Heck of a race Sunday by Monmouth freshman Stone Caraccio, who ran 3:54.32 to place a close second in the 1,500 at the Monmouth Invite in West Long Branch.
Caraccio, a freshman from Kingsway, closed in 59.9 for his final 400 and 2:03.9 for his final 800. He took second to Rider’s Kevin Heredia, who won the race in 3:53.19 with a final-lap 59.3.
Caraccio’s 3:54.32 is the equivalent of a 4:11.59 for 1,600 meters and 4:13.07 for a full mile. His previous 1,500 PR was a 3:56.63 from a meet in West Point, N.Y., last month. His high school 1,600/mile PR was 4:13.46 for 1,600 at Group 4 states at Franklin in 2019 along with a 4:15.35 indoor full mille at the Millrose Games at the Armory, which is a bit slower.
Either way, this is a lifetime best in only his second collegiate 1,500 or mile race. His time is No. 10 so far this year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and No. 5 among freshmen.
Monmouth’s school record was set by another South Jersey runner, Absegami graduate Ford Palmer, who ran 3:44.90 at the George Mason Spring Invitational in 2013. Palmer went on to run 3:54.92 indoors in Boston in 2017, a South Jersey alumni record and 3rd-fastest ever by a New Jersey native.
Another South Jersey freshman, Camden Catholic graduate Richie Castañeda, a freshman at Rider, placed 5th in 3:55.70, just off his PR of 3:53.41 from Penn last month.