Kingsway’s Stone Caraccio is off to an impressive start this spring for Monmouth, where he’s already run a couple fast races in his first couple collegiate meets.
Monmouth didn’t have an indoor season, so Caraccio didn’t race until two weeks ago, when he ran a 1,500 PR of 3:56.63 in a dual meet against Army in West Point, N.Y.
That’s equal to a 4:14.07 for 1,600 meters or a 4:15.56 for the full mile, which is only a fraction over his high school 1,600 PR of 4:13.46, which he ran in a fast state Group 4 race at Franklin township two years ago. (He also ran an indoor 4:15.35 full mile, which is equal to a 4:13.87 for 1,600). Considering this was his first outdoor race in nearly two years and his first track of any kind since the end of the 2020 indoor season, that’s a great way to start.
This past weekend at Lafayette, Caraccio ran 1:55.76 in an 800, again not far off his lifetime best of 1:54.53 from an indoor race in February of 2020 at Ocean Breeze and just above his outdoor PR of 1:55.30 from 2019 Haddonfield Distance Night.
That’s two open races as a collegian and two near-PRs coming off a nearly two-year layoff, and that’s good stuff.
Caraccio currently ranks 7th in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the 800 and No. 2 among freshmen and No. 7 in the 1,500 and No. 3 among freshmen. One of the freshmen ahead of him is Camden Catholic’s Richie Castañeda, who we recently wrote about here.