After a nearly two-year wait, Micah Wood finally got to run an intermediate hurdles race, and the result was victory and a big PR.
Wood, a 2019 Rancocas Valley graduate and now a Monmouth freshman, raced his first outdoor intermediates race as a collegian Saturday at Lafayette and won in 53.78.
That’s a giant PR of nearly two seconds for Wood. His previous PR was a 55.49 at the 2019 state Group 4 meet at Franklin Township High. This was his first 400IH race since the 2019 Meet of Champions a week later at Northern Burlington – 22 months ago.
Wood competed indoors for Monmouth last year – he ran a big 800 PR of 1:53.46 in a meet at Boston in January of 2020 – but Monmouth did not compete outdoors last year or indoors this past winter.
On Saturday, Wood found himself in a two-person intermediates race at the Lafayette Open in Easton, Pa. The only other entrant, a Lehigh runner, ran just under 58, so Wood ran solo, which in the intermediates is not necessarily a bad thing.
His time just misses the all-time Monmouth top-10 but isn’t far off. Some familiar names on that list for South Jersey track fans, including 2008 Egg Harbor graduate Stevenson Cajuste and 1992 Shawnee grad Jim Angermeier. The school’s freshman record of 52.58 was set by Chris Rutherford of Toms River East in 2009.
Wood also ran the third leg on Monmouth’s 1,600-meter relay team, which won in 3:16.05.
Monmouth’s other freshman from Rancocas Valley, Ian Moore, also PR’d at Lafayette. Moore, who ran 1:52.76 for Monmouth indoors last year, ran his first collegiate 1,500 and placed second in a field of 22 runners in 4:02.20, finishing behind only Bishop Eustace’s Connor Melko, a Lehigh sophomore.
Melko ran 3:59.66, but Moore’s time converts to 4:21.58 for a full mile (or 4:20.05 for 1,600 meters) and is a PR and an equivalent PR. He ran 4:23.33 indoors last year for a full mile.
We wrote about Melko last week after he ran a 3:52.88 at Lehigh. You can read that here.