The Williamstown S.J. indoor DMR record that lasted 27 years and the all-time top-50 [plus a lot more]!!!!!

Williamstown set a South Jersey indoor DMR record at the 1974 Easterns.

It took more than a quarter of a century for someone to take that record down.

A few days ago, we wrote about Williamstown’s South Jersey sprint medley records from the 1970s. Click here for that story.

Here’s the story of a Williamstown mark from the 1970s that lasted a lot longer!

First, the 1974 Williamstown team of Tim Leyden on the 3/4-mile, Tony Uzdavines on the quarter, Butch Flanigan running the half and Bob Marino anchoring set a South Jersey indoor DMR record of 10:37.7 at the combined Group 1 and 2 state relays at Jadwin.

What was the previous S.J. record? It’s never mentioned in the articles about Williamstown’s performance, and I couldn’t find any South Jersey performances under 10:45 before 1974. So I don’t know.

A few weeks later, on the same track at Easterns, Williamstown hooked up with distance powerhouses St. Benedict’s of Newark and St. Joe’s of Metuchen in an epic battle that resulted in 3 of the 5-fastest times in state history.

St. Anthony’s of Queens won in 10:22.6, with Williamstown 2nd in 10:25.8 and St. Joe’s 3rd in 10:26.8. The only faster times in state history at the time were recorded in 1973 by Essex Catholic’s Kevin McNeil, Bernie Molinski, Mark Pilsbury and Chris Inman and Lawrenceville runners with the last names Woods, Scott and Missy – can’t find their first names anywhere – and anchor Merrell Noden,. who both ran a national-record 10:16.4 in a match race at Lawrenceville in 1973. Noden became a legendary sports writer at Sports Illustrated before losing his battle with cancer at the way-too-young age of 59 in 2015.

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That Williamstown 10:25.8 – converted in many places to 10:21.8 but correctly here from 2 1/2 miles to 10:22.2 for 4,000 meters – remained the South Jersey record an incredible 27 years, until Cherokee finally went faster in 2001.

Cherokee hooked up with CBA at Easterns in a classic race that saw CBA run 10:16.07 and Cherokee 10:16.32. Jeff Peterson [3:10.9], Paul Cawley [51.6], Eric Reulbach [1:57.1] and Nat Glackin [4:16.5] ran for CBA and Josh Joseph [3:07.2], Sean Meyers [50.9], Kevin Hurley [2:01.8] and Marc Pelerin [4:16.3] for Cherokee.

Haddonfield  just missed Cherokee’s record with a 10:16.80 to win nationals the next winter, but Cherokee’s 10:16.32 stood as the S.J. record until 2010, when Haddonfield ran 10:09.78 with Colin Baker, Jordan Harris, Ben Potts and Jonathan Vitez winning nationals.

Incredibly, Williamstown’s performance from 1974 still stands as the No. 9 mark in South Jersey history 46 years later. It also remains the Gloucester County record, although Kingsway ran within six seconds of it at the Marine Corps Classic in December at the Armory.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey boys indoor DMR list. And I added every sub-11 time I could find below. So this list goes about 140 deep.

All-Time S.J. boys indoor DMR Top-50

10:09.78 … Haddonfield, 2010
10:12.42 … Haddonfield, 2016
10:16.32 … Cherokee, 2002
10:16.60 … Haddonfield, 2002
10:17.97 … Ocean City, 2011
10:19.24 … Haddonfield, 2009
10:21.11 … Haddonfield, 2011
10:21.38 … Haddon Township, 2015
10:22.2y … Williamstown, 1974
10:22.85 … Eastern, 2016
10:23.52 … Haddonfield, 2015
10:23.54 … Haddonfield, 2003
10:28.30 … Kingsway, 2020
10:28.59 … Cherokee, 2020
10:29.39 … Bishop Eustace, 2013
10:29.9y … Cherry Hill East, 1975
10:31.88 … Kingsway, 2014
10:32.79 … Eastern, 2002
10:33.0h … Eastern, 2003
10:34.11 … Camden Catholic, 2019
10:34.34 … Haddonfield, 2019
10:35.06 … Haddonfield, 2014
10:35.65 … Washington Twp., 2011
10:35.68 … Pleasantville, 2013
10:35.83 … Cherokee, 2018
10:35.93 … Cherokee, 2012
10:36.0h … Washington Twp., 2008
10:36.32 … Pitman, 2019
10:36.77 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015
10:36.79 … Cherry Hill East, 2015
10:37.06 … Cherokee
10:37.28 … Bishop Eustace, 2002
10:37.43 … Kingsway, 2013
10:37.48 … West Deptford, 2014
10:38.53 … Kingsway, 2019
10:38.89 … Canden Catholic, 2018
10:39.27 … Cherry Hill East, 2016
10:39.87 … Haddon Heights, 2009
10:40.12 … Bishop Eustace, 2019
10:40.23 … Haddonfield, 2018
10:40.37 … Haddon Twp., 2016
10:40.9h … Cherokee, 2011
10:41.75 … Shawnee, 2000
10:41.7y … Willingboro, 1983
10:42.44 … Highland, 2014
10:42.76 … Shawnee, 1998
10:42.33 … Ocean City, 2010
10:42.60 … Rancocas Valley, 2015
10:43.19 … Pleasantville, 2012

Every other team under 11 minutes

10:43.82 … Cherokee, 2006
10:44.17 … Washington Twp., 2000
10:44.39 … Haddonfield, 2020
10:44.63 … Shawnee, 1997
10:45.2h … Cherokee, 2005
10:45.36 … Mainland Reg., 2004
10:46.28 … Timber Creek, 2014
10:46.32 … Haddon Twp., 2014
10:46.34 … Bishop Eustace, 2009
10:46.44 … Eastern, 2015
10:46.4y … Willingboro, 1990
10:46.60 … Washington Twp., 2009
10:47.0h … Shawnee, 1993
10:47.12 … Delsea, 2012
10:47.31 … Delsea, 2013
10:47.2y … Shawnee, 1985
10:47.49 … Clearview, 2015
10:47.60 … Bishop Eustace, 2017
10:47.74 … Eastern, 2001
10:47.90 … Washington Twp., 2013
10:47.96 … Kingsway, 2017
10:48.21 … Shawnee, 2011
10:48.49 … Pleasantville, 2015
10:48.68 … Delsea, 2018
10:48.7h … Kingsway, 2005
10:49.1h … Shawnee, 1992
10:49.59 … Camden Catholic, 2014
10;49.6h … Washington Twp., 2008
10:50.04 … Cherokee, 2002
10:50.14 … Delsea, 2020
10:50.25 … Lenape, 2018
10:50.40 … Haddonfield, 2008
10:50.63 … Oakcrest, 2014
10;50.66 … Eastern, 2008
10:50.76 … Lenape, 2012
10:50.96 … Highland, 2012
10:51.0y … Rancocas Valley, 1991
10:51.21 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
10:51.67 … Highland, 1996
10:51.81 … Highland, 2008
10:51.83 … Highland, 1998
10:52.10 … Highland, 2009
10:52.10 … Cherry Hill East, 2013
10:52.15 … Rancocas Valley, 2014
10:52.36 … Cherokee, 2013
10:52.64 … St. Augustine, 2010
10:52.76 … Absegami, 2013
10:52.91 … Haddonfield, 2018
10:52.98 … Seneca, 2012
10:53.0y … Shawnee, 1986
10:53.30 … Cinnaminson, 2018
10:53.31 … Sterling, 2013
10:53.2y … Haddon Twp., 1989
10:53.3h … Woodrow Wilson, 1993
10:53.48 … Delsea, 2017
10;53.61 … Bishop Eustace, 2003
10:53.5y … Gateway, 1978
10:53.5y … Highland, 1991
10:53.68 … Highland, 2018
10:54.09 … Clearview, 2014
10:54.1y … Millville, 1979
10:54.52 … Cherry Hill East, 2014
10:55.00 … Ocean City, 2014
10:55.1h … Bishop Eustace, 2000
10:55.28 … Seneca, 2011
10:55.2y … Eastern, 1990
10:55.4y … Haddonfield, 1987
10:55.56 … Willingboro, 2003
10:55.5y … Washington Twp., 1978
10:55.67 … Kingsway, 2011
10:55.88 … Ocean City, 2003
10:55.8y … Cherokee, 1989
10:55.88 … Haddonfield, 2012
10:55.94 … Kingsway, 2017
10:56.00 … Camden Catholic, 2018
10:56.0y … Shawnee, 1991
10:56.55 … Buena, 2004
10:56.56 … Shawnee, 2001
10:56.66 … Eastern, 2009
10:56.96 … Camden Catholic, 2017
10:57.13 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
10:57.64 … Bishop Eustace, 2014
10:57.68 … Williamstown, 2013
10:57.80 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2014
10:57.83 … Clearview, 2012
10:58.07 … Washington Twp., 2010
10:58.11 … Eastern, 2000
10:58.20 … Delsea, 2015
10:58.78 … Timber Creek, 2013
10:58.81 … Bishop Eustace, 2018
10:58.92 … Mainland Reg., 1995
10:59.06 … Cinnaminson, 2003
10:59.11 … Pleasantville, 2019
10:59.19 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
10:59.71 … Delsea, 2016
10:59.77 … Ocean City, 2020

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