The all-time S.J. boys indoor 3,200-Meter Relay top-50!!! And what school was first under 8 minutes???

Who was the first South Jersey team to break 8 minutes indoors in the 3,200-meter relay?

Depends.

How can it depend? Either you’re under 8:00 or you’re not!

Here’s how:

Going into the 1983 indoor season, the South Jersey record in the two-mile relay was 8:05.8, which Woodbury ran at the Princeton Relays at Jadwin Gym on Feb. 6, 1977.

Bill Pendleton [2:02.7], Don Bland [2:02.7], John Carter [2:02.1] set up amazing sophomore anchor Rich Caton [1:55.7] and the Thundering Herd took fourth in an incredible race at the Princeton Relays at Jadwin Gym, behind St. Joe’s of Metuchen [8:05.4], Essex Catholic [8:05.4] and Power Memorial of New York [8:05.7].

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Woodbury’s 8:05.8 stood as the South Jersey record for six years, until Willingboro – with Herb Gordon, Eric Moore, Jeff Bradford and Vance Watson – ran 8:01.2 at the Group 4 state relays, also at Jadwin, in a hot race with Plainfield [8:03.2].

(By the way … has anybody else noticed that the last three events we’ve talked about Lenape’s 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 state records in 2000 and Willingboro’s South Jersey 4-by-800 record in 1983 all had legendary coach Fred Rucker in common?)

On the list below, Willingboro’s 8:01.2 shows up as 7:58.5 after being converted to a 4-by-800. Of course Willingboro went on to win the 4-by-800 at Penn a few months later, as well as the DMR.

So they didn’t technically go under 8 minutes, but they kind of did.

The first South Jersey school to actually run under 8:00?

Well, that 8:01.2 was the South Jersey record for 17 years!

Finally, at the 2000 Easterns – what a meet that was for South Jersey! – Cherokee ran 7:51.78 with Josh Joseph, Mike Caputi, Marc Pelerin and Dave Sitzer, outrunning Phillips Exeter [7:54.44] and Central of Philly [7:55.19], Sitzer anchoring in 1:54.8.

So not only did they go under 8 minutes, they went more than EIGHT SECONDS under.

That remained the South Jersey record for nine years, when Washington Township’s Greg Krause, Tim Carey, Brian Keane and Xavier Fraction ran 7:51.45 and won the National Scholastic Championships at the Armory.

Three years later, another Cherokee quartet – – Colin Merrigan, Drew Viscidy, Ross Staudt and Shawn Wilson – lowered the S.J. mark 3 1/2 seconds to its current 7:43.64 at Nationals.

All-Time S.J. Boys Indoor 4-by-800 Top-50

7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012
7:45.55 … Pleasantville, 2013
7:47.50 … Kingsway, 2020
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017
7:51.45 … Washington Twp., 2009
7:51.78 … Cherokee, 2000
7:52.76 … Kingsway, 2020
7:52.77 … Pleasantville, 2006
7:52.95 … Willingboro, 2003
7:53.64 … Willingboro, 2002
7:54.76 … Pleasantville, 2007
7:55.40 … Washington Twp., 2008
7:55.44 … Haddonfield, 2010
7:57.28 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
7:57.29 … Oakrest, 2009
7;57.56 … Haddonfield, 2019
7:58.08 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2016
7:58.5h … Willingboro, 1983
7:59.05 … Pleasantville, 2015
7:59.51 … Pleasantville, 2012
7:59.84 … Kingsway, 2014
7:59.91 … Kingsway, 2013
8:01.32 … Kingsway, 2015
8:01.64 … Haddonfield, 2018
8:02.39 … Bridgeton, 2001
8:02.47 … Cherokee, 2011
8:02.49 … Washington Twp., 2000
8:02.62 … Mainland Reg., 2004
8:02.67 … Washington Twp., 1999
8:03.0y … Woodbury, 1977
8:03.58 … Pleasantville, 2009
8:03.11 … Kingsway, 2018
8:03.77 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
8:04.1h … Rancocas Valley, 2015
8:04.50 … Haddonfield, 2009
8:05.49 … Delsea, 2010
8:06.58 … Cherokee, 2009
8:06.7h … Haddonfield, 2015
8:06.91 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2018
8:07.5h … Shawnee, 2000
8:07.93 … Seneca, 2013
8:08.4h … Cherokee, 1998
8:08.53 … Edgewood, 1985
8:08.7y … Edgewood, 1984
8:08.95 … Highland, 2014
8:08.92 … Kingsway, 2009
8:09.37 … Woodrow Wilson, 1993
8:09.6y … Willingboro
8:10.10 … Kingsway, 2010
8:10.1y … Williamstown, 1977
8:10.22 … Lenape, 2000

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