When Lance Reed set a South Jersey 55HH record and nobody knew! And the all-time S.J. boys 55 hurdles top-50 list!!!

Lance Reed set a South Jersey indoor high hurdles record in 1982 and nobody noticed.

This was long before the internet, long before DyeState or Milesplit, long before it was easy to get results.

At the 1982 Easterns at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym, Reed ran 7.44 in the semis of the 60-yard high hurdles to advance to the final. He didn’t run as fast in the final, and at the time that 7.44 was the fastest FAT time ever recorded by a South Jersey runner.

That was only the fourth year FAT timing was used at Easterns and it wouldn’t be used at New Jersey states or the Meet of Champions for four more years.

The accepted South Jersey record at that point was a hand-timed 7.2, shared by Jim Little of Moorestown in 1976 and Marc Dickerson of Willingboro in 1979. 

As far as I could find, the fastest previous FAT time by a South Jersey runner was a 7.73 in the trials at 1981 Easterns by Willingboro’s Rick Thompson.

But when it comes to the all-time South Jersey FAT list, Reed’s 7.44 remains No. 23 in South Jersey history and remained the fastest FAT time by a South Jersey hurdler until Penns Grove’s Jon Dickey ran 7.32 to win Easterns in 1985. 

But nobody knew until Ed Grant’s New Jersey Track newsletter arrived a few weeks later showing a 7.44 or Reed in the trials. Ed was the only person that tracked that stuff back then and it’s scary to think how much track history would be lost if he hadn’t.

Dickey held the S.J. mark until Delsea’s Sultan Tucker ran what was thought to be an untouchable 7.18 in 1996. But 23 years later, St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea ran 7.10 in the trials of nationals at the Armory (before winning in 7.16) to set a South Jersey mark that seems even more untouchable.

All-Time S.J. Boys 55-Meter Hurdles Top-50

7.10 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.31 … Anthony Vasquez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
7.39 … Isaiah Lewis [Winslow Twp.], 2020
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
7.43 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.43 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
7.44 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1983
7.45 … Kevin Hagamin [Timber Creek], 2014
7.46 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 1999
7.46 … Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2010
7.47 … Diandre Chandler [Camden], 1986
7.47 … Darius Holmes [Willingboro], 2012
7.48 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
7.48 … Tyrell Ross [Clearview], 2005
7.49 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
7.49 … Vince Rawlins [Eastern], 1991
7.49 … Chris Nichols [Willingboro], 1991
7.49 … Sam Aviles [Palmyra], 2019
7.49 … Donovan Wright [Burlington Twp.], 2020
7.50 … Darren McCluskey [Cherokee], 2011
7.52 … Don Hickson [Highland], 1990
7.52 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.52 … Matt Dahms [Haddonfield], 2002
7.53 … Matthew Marshall [Camden], 2008
7.54 … Ed Loges [Shawnee], 1992
7.54 … Chase Toliver [Oakcrest], 2013
7.55 … Mike Anderson [Edgewood], 1990
7.55 … Mikal Wright [Burlington Twp.], 2016
7.55 … Jamil Adams [Winslow Twp.], 2017
7.56 … Terry James [Willingboro], 1984
7.56 … Dwayne Robinson [Moorestown], 1989
7.56 … Sean David [Highland], 2016
7.56 … Antwan Dickerson [Pennsauken], 2016
7.57 … George Berry [Camden], 1984
7.57 … Eric Frieson [Willingboro], 1985
7.57 … Scot McCray [Camden], 1997
7.57 … Chantz Powell [Cherry Hill East], 2008
7.60 … Jason Stefanski [Penns Grove], 2016
7.60 … Daniel Dayrell [Rancocas Valley], 2020

Hand-Times
7.1 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.2 … Marc Dickerson [Willingboro], 1979
7.2 … Jim Little [Moorestown], 1976
7.2 … George Bland [Penns Grove], 1987
7.2 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1989, 1990
7.3 … Stan Moore [Overbrook], 1977
7.3 … Bill Newmuis [Penns Grove], 1982
7.3 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1982
7.3 … Don Hickson [Highland], 1990
7.3 … Rob Allen [Buena], 1993

2 thoughts on “When Lance Reed set a South Jersey 55HH record and nobody knew! And the all-time S.J. boys 55 hurdles top-50 list!!!

  1. Fred L Rucker July 4, 2020 / 11:10 am

    Wow Reuben, Andy Dudek and I didn’t know that either. Lance started out as a sprinter and then became a hurdler as well. During his Senior year, during the Winter, his SHR team,ran 29.8, at the Group IV State Relays.
    Outdoors, the SHR Relay Team, with Lance ran ran 57.9. (SJ RELAYS?). He also was on my 4×100 meter relay team, that placed 2nd at the Penn Relays, Championship of America, 41.69. He concluded his Senior season by running on my 1st place, Meet of Champions, 4×400 meter relay. Their time 3:15.0. All of these events took place during his Senior Year 1982.

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    • sjtcaweb July 4, 2020 / 12:11 pm

      Yeah, that’s the fun part of all this research, learning about athletes and performances I either didn’t know about or didn’t remember. I’m missing track a lot, Ruck! Hope you had a happy birthday.

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