigh with the team of Jamillah Nock, Latoya Carmichael, Latoya Benson and Taneesha Pittman, also at nationals.

Willingboro claimed the state and South Jersey record of 1:44.06 at outdoor nationals a year later, finishing second to William Penn of Philadelphia, which ran 1:40.95.

That stood as the state record until 2009, when Columbia ran 1:43.33 to win outdoor nationals. It remains No. 5 in state history.

And it held up as the South Jersey record until two years ago, when the Rancocas Valley girls placed second at nationals in Raleigh with a 1:43.19, finishing behind only Nansemond River High of Suffolk, Va., which ran 1:42.53. 

R.V.’s Kristina Tossas and Breacain and McClenahan ran the 100 and Darynn Minus-Vincent the 200, setting up Aliyah Taylor, who anchored in 53.5, fastest anchor in the field, and moved the Red Devils up from fifth in the final to second.

That time is No. 2 in state history.

Here’s our story from two years ago on R.V.’s historic race at nationals: https://sjtrackblog.com/2018/06/17/rancocas-valley-girls-take-2nd-in-super-sprint-medley-at-nationals-and-shatter-south-jersey-record/

And here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey top-50, with six schools – Winslow, Rancocas Valley, Lenape, Camden, Willingboro and Woodrow Wilson – accounting for 30 of the top 50 times. And as a bonus, I added an all-time New Jersey top-10 below it!

As always, send errors and additions to me in the comment’s section!

All-Time South Jersey Girls Super Sprint Medley Top-50

1:43.19 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
1:44.06 … Willingboro, 2003
1:44.31 … Camden, 2006
1:45.07 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:45.17 … Winslow Twp., 2019
1:45.56 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
1:45.61 … Camden, 2005
1:45.78 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:45.78 … Winslow Twp., 2018
1:46.43 … Winslow Twp., 2017
1:46.97 … Woodrow Wilson, 2007
1:46.99 … Winslow Twp., 2019
1:47.07 … Pennsauken, 2014
1:47.21 … Willingboro, 2009
1:47.29 … Lenape, 2015
1:47.33 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
1:47.55 … Cherokee, 2012
1:47.66 … Willingboro, 2008
1:48.18 … Willingboro, 2007
1:48.34 … Camden, 2009
1:48.37 … Winslow Twp., 2013
1:48.60 … Oakcrest, 2009
1:48.74 … Lenape, 2010
1:48.76 … Camden, 2008
1:48.79 … Woodrow Wilson, 2008
1:48.79 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
1:48.92 … Pennsauken, 2015
1:49.03 … Mainland Regional, 2018
1:49.04 … Haddonfield, 2007
1:49.57 … Paul VI, 2017
1:49.62 … Lenape, 2011
1:49.74 … Oakcrest, 2008
1:49.78 … Lenape, 2014
1:49.79 … Rancocas Valley, 2007
1:49.79 … Eastern, 2012
1:49.99 … Timber Creek, 2010
1:50.04 … Cherokee, 2007
1:50.09 … Lenape, 2008
1:50.30 … Pennsauken, 2019
1:50.50 … Paul VI, 2016
1:50.52 … Cherokee, 2016
1:50.59 … Clearview, 2016
1:50.60 … Winslow Twp., 2012
1:50.81 … Millvile, 2009
1:50.95 … Woodrow Wilson, 2008
1:51.04 … Bridgeton, 2010
1:51.09 … Rancocas Valley, 2009
1:51.26 … Paul VI, 2019
1:51.31 … Woodbury, 2010

All-Time New Jersey Girls Super Sprint Medley Top-10

1:41.98 … Columbia, 2010
1:43.19 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
1:43.33 … Columbia, 2009
1:43.76 … Union Catholic, 2016
1:44.06 … Willingboro, 2003
1:44.31 … Camden, 2006
1:44.78 … Summit, 2017
1:45.07 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:45.17 … Winslow Twp., 2019
1:45.19 … Paul John XXIII, 2012

The amazing Lenape, Haddonfield and Ocean City programs and the all-time girls outdoor S.J. distance medley top-50!!!!!

We’ve really experienced the glory days of the girls distance medley since the turn of the century, with Lenape, Ocean City and Haddonfield combining for 17 of the top 24 times in South Jersey history since 2000.

Unlike most events, you won’t see any marks from the 1980s on the all-time girls outdoor DMR top-40.

Until Ocean City’s 12:06.73 for sixth place at the 1994 Penn Relays with the team of Shelly Solheim [3:46.48], Kellie Adams [1:00.53], Janine Minehan [2:22.48] and Megan Hartman [4:57.24], the South Jersey record was 12:27.9, set in 1982 by Paul VI’s Dawn Hillman, Sue O’Toole, Lois Lucente, Dawn Cody and matched by the Shawnee team of Sue Thompson, Kris Tate, Michelle DiMuro and Deanna Germano at the 1984 Woodbury Relays.

(One note about Paul VI’s 12:27.9 …  I can’t for the life of me find out where they ran that, and all my usual research methods have come up empty! It wasn’t at Penn [which didn’t have a girls DMR yet], it wasn’t at Woodbury, it wasn’t at the Jersey Relays … what other meets even had a girls DMR that year? Help me out, someone!]

Ocean City’s 12:06.73 stood as the South Jersey record until 2000, when Haddonfield ran 12:02.34. Ocean City reclaimed the record with its 12:00.64 in 2004.

That stood for eight years, until Lenape – with the team of Camille Franklin, Ana de las Heras, Emily McGee and Natalia Ocasio – became the first and so far only South Jersey school to crack the 12-minute barrier with a remarkable 11:53.15 at New Balance Nationals in Greensboro in 2012.

(By the way … before 1982, the South Jersey record was 12:57.5 by Holy Cross at the Holmdel Relays in 1980!)

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The same weekend, as you can see in the New Brunswick Home News, Lenape also ran 9:05.62 at nationals, which also remains the South Jersey record and which we wrote about yesterday.

Since 2012, nobody has come within nine seconds of Lenape’s S.J. record!

All-Time Outdoor Girls S.J. DMR Top-50

11:53.15 … Lenape, 2012
12:00.64 … Ocean City, 2004
12:02.34 … Haddonfield 2000
12:02.37 … Haddonfield, 2014
12:04.39 … Lenape, 2010
12:05.39 … Ocean City 2005
12:05.98 … Sterling, 2017
12:06.73 … Ocean City 1994
12:07.21 … Lenape 2008
12:08.61 … Ocean City, 2014
12:10.75 … Sterling, 2016
12:10.76 … Lenape, 2017
12:12.24 … Millville, 2009
12:13.16 … Bishop Eustace, 2011
12:14.05 … Cherry Hill East, 2007
12:14.24 … Highland, 2004
12:14.61 … Lenape, 2013
12:15.42 … Ocean City, 2015
12:16.79 … Lenape, 2015
12:18.27 … Bishop Eustace, 1995
12:18.29 … Shawnee, 2012
12:19.26 … Woodrow Wilson, 2001
12:19.41 … Rancocas Valley, 2011
12:19.46 … Ocean City, 2013
12:19.60 … Shawnee, 2015
12:19.79 … Haddonfield, 2015
12:21.22 … Haddonfield, 2017
12:21.45 … Haddonfield, 1998
12:21.87 … Cherokee, 2012
12:22.01 … Moorestown, 2002
12:22.29 … Moorestown, 2007
12:22.94 … Shawnee, 1997
12:23.26 … Haddonfield, 1999
12:23.33 … Delsea, 2011
12:23.5h … Millville, 2008
12:24.26 … Lenape, 2007
12:24.64 … Woodrow Wilson, 2000
12:25.21 … Cherokee, 2000
12:26.31 … Shawnee, 2017
12:26.93 … Delsea, 2009
12:27.03 … Shawnee, 2014
12:27.14 … Woodrow Wilson, 2002
12:27.21 … Lenape, 2011
12:27.96 … Cherokee, 2010
12:27.9h … Paul VI, 1982
12:26.9h … Shawnee, 1984
12:28.7h … Paul VI, 1983
12:29.03 … Bishop Eustace, 1996
12:29.72 … Washington Twp., 2012
12:29.9h … Haddonfield, 2008

Lenape’s record-setting 9:05.62 4×8 was only part of a remarkable weekend in 2012!!!!! And here’s the all-time top-50 list!!!

A truly astonishing weekend at nationals for Lenape in 2012 with two South Jersey records that still stand today!

We’ll get to the DMR in the next day or two (and Lenape earned all-America status in four events that weekend!), but today the focus is on the 4-by-800, with Lenape and Haddonfield taking 12 of the top 16 spots

Eight years ago, Lenape – with the team of Camille Franklin, Emily McGee, Amanda Restivo and Natalia Ocasio – placed fourth at nationals in Greensboro in the 4-by-8 with a time of 9:05.62.

That broke Lenape’s own South Jersey mark of 9:05.83 set four years earlier with Moira Cunningham, Miya Johnson, Brianna Beddall and Caitlin Orr at the Lenox Fast Times Relays at Warwick Valley High in Warwick, N.Y.

Those two marks, set by the same school four years apart with completely different lineups, are still No. 1 and 2 in South Jersey history!

Incredibly, five schools are responsible for the 16-fastest times in South Jersey history: Haddonfield [7], Lenape [5], Seneca [2], Ocean City [1] and Kingsway [1].

All-time S.J. girls outdoor 3,200-Meter Relay Top-50

9:05.62 … Lenape, 2012
9:05.83 … Lenape, 2008
9:06.30 … Haddonfield, 2008
9:10.32 … Haddonfield, 2000
9:12.30 … Haddonfield, 2019
9:15.61 … Ocean City, 2014
9:15.19 … Lenape, 2007
9:15.92 … Haddonfield, 2015
9:16.57 … Seneca, 2017
9:16.79 … Haddonfield, 1999
9:18.22 … Kingsway, 2016
9:18.37 … Haddonfield, 2019
9:18.57 … Seneca, 2018
9:18.71 … Lenape, 2011
9:18.93 … Haddonfield, 2018
9:18.94 … Lenape, 2006
9:19.15 … Wilson, 2002
9:19.68 … Kingsway, 2017
9:20.39 … Sterling, 2017
9:20.39 … Haddonfield, 2014
9:20.39 … Sterling, 2017
9:20.55 … Seneca, 2008
9:21.7h … Ocean City, 1994
9:22.37 … Egg Harbor Township, 2013
9:22.83 … Haddonfield, 2016
9:23.00 … Lenape, 2007
9:23.06 … Ocean City, 2004
9:23.29 … Ocean City, 1995
9:23.53 … Seneca, 2016
9:23.67 … Shawnee, 2014
9:23.84 … Ocean City, 2015
9:24.44 … Shawnee, 2017
9:25.83 … Lenape, 2010
9:26.32 … Woodrow Wilson, 2001
9:26.77 … Cherokee, 2011
9:27.09 … Washington Twp., 2012
9:27.78 … Sterling, 2016
9:28.5h … Holy Cross, 1981
9:28.91 … Willingboro, 1997
9:28.94 … Shawnee, 2016
9:29.05 … Kingsway, 2019
9:29.13 … Highland, 2005
9:29.65 … Lenape, 2005
9:30.28 … Woodrow Wilson, 1999
9:30.51 … Millville, 2013
9:30.72 … Lenape, 2015
9:30.93 … Seneca, 2013
9:30.95 … Millville, 2012
9:31.28 … Millville, 2014
9:31.31 … Delsea, 2011

With Greensboro unavailable, 2020 National Outdoor Championships – if held – will be in South Dakota

The 2020 National Scholastic Championships – until recently the New Balance Outdoor Championships – are tentatively scheduled for late July and early August, but if they are held it won’t be in Greensboro.

The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation announced Thursday that if the meet is held on its new date – the weekend of July 30-Aug. 2 – it will be in South Dakota.

The meet has been held at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro on the campus of North Carolina A&T& University since moving across North Carolina from Raleigh after the 2005 meet.

But North Carolina AT&T’s campus is closed through the end of August at the earliest because of COVID-19 concerns so the stadium is unavailable. 

Meet officials said Thursday a decision on whether to hold the meet will be made by June 15, which is a week from Monday.

If it is held, it will be at 10,000-seat Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, which is currently expected to be available under local and state guidelines.

Obviously, the move 1,300 miles northwest from Greensboro to Sioux Falls would eliminate most if not all of the South Jersey entries that were still considering competing if the meet is held.

The NSAF doesn’t currently have a sponsor for outdoor nationals. The meet in the past has been sponsored by Nike, Foot Locker, American Airlines, adidas and until recently New Balance.   

Willingboro track standout organized inspiring march and rally to protest the killing of George Floyd!!!

Willingboro senior Tamia Welch, a sectional champ in two events and a state relay champ, has had a busy spring. 

Even without track.

Although COVID-19 wiped out the spring track season in New Jersey, Welch was very busy and very productive this past weekend with something far more important.

Welch-Smith organized a peaceful march through Willingboro Tuesday that drew over 1,000 men, women and children to protest the killing last week of George Floyd while unarmed and in policy custody in Minneapolis.

What a amazing job by Tamia organizing the march and the rally!

Great story in the Burlington County Times about the event: https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20200602/watch-peaceful-protestors-call-for-change-in-willingboro

Smith was a sectional champ this past winter, winning the Central Jersey Group 1 400-meter dash with an indoor PR of 1:00.33 before placing second at states at 1:00.79. Welch-Smith also placed second in the 55-meter high hurdles in 8.78 before taking third at states in a PR 8.74. She was also a 5-2 high jumper. She also ran on Willingboro’s first-place 1,600-meter relay team. The Willingboro girls won team titles at both indoor sectionals and states.

At the state relays, she was on Willingboro’s winning shuttle hurdles and 1,600-meter relay teams, and Willingboro won the team title.

Last spring, Welch won the CJ-1 sectional title in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at 1:05.39 as the Chimeras won the team title, and she also placed third at states. She also medaled in the 400 at both sectionals and states. 

Welch will attend St. Peter’s University in Newark and compete for the Peacocks.