Williamstown’s sprint medley domination of the 1970s and the all-time S.J. boys indoor SMR top-50!!!!!

For three straight years in the mid-1970s, the South Jersey sprint medley record was broken at the state relays, twice by Williamstown, once by Willingboro.

Going into 1975, no South Jersey sprint medley team had run faster than 3:42.

The 1975 New Jersey Track Annual, the first one with an all-time indoor list, only shows one South Jersey time, and that’s Williamstown’s 3:41.7, which won the 1975 state relays combined Group 1 and 2 title.

That was Tony Uzdavines running the 400, Manny Small and Wally Cook on the 200s and Bob Marino anchoring.

With only Uzdavines back in 1976, Williamstown returned to Jadwin and broke its own record, winning what was then just a Group 2 race in 3:41.6 with Andre Allen, Bob Jones, Howie Williams and Tony Uzdavines.

A year later, the record fell again on the same track when Willingboro’s Eric Rucker [50.4], Kevin Streater, Yone Dewberry and Bob Hardy [2:02.9] ran 3:40.2 to place third in Group 4 behind Trenton [3:34.9] and Snyder [3:37.2].

Here’s how the record evolved from there:

3:37.0y … Willingboro [Darryll Coleman, Rodney “Rocket” Stockett, Jeff Bradford, Vance Watson], 1983 [1st place, Group 4 state relays, Jadwin]
3:35.0 ….. Edgewood [Dardanius Coleman, Rich Rudd, Leroy Smith, Ron Adams 1:58.3], 1986 [1st place, Group 4 state relays, Jadwin]
3:30.45 … Lenape [Ian Moore, LaMarr Watkins, Marquice, Zach McBride], 2001 [3rd place, National Scholastic Championships, Armory]
3:27.60 … Vineland [Dale Coleman, Marcus Lee, Schafer Sherrer, Shannon Sherrer], 2003 [1st place, New Balance Games, Armory]

Vineland’s 3:27.60 has stood as the South Jersey record for 17 years now and was the state record for nine years, until both St. Benedict’s [3:25.88] and Pascack Valley [3:27.11] ran faster at 2012 nationals. Union Catholic has since run 3:26.16 at 2014 nationals.

Here’s the all-time list!

All-Time boys S.J. indoor sprint medley top-50

3:27.60 … Vineland, 2003
3:29.07 … Washington Twp., 2009
3:30.01 … Cherokee, 2002
3:30.45 … Lenape, 2001
3:31.73 … Vineland, 2004
3:32.36 … Rancocas Valley, 2016
3:32.90 … Washington Twp., 2010
3:33.22 … Pleasantville, 2012
3:33.99 … Pleasantville, 2007
3:34.12 … Absegami, 2010
3:34.52 … Pleasantville, 2002 [3:34.64?]
3:34.86 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
3:34.88 … Vineland, 2002
3:34.96 … Bordentown, 2005
3:35.0 ….. Edgewood, 1986
3:35.76 … Vineland, 2013
3:35.86 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
3:36.39 … Cherokee, 2010
3:36.58 … Winslow Twp., 2003
3:37.0y … Willingboro, 1983
3:37.19 … Absegami, 2008
3:37.20 … Vineland, 2012
3:37.55 … Oakcrest, 2012
3:37.66 … Haddonfield, 2016
3:37.68 … Kingsway, 2014
3:37.72 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017
3:37.73 … Timber Creek, 2014
3:37.86 … Absegami, 2009
3:38.2y … Shawnee, 1992
3:38.40 … Haddonfield, 2017
3:38.42 … Cherokee, 2012
3:38.58 … Oakcrest, 2014
3:38.60 … Washington Twp., 2008
3:38.67 … Vineland, 2008
3:38.86 … Willingboro, 2001
3:38.88 … Delsea, 2019
3:38.93 … Deptford, 2019
3:39.01 … Willingboro, 1997
3:39.03 … Winslow Twp., 2004
3:39.0y … Willingboro, 1977
3:39.0h … Rancocas Valley, 2013
3:39.16 … Vineland, 2007
3:39.27 … Pleasantville, 2010
3:39.28 … Cherokee, 2014
3:39.3y … Lenape, 1992
3:39.45 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015
3:39.73 … Pleasantville, 2017
3:39.75 … Delsea, 2011
3:39.75 … Pleasantville, 2018
3:39.80 … Willingboro, 2003
3:39.7y … Camden, 1978

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