The epic Lenape-Camden 4×4 showdown in 2000 that produced two of the top times in state history!!!!! And the all-time top-50 list!!!!!

You knew it was going to be fast.

They had both already run sub-3:20 racing each other in January at the Hispanic Games at the Armory – 3:18.91 for Lenape and 3:19.49 for Camden. Those times were already No. 1 and No. 3 in state history.

Then they went 1-2 at the Meet of Champions, 3:24.5 for Lenape and 3:25.4 for Camden on the slow, flat track at Jadwin Gym.

Then they both ran hot in the 4-by-2 at Easterns, Lenape winning with a state-record 1:28.46 and Camden clocking 1:30.55 in the trials.

They met for the final time at the National Scholastic Championships at the Armory, with Herb Reid, Luis Tomlinson, Ian Moore and Mohamad Kanu racing for Lenape and Maurice Young, William Davis, James Williams and Jade Smith for Camden.

Not surprisingly, they finished 1-2 in the country, Lenape in 3:16.40 and Camden just behind in 3:17.26.

Coming into the season, the South Jersey record was 3:20.11 set in 1997 by Camden’s Corey Alston, Floyd Ingalls, Albert Newkirk and Sean Brown at nationals in Boston and the state record was 3:19.01 set by Metuchen in 1997 in the same race.

Lenape lowered the South Jersey record by nearly FOUR SECONDS and shaved more than 2 1/2 seconds off the state record. And Camden ran nearly two seconds faster than the previous state record.

To this day – two decades later – those two times are No. 2 and 4 in South Jersey history and No. 4 and 7 in state history.

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Lenape coach Fred Rucker with Mohamad Kanu, Ian Moore, Luis Tomlinson and Herb Reid after winning the 4-by-4 at nationals. Photo appeared on DyeStat in 2000.

Incredibly, no South Jersey school has run under 3:18 in 17 years and only Egg Harbor – with a 3:18.45 at nationals in 2017 – has run under 3:20 since 2004.

But 20 years ago, in one race, Lenape and Camden put on a show that will never be forgotten.

All-Time South Jersey Boys Indoor 4-by-400 Top 50

3:15.78 … Camden, 2001
3:16.40 … Lenape, 2000
3:17:15 … Vineland, 2003
3:17.26 … Camden, 2000
3:18.46 … Winslow Twp, 2003
3:18.45 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017
3:18.90 … Pleasantville, 2007
3:19.34 … Camden, 2004
3:19.42 … Camden, 2002
3:20.11 … Camden, 1997
3:20.3h … Camden, 1999
3:20.53 … Oakcrest, 2012
3:20.82 … Lenape, 1999
3:20.99 … Paul VI, 2016
3:21.01 … Camden, 2007
3:21.03 … Vineland, 2004
3:21.11 … Buena, 2001
3:21.35 … Camden, 2005
3:21.49 … Pleasantville, 2008
3:21.54 … Camden, 2004
3:21.6y … Edgewood, 1985
3:21.87y … Lenape, 1998
3:21.8h … Vineland, 2002
3:22.11 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2016
3:22.16 … Winslow Twp., 2004
3:22.2y … Edgewood, 1984
3:22.40 … Willingboro, 2007
3:22.60 … Cherry Hill East, 2012
3:22.64 … Deptford, 2015
3:22.82 … Lenape, 2001
3:22.91 … Timber Creek, 2013
3:22.9h … Willingboro, 2004
3:23.09 … Winslow Twp., 2005
3:23.14y … Camden, 1996
3:23.24 … Winslow Twp., 2008
3:23.2y … Willingboro, 1982
3:23.35 … Washington Twp., 2009
3:23.38 … Timber Creek, 2009
3:23.40 … Cherokee, 2012
3:23.42 … Timber Creek, 2009
3:23.52 … Washington Twp., 2010
3:23.54 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
3:23.54 … Haddonfield, 2017
3:23.58 … Vineland, 2007
3:23.70 … Timber Creek, 2016
3:23.75 … Lenape, 2013
3:23.81 … Winslow Twp., 2009
3:23.98 … Camden, 2003
3:24.03 … Buena, 2000
3:24.07 … Paul VI, 2018

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