Delsea’s Carly Nicholson runs big indoor 800 PR, first NJ girl this year under 2:20!

Delsea senior Carly Nicholson became the first New Jersey half-miler to break 2:20 this year Sunday at the adidas Indoor Championships in Virginia Beach

Nicholson ran 2:19.04 and placed 17th overall in the championship 800.

Nicholson lowered her indoor PR by more than two seconds from 2:21.32, which she ran at the state Group 3 meet in 2019 at the Bubble in Toms River. She’s run 2:18.48 outdoors, at the 2018 state meet at Central Regional in Bayville.

Her time Sunday is 3rd-fastest in Delsea history indoors and fastest since Celine Mazzi ran 2:16.84 seven years ago. 

This was Nicholson’s third 800 this indoor season. She ran 2:24.59 at the Armory back in October and 2:21.85 on the same track at the Virginia Beach Sports Center earlier this month. 

Here’s a look at where Nicholson ranks on the all-time Gloucester County indoor list:

2:09.56 … Megan Tiernan [Washington Twp.], 2010
2:14.5h … Ruth Lockbaum [Glassboro], 1985
2:14.99 … Kami Joi Hickson [Washington Twp.], 2017
2:15.90 … Felicia O’Donnell [Delsea], 2009
2:16.60 … Gabbi Kirsch [Williamstown], 2015
2:16.71 … Lindsey Kane [Washington Twp.], 2015
2:16.84 … Celine Mazzi [Delsea], 2014
2:17.15 … Nicole Tiernan [Washington Twp.], 2011
2:17.21 … Allie Pierontoni [Kingsway], 2020
2:17.43 … Cassie Hagstoz [Kingsway], 2013
2:17.76 … Destiny Stanford [Kingsway], 2017
2:18.57 … Liz Locke [Kingsway], 2009
2:18.72 … Hailey Tabar [Clearview], 2020
2:18.77 … Samantha Budd [West Deptford], 2012
2:18.91 … Vickie Ajimoko [Williamstown], 2013
2:18.9h … Ursula Eder [Gateway], 1974
2:18.9h … Patti Addis [Williamstown], 1984
2:09.04 … Carly Nicholson [Delsea], 2021

Camden Catholic’s Blly Clewell runs huge 800 PR with sub-2 in Virginia!

Camden Catholic junior Billy Clewell became the second South Jersey half-miler to break two minute on Sunday.

Clewell ran 1:59.98 – more than a five-second PR – to place 10th in the open division of the 800 at the adidas Indoor Nationals in Virginia Beach.

Cumberland Regional junior Jalen Ridgeway ran 1:59.11 on the same track earlier this month.

Clewell’s previous PR was a 2:05.45 at the Bennett Center in February of 2020. 

Is 1:59.98 an indoor school record? Richie Castañeda ran 2:00.18 two years ago at the Bubble and that’s the fastest time I can find. 

Willingboro’s Malachi James wins freshman 60 at adidas Indoor Nationals!

Willingboro freshman Malachi James ran 7.20 to easily win the freshman 60-meter dash at the adidas Indoor Nationals Saturday in Virginia Beach.

James had run an all-time Burlington County #4 7.16 in the trials earlier Saturday in his first lifetime high school race. 

In the final, James wasn’t pushed.

Jason Truitt of Salesianum High Shool in Wilmington, Del., took second in 7.33. James’ time in the trials is No. 2 in the U.S. among freshmen this season, behind only Jelani Watkins of Klein Forest High School in Houston, who ran 6.95 at the Galleria Games in December in Birmingham, Ala.

James was also entered in the freshman 200 but scratched.

Watch this video of the closest race you’ll ever see: Sincere Rhea’s Big Ten hurdles title!!!

I’ve never heard of a race where the first five runners all finished in the span of 2-100ths of a second.

That’s insane. That’s almost impossible. But that’s exactly what happened today in the 60-meter hurdles race at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Here are the official results:

And here’s a post on the race:

Check out a better video of Sincere Rhea’s finish here:

Fast 800-1,600 double to open the season for Cherokee senior Brett Shea!

Quick double to open the season for Cherokee senior Brett Shea, who ran PRs of 2:00.77 and 4:32.37 in a tri-meet Saturday with Timber Creek and Highland at the Bennett Center.

Shea hadn’t raced since Group 4 XC sectionals, when he placed 6th and helped Cherokee win the team title. His last track race was at indoor sectionals more than a year ago.

And he hadn’t run a competitive 800 since the 2019 indoor season and had never broken 2:10 before. His 1,600 PR was 4:33.05 from last winter at a SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center.

Shea’s 800 time is 3rd-fastest by a South Jersey half-miler in the early going this winter, behind Jalen Ridgeway of Cumberland Regional [1:59.11] and Brian Eaton of Timber Creek [2:00.20]. Eaton ran the 400 and 1,600 on Saturday, winning the 400 in 53.67. 

His 1,600 is No. 2 so far among South Jersey runners, behind a 4:31.23 by Kingsway junior Kyle Rakitis last week, also at the Bubble.

Iowa freshman Nylah Perry caps huge weekend with 4th-place finish in Big Ten 400!

Winslow’s Nylah Perry, an Iowa freshman, placed 4th in the 400 Saturday at the Big Ten Championships.

Perry ran the two-fastest races of her life the last two days at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, PR’ing in 54.43 in the trials Friday and running 54.54 in Saturdays finals.

With her 54.43, Perry moved into the No. 9 spot on the all-time Iowa indoor 400 performance list. She’s also the No. 12 freshman in the U.S.

Perry came into the meet with a PR of 55.03 from the B1G Invitational earlier this month on the same track.

At Winslow, Perry ran 55.97 as a freshman outdoors at the Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington, and her indoor PR was 56.19 when she won the Meet of Champions last March at Ocean Breeze.

Perry is teammates at Iowa with former Winslow teammate Tionna Tobias, who placed 5th in the pentathlon and 6th in the high hurdles this weekend at the Big Ten meet.

Paulsboro football star Bhayshul Tuten runs all-time S.J. #8 in 60 at adidas!!!

Paulsboro senior football star Bhayshul Tuten, the South Jersey Player of the Year this past fall, ran a personal-best 7.03 in the 60-meter dash Saturday at the adidas National Championships in Virginia Beach.

Tuten, who rushed for 3,768 yards and 77 touchdowns in his Paulsboro football career, was only running his third lifetime 60-meter dash.

His time is No. 2 in Gloucester County history and No. 8 in South Jersey history. A.J. Bunton of West Deptford set the Gloucester County mark of 6.87 in 2007.

Tuten’s previous lifetime best was a 7.13 at a meet on the same track earlier this month

Tuten ran 7.06 earlier Saturday in the trials.. He placed fifth in the final of the “Open Division,” just 1-10th of a second behind the winner.

His 7.03 is fastest by a South Jersey sprinter since another football star, Timber Creek’s Damiere Byrd, won the 60 at the 2011 Brooks PR meet at Dempsey Fieldhouse in Seattle in 6.70. Byrd played football at South Carolina and recently completed his fifth NFL season with a career-high 47 catches for the Patriots.


6.70 … Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 2011
6.83 … Jamar Ervin [Camden], 2001
6.87 … Chris Church [Millville], 2007
6.93 … A.J. Bunton [West Deptford], 2007
7.00 … Daequan Prince [Bordentown], 2008
7.01 … Michael Bolling [Willingboro], 1999
7.02 … Rob McGriff [Camden], 2006
7.03 … Gary Gordon [Willingboro], 1995
7.03 … Bhayshul Tuten [Paulsboro], 2021
7.03 … Albert Newkirk [Camden], 1996
7.04 … Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 2018
7.06 … Sherron Bullock [Camden], 2004
7.06 … Fabian Santiago [Oakcrest], 2012
7.08 … Curtis Fitzpatrick [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013

Moorestown’s Brandon Outlaw of Virginia takes 4th in 400 at ACC Championships!!!

Brandon Outlaw placed 4th in the 400-meter dash Saturday at the ACC Championships at Clemson.

Outlaw, a Moorestown graduate, ran the 2nd-fastest 400 of his life, running 46.69 and finishing 5-100ths of a second behind teammate Jordan Willis.

That’s only 11-100ths of a second off his lifetime best.

Outlaw ran his personal-best of 46.58 when he played fourth in last year’s ACC meet at Notre Dame’s Loftus Center the last week of February in 2020.

That was his last 400 final until Saturday. Outlaw ran 47.16 in Friday’s trials. He was the No. 5 seed going into the final.

Outlaw’s outdoor collegiate best is 47.27 from the 2019 ACC meet in Charlottesville, where he placed 9th. He ran 46.82 to win Group 3 sectionals at Bernards in the spring of 2017 and that remains his outdoor PR. He won the 400 at the Meet of Champions that spring as well with a 47.05.

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WHAT A RACE!!! Sincere Rhea wins insane Big Ten hurdles race!!!!! (now with video)

Sincere Rhea won his first conference title Saturday, edging four other hurdlers in a Big Ten Championship race that saw the first five hurdlers finish within 2-100ths of a second.

Rhea, a Penn State sophomore from St. Augustine, ran a season-best 7.80 – just 4-100ths off his PR – and edged Gratt Reed of Iowa by 1-100th of a second. Two other Iowa hurdlers – Josh Braverman and Jamal Britt – ran 7.82, as did Josh Zeller of Michigan.

The 7.80 is No. 13 in NCAA Division 1 this year, although that does not include other marks made on Saturday.

Rhea, a St. Augustine graduate and native of Maurice River Township in Cumberland County, ran his previous PR of 7.76 in the trials of last year’s Big Ten Championships on the same track and ultimately placed third.

It appears from an impossible-to-navigate Penn State Track Yearbook on the school’s web site that Rhea is the first Penn State hurdler ever to win a Big Ten title indoors or outdoors. 

Rhea has yet to compete outdoors as a collegian.


In first HS race, Willingboro’s Malachi James leads all qualifiers in freshman 60 at adidas Nationals!

In his first high school race, Willingboro freshman Malachi James ran 7.16 to lead all qualifiers in the freshman 60-meter dash Saturday morning at the adidas National Championships in Virginia Beach.

James ran the No. 4 time in Burlington County history. He raced within 15-100ths of a second of Michael Bolling’s Willingboro school record. The Burlington County record is 7.00, set in 2008 by Bordentown’s Daequan Prince.

James advanced to the final at 2:10 p.m.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey 60-meter dash list. 

6.70 … Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 2011
6.83 … Jamar Ervin [Camden], 2001
6.87 … Chris Church [Millville], 2007
6.93 … A.J. Bunton [West Deptford], 2007
7.00 … Daequan Prince [Bordentown], 2008
7.01 … Michael Bolling [Willingboro], 1999
7.02 … Rob McGriff [Camden], 2006
7.03 … Gary Gordon [Willingboro], 1995
7.03 … Albert Newkirk [Camden], 1996
7.04 … Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 2018
7.06 … Sherron Bullock [Camden], 2004
7.06 … Fabian Santiago [Oakcrest], 2012
7.08 … Curtis Fitzpatrick [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013
7.11 … Kashif Miller [Haddon Heights], 2014
7.13 … Cameron Dobbins [Williamstown], 2015
7.15 … Reggie Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
7.16 … Malachi James [Willingboro], 2021
7.19 … Sterling Pierce [Rancocas Valley], 2015