When the 2000 Lenape 4×200 team broke the indoor state record twice in an hour! And the all-time S.J. top-50 list!!!

They broke the state record. Then an hour later they did it again.

At one remarkable meet, the 2000 Lenape boys – Herb Reid, Ian Moore, Luis Tomlinson and Mohamad Kanu – broke the state record in the 800-meter relay twice by a total of more than a second.

It was at Easterns at the Armory, and when the night began the South Jersey 4-by-200 record was Camden’s 1:29.57 from 1997 and the state record was 1:29.38 from 1989.

First, Lenape ran 1:29.05 in the second of six semifinals. Camden ran 1:30.55 in the first heat, and Gratz was just behind Lenape in their semifinal with a 1:29.17.

That set up a wild final, with Lenape running 1:28.46 and beating Gratz by a second. Camden had stick problems, was never in the race and finished well back.

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Kanu had already won the 400 in a state-record 48.36, so he was part of three state-record teams in one night

Note the reference to Wilson’s Rashad Baker winning the hurdles. It was Baker whose interception of Jeff Garcia eight years later clinched the Raiders’ upset win over the Buccaneers on the last day of the 2008 season, which gave the Eagles a chance to make the playoffs with a win over the Cowboys.  

As you can see from these results from the Bergen Record, that was an incredible night for South Jersey:

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Lenape’s 1:28.46 broke the meet record of 1:29.4 (converted from yards) set in 1974 by DeWitt Clinton.

In a high school 4-by-200 held in conjunction with 2002 U.S. nationals at the Armory, Camden broke Lenape’s South Jersey and state record when Maurice Young, Michael Levinson, Sherron Bullock and Jade Smith ran 1:28.45. 

Two years later, Camden and Vineland both went under the state record at the Coca Cola National Track and Field Hall of Fame Classic at the Armory.

Camden won in 1:27.35 with Dwayne Lewis, Bullock, Carl Smith and Alonzo Brown and Vineland second in 1:27.60 with Jamar Byrd, Darren Ford, Bryce Bartley and Marcus Lee. Winslow was third in 1:30.41.

Three days later at Easterns, Camden lowered the record to the current 1:26.90 with the same lineup (although the results show Brown running third and Smith anchoring). Vineland was second but ran 1:28.18 – slower than at Coca Cola.

To this day, the 2004 Camden and Vineland teams rank No. 1 and No. 3 in state history. Union Catholic dipped in between them with its winning 1:27.04 at New Balance Nationals at the Armory in 2014.

That stretch from 2000 through 2007 produced all seven sub-1:29 indoor times in South Jersey history.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey 800-meter relay progression, with 4-by-220 times converted:

1:33.7y … Camden, 1975
1:33.0y … Overbrook, 1976
1:32.6y … Kennedy, 1978
1:31.8y … Willingboro, 1982
1:30.7y … Willingboro, 1988
1:30.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 1993
1:29.57 … Camden, 1997
1:28.46 … Lenape, 2000
1:26.90 … Camden, 2004

 

All-Time South Jersey Boys Indoor 4-by-200 Top-50

1:26.90 … Camden, 2004
1:27.60 … Vineland, 2004
1:28.0h … Edgewood, 2001
1:28.45 … Camden, 2002
1:28.46 … Lenape, 2000
1:28.48 … Camden, 2007
1:28.91 … Camden, 2000
1:29.06 … Oakcrest, 2012
1:29.17 … Camden, 2001
1:29.29 … Rancocas Valley, 2017

1:29.52 … Vineland, 2003
1:29.57 … Camden, 1997
1:29.61 … Camden, 1999
1:29.72 … Timber Creek, 2013
1:29.74 … Pennsauken, 2016
1:29.87 … Timber Creek, 2016
1:29.92 … Deptford, 2017
1:29.92 … Deptford, 2018
1:29.97 … Pleasantville, 2008
1:30.06 … Buena, 2001

1:30.08 … Camden, 2006
1:30.09 … Camden, 2018
1:30.12 … Delsea, 2007
1:30.16 … Camden, 2005
1:30.20 … Edgewood, 2000
1:30.36 … Winslow Twp., 2003
1:30.38 … Winslow Twp., 2008
1:30.40 … Delsea, 2009
1:30.42 … Vineland, 2002
1:30.47 … Vineland, 2005

1:30.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 1993
1:30.51 … Woodrow Wilson, 1996
1:30.60 … Delsea, 2008
1:30.62 … Winslow Twp., 2005
1:30.63 … Eastern, 2002
1:30.63 … Willingboro, 2007
1:30.71 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:30.7y … Willingboro, 1988
1:30.87 … Woodrow Wilson, 1995
1:30.89 … Vineland, 2001

1:30.97 … Vineland, 2008
1:31.07 … Willingboro, 1995
1:31.19 … Vineland, 2007
1:31.29 … Willingboro, 2005
1:31.36 … Willingboro, 2006
1:31.44 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:31.4 … Lenape, 1998
1:31.75 … Winslow Twp., 2006
1:31.76 … West Deptford, 2006
1:31.7y … Willingboro, 1990

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