1:53 half-miler Jalen Ridgeway now attending Cumberland Regional

Junior Jalen Ridgeway, who ran 1:53 at last year’s indoor Meet of Champions for Toms River North, is apparently now attending Cumberland Regional.

Ridgeway is listed as competing for Cumberland Regional in the results on MileSplit of a meet at the Bennett Center Thursday involving Highland, Deptford, Delsea and Cumberland Regional.

Ridgeway ran 2:00.85, winning the 800 over Highland’s Cole Wassell, the South Jersey Group 3 XC champion this past fall.

Ridgeway ran 1:53.72 last March and placed fifth at the Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze. That time made him the No. 1 sophomore in the U.S. last indoor season.

He ran 1:59.11 earlier this month competing unattached in a meet in Virginia Beach, which retroactively becomes the No. 1 time in South Jersey this winter now that it’s known he’s a student at Cumberland Regional.

That time is also No. 2 in the state so far this year behind Myles Plummer of Union Catholic, who ran 1:55.79 at the same meet in Virginia that Ridgeway ran 1:59.11.

The Cumberland County indoor 800 record is 1:55.14, set by Vineland’s Shannon Sherrer at the 2002 Meet of Champions at Jadwin Gym. He finished 1-100th of a second behind Ken Sinkovitz of Bergen Catholic in that race.

Ridgeway’s outdoor 800 PR is from his freshman year – the last time he raced outdoors. He ran 1:57.91 at 2019 Group 4 states at Franklin Township High School.

Ridgeway is the son of Urie Ridgeway, who starred at Bridgeton and Fairleigh Dickinson. Urie Ridgeway was the 1988 South Jersey Group 3 XC champ and ran 15:47 at Holmdel back when sub-16 was rare. At the time it was the No. 3 time ever by a South Jersey runner. Ridgeway also ran 9:10.0 for two miles.

Urie Ridgeway is Tribal Secretary of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe and is a consultant with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, serving as a chaplain to Native American inmates.

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