Ken Medlin ran 9:13 50 YEARS AGO and held the South Jersey 3,200 record for 40 YEARS! Here’s the all-time S.J. indoor top-50!!!!!

On Feb. 28, 1970, Haddon Township senior Ken Medlin ran the race of his life at the Jersey City Armory and one of the greatest races ever by a South Jersey distance runner.

Some 50 years ago, Medlin won the Meet of Champions two-mile in 9:13.6, outracing long-time South Jersey rival Mike Butynes of Sterling, who was second in 9:14.9.

Bill Mahon of Bergen Catholic [9:15.7] and Richie Gordon of Morristown [9:17.1] finished third and fourth. Medlin, Butynes, Mahon and Gordon posted the No. 3, 4, 6 and 7 times in state history at the time.

Mike Keogh of Essex Catholic, who would go on to run a state-record 8:54.0 that spring, was hurt and didn’t race, but Medlin broke his meet record of 9:21.9 set a year earlier.

Medlin broke his own South Jersey record of 9:26.4 set in that same race.

Medlin’s two-mile time of 9:13.6 converts to 9:10.4 for 3,200 meters, and that stood as a South Jersey record for 40 years!

It wasn’t challenged until Jon Vitez of Haddonfield ran 8:58.81 to win the 2010 Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center.

Today, half a CENTURY after Medlin and Butynes ran 1-2 in the Meet of Champions, their times still rank No. 4 and 5 in South Jersey history. And they were No. 2 and 3 until this past winter season, when Austin Gabay of Cinnaminson and Oliver Adler of Cherry Hill East ran 9:00.27 and 9:08.42 at the Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze.

That’s truly remarkable.

Here’s what I came up with for an all-time South Jersey 3,200 top-50, with two-miles converted at the usual accepted ratio and indicated by an italic y. Corrections and additions? Shoot ’em over in the comment’s section!

8:58.81 ….. Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
9:00.27 … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
9:08.42 … Oliver Adler [Cherry Hill East], 2020
9:10.4y ….. Ken Medlin, Haddon Township, 1970
9:11.1y ..… Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1970
9:11.2y ..… Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1974
9:11.86y … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
9:11.9y ….. Johnny Englehardt [Willingboro], 1976
9:12.20 … Ethan Wechsler [Cherokee], 2020
9:13.33 ….. Michael Rankin [Paul VI], 2010
9:13.93 ….. Paul Szulewski [Williamstown], 2011
9:14.31 ….. Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013
9:14.70 … Martin Riddell [Haddonfield], 2020
9:15.8y ….. Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978
9:15.76 … Kevin Pumphrey [Highland], 1986
9:16.09 ….. Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
9:16.7y … Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
9:17.52 ….. Lou Corgliano [Hammonton], 2013
9:17.55 ….. Greg Hughes [Mainland Reg.], 2004
9:17.71 ….. Dave Forward [Shawnee], 2009
9:18.59 … Kevin Antczak [Mainland Reg.], 2019
9:20.33 … Robert Rawls [Triton], 2011
9:21.51 … Salman Khalid [Absegami], 2013
9:22.0y … Willie Marino [Williamstown], 1976
9:22.1y … Marty Ludwikowski [Cherry Hill East], 1975
9:22.4y … Paul Friedman [Moorestown], 1976
9:22.60 … Brian Goldberg [Haddonfield], 2004
9:23.34 … Anthony Dentino [Washington Twp.], 2011
9:23.0y … Joe Siedlecki [Williamstown], 1973
9:23.34 … Steve Maine [Highland Reg.], 2013
9:23.4y … Albert Donawa [Camden], 1990
9:24.19 … Mike Myers [Eastern], 2001
9:24.21 … Owen Long [Haddon Twp.], 2016
9:24.71 … Nick Costello [Delsea], 2012
9:24.83 … Keith Krieger [Cherokee], 2003
9:25.83 … Connor Herr [Shawnee], 2012
9:25.86 … Dan Deichert [Eastern], 2002
9:26.02 … Stone Caraccio [Kingsway], 2020
9:26.06 … Joe Halin [Cherokee], 1999
9:26.43 … Dan Gough [Haddonfield], 1987
9:26.95 … Peter Murray [Shawnee], 2011
9:27.16 … Sebastien Reed [Pitman], 2020
9:27.59 … Joshua Chazin [Eastern], 2016
9:28.51 … Matt Mitchell [Haddon Heights], 2006
9:28.81 … Chase Miller [Cherokee], 2020
9:28.87 … Steve Burkholder [Cherokee], 2010
9:28.99 … Chris Platt [Haddonfield], 2002
9:29.04 … Matt Coffey [Camden Catholic], 2019
9:29.17 … Phil Magee [Atlantic City], 1994
9:29.1y … Urie Ridgeway [Bridgeton], 1989

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