OK, Southern Regional isn’t technically in South Jersey. But it does have the word “South” in its name. And Manahawkin is only about 12 miles from the Burlington County border as the crow flies. And Southern Regional competes in the NJSIAA’s South Regional. And it’s not like anybody else is racing right now.
So we’re here to tell you that Jackson Braddock, a rising senior at Southern Regional, ran 8:54.02 tonight in Nashville.
Braddock, in his first race since the indoor Meet of Champions, beat a field of 22 high school runners in a special high school 3,200 held at the Music City Distance Carnival at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.
Izaiah Steury of Angola (Indiana) High School was second in 8:57.17. His previous PR was 9:15.76 in a meet last month in Marion, Ind.
Braddock broke the Ocean County record of 8:58.58, set at the 2018 Meet of Champions by Devin Hart of Point Pleasant Boro.
Since Jackson only ran one 3,200 as a sophomore last outdoor season, he technically just outdoor PR’d by more than a minute – 1:00.02 to be exact. His previous outdoor PR was 9:54.06 at last year’s Cherokee Night of 3200’s.
Braddock broke the meet record of 8:55.27 set last year by Kashon Harrison of Kirtland Central High in Kirtland, N.M.
Braddock blossomed this past fall, when he ran 15:49 at Holmdel to win the state Group 4 title and then took 6th at the Meet of Champions in 15:50 and took 29th at Nike Team Cross Nationals at Glendover Golf Course in Portland, Ore.
He ran 9:06.86 at Meet of Champions – a 10-second PR – at Ocean Breeze on March 8. And that was the last time he was on the track.
Who knows whether Braddock’s time will count on all-time New Jersey lists. I’m counting it and I don’t know if anybody else keeps all-time lists, so it’s now officially (or unofficially) No. 10 in state history.
Here’s what I came up with for every New Jersey sub-9 runner, including converted two-mile times:
All-Time New Jersey 3,200-Meter Sub-9 List
8:41.02y … Joe Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2010
8:41.49y … Craig Forys [Colts Neck], 2007
8:46.08 … Jeremy Elkaim [Livingston], 2010
8:48.38y … Jim Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2010
8:48.91y … Buck Logan [Bernards], 1979
8:50.64y … Mohamad Khadraoui [JFK Paterson], 2004
8:50.9y … Mike Keogh [Essex Catholic], 1970
8:52.02y … Edward Cheserek [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2011
8:53.63y … Devin Hart [Point Pleasant Boro], 2019
8:54.02 … Jackson Braddock [Southern Regional], 2020
8:55.31y … Justin Scheid [Pope John XXIII], 2003
8:55.41 … Kyle Levermore [Don Bosco Prep], 2013
8:55.61 … Murad Campbell [Overbrook], 1999
8:55.94 … Jack Boyle [Christian Brothers Academy], 2013
8:56.28y … Morgan Pearson [Delbarton], 2011
8:58.26y … Bob Amitrani [Cranford], 1976
8:58.28y … Andrew Hanko [Trinity Christian], 2007
8:58.32 … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2015
8:58.68y … Kyle Soloff [Morris Hills], 2007
8:59.06y … Tim Conheeney [Paramus Catholic], 1973
8:59.55y … Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1972
8:59.75 … Jason DiJoseph [Paul VI], 1987
8:59.80 … Tyler Udland [Millburn], 2010
8:59.93 … Bob Papazian [Gill St. Bernard], 2005