Buena grad Kristin Siegle shatters her own Rider 1,500 record!!!

Buena grad Kristin Siegle got into a fast 1,500 field at the Trials of Miles in Jersey City Saturday and emerged with another personal best.

Racing against mainly post-collegiates the Rider senior placed sixth in 4:22.79, shattering her personal best and her Rider school record of 4:25.83 from the Philadelphia Metropolitan Collegiate Invitational.

That’s the equivalent of a 4:43.81 for a full mile or 4:42.16 for 1,600 meters for Siegle, who had a high school PR of 5:15.98 and never qualified for a Meet of Champions.

In a separate section of the 1,500, Lenape graduate Megan Quimby, who ran for Yale, finished first in 4:29.49, a personal best. Her previous PR was 4:32.07 in the prelims of the 2019 outdoor Ivy League Championships at Princeton. 

 

Camden’s Teseanna Harris wins first collegiate conference title for Bloomfield!

Camden’s Teseanna Harris, a sophomore at Bloomfield College in Essex County, won her first conference title Sunday with a collegiate-best time in the 100-meter hurdles.

Harris ran 14.70 – into a 1.1 meters-per-second wind – to win the 100-meter highs at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships at Georgian Court in Lakewood.

She won by nearly half a second over teammate Autumn DeMary, who placed second in 15.17.

Harris’s previous best at Bloomfield was a 14.86 just two weeks ago in a meet in Newark and before that it was 15.46 from a meet last month.

Harris was also fourth in both the 100 in 12.80 (into a 1.8 wind) and the 200 in 25.93.

Harris graduated from Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy in Camden but competed for Camden High, since Creative Arts doesn’t have a track team. She was the 2019 state Group 2 high hurdles champ.

Delran grad Hannah Gravante wins first college conference pole vault title!

Delran graduate and Georgian Court sophomore pole vaulter Hannah Gravante won her first conference title Sunday morning, clearing an outdoor-best 10-0 at the Central Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in Lakewood.

Gravante, competing outdoors for the first time since 2018, matched her outdoor PR of 10-0, which she set at 2018 Group 2 sectionals at Central Regional in Bayville. Her lifetime best is 10-6, which she cleared indoors at Ocean Breeze in February of 2020.

Gravante already had the competition won when she cleared 10-0 on her first attempt. She had the bar raised to 10-2 3/4 but missed three tries.

At Delran, Gravante was the 2018 BCSL Patriot Division pole vault champion.

Two wins, two PRs and 34 points for Floyd Whitaker in Highland’s Camden County team title!

Another crazy day for senior Floyd Whitaker, who scored nearly one-third of Highland’s points on the way to the large-school team title at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.

Whitaker ran a personal-best 54.85 to win the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, jumped 46-9 1/4 to win the triple jump, cleared 6-2 for second in the high jump and ran another PR 15.43 for third in the 110-meter highs.

That’s 34 points for Whitaker, and Highland won the large-school division by 31 points over Cherry Hill East, 116-85.

Whitaker’s previous 400IH PR was a 55.87 last month at the Metuchen Relays. His previous 110HH best was 15.54 from a dual meet last month against Delsea.

Whitaker didn’t long jump Saturday, but he won the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze at 23-5 1/2.

He hasn’t lost a triple jump competition since the 2019 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, where he placed eighth. He’s a two-time Meet of Champions triple jump winner and has a PR of 50-2 1/2 from the 2019 outdoor Meet of Champions.

The last time he lost a triple jump to a New Jersey competitor was the 2018 outdoor state meet at Central Regional, where he leaped 47-11 1/4 but took second to Richmond Shasha of Hamilton West, who jumped 48-8. (I was wondering what became of Shasha and it turns out he competed in one meet in his life for DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., and set an indoor school triple jump record of 44-9 1/2 at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse and never competed again.)

Whitaker ranks No. 1 in New jersey in the triple jump with a 47-11 1/2 from the Metuchen Relays last month. He’s No. 2 in New Jersey in the intermediates, behind only Pennsauken sophomore Bryce Tucker’s 54.28 Saturday at the BCSL meet. He’s No. 6 in South Jersey in the high hurdles and No. 4 in the long jump (21-5). He’s also tied for No. 3 in the state in the high jump with a 6-4 from the Deptford Spartan Relays.

An unusual 26 points for Justin Milligan helps Maple Shade win first BCSL title in 11 years!

Justin Milligan won two events and scored in another to help Maple Shade win the Freedom Division title at the BCSL Championships Saturday at Pennsauken.

And it was quite an unusual set of events that he scored in.

Milligan, a Maple Shade senior, led 1-2-3 Maple Shade sweeps in the 800 and 1,600 and also placed third in the discus! 

Milligan ran 2:05.96 to win the 800, leading teammates senior Roger Hof and junior Murphy Hastings in second and third, and he ran 4:40.27 to win the 1,600, with junior Lincoln Ormsby and Hastings in second and third.

Milligan threw 100-9 for third in the discus, less than five feet behind winner senior Robert Stroehlein of New Egypt.

According to his New Jersey MileSplit profile, it’s the first time he’s ever thrown the discus in a major meet.

Milligan’s 4:40.27 broke a three-year-old 1,600 PR of 5:08.83 from the 2018 BCSL meet at Northern Burlington. His 800 PR is 2:04.37 from the 2019 South Jersey Invitational at Delsea.

Maple Shade also swept the 3,200, with Ormsby winning in 10:34.63 junior Ryan Olesky second and sophomore Chad Cloke third.

That’s 72 points in three events for the Wildcats, who doubled New Egypt 207-102 to win the divisional title.

This was Maple Shade’s first BCSL team title since the Wildcats won the Freedom Division in 2010. Shade also won BCSL titles in 1983, 1984, 1992, 1998 and 2003.

Maple Shade’s other individual winners were sophomore Sean Loomis in the 200 and junior Brennen King in the pole vault. 

The Wildcats also won the 1,600-meter relay, but the results site does not list the four runners.

Breakthrough 1,600-3,200 double for Timber Creek senior Michael Henry at Camden County meet!!!

What an impressive breakthrough double for Timber Creek senior Michael Henry, who we haven’t seen much of the last couple years.

Henry ran 4:30.99 and 9:55.07 as a freshman but had no outdoor marks until he ran 9:45.63 last month at the Cherokee Night of 3200s.

Henry had success in XC – he was 6th at Group 3 sectionals this past fall at DREAM Park in Logan Township – but he fashioned quite a double Saturday, sweeping the 1,600 and 3,200 with big PRs at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.

In the 1,600, Henry ran 4:20.00, leading five runners under 4:26: Highland senior Cole Wassell [ 4:22.17], Triton junior Dennis Fortuna [4:22.60], Cherry Hill East senior Gabe Rodriguez [4:23.17] and Cherry Hill East senior Aidan Groff [4:25.95].

All five of them PR’d.

With a lap to go, Henry was in fifth, although about half a second separated the first five runners. He closed in 60.79 to win by a meter and a half over Wassell.

His time is No. 9 in the state this year and makes him No. 2 in South Jersey, behind Tobias Janssen of Haddonfield, who won the small-school race Ibn 4:18.08.

His previous PR appears to be a 4:27.76 he ran in March outdoors at the Cherokee Winter Distance Festival.

In the 3,200, Henry was out in 4:52.69 and came back in 4:44.87, closing in 2:16.47 and 66.11. Wassell finished second in 9:40.64 and senior Timber Creek teammate Giancarlo Vega was third in 9:42.76, four seconds below his previous PR of 9:46.70 from the Cherokee Night of 3200s last month.

Henry’s previous 3,200 PR was a 9:55.07 from freshman year sectionals at Delsea. The 9:37 is No. 11 in South Jersey this year and the fastest time that wasn’t recorded at Cherokee Night of 3200s.

Sincere Rhea runs 110HH PR in Big Ten trials, races in final Sunday!

Sincere Rhea ran a lifetime-best 13.89 Saturday in the 110-meter hurdles trials at the Big Ten Championships.

Rhea, a Penn State freshman from St. Augustine, placed second in the third of three heats at Demirjian Park in Champaign, Ill., to qualify for Sunday’s final. The winner of each heat plus the next-six fastest times advanced.

Rhea’s previous PR over the 42-inch barriers was 13.92 last month in a meet in Iowa City.

Rhea, the Big Ten indoor champion, https://sjtrackblog.com/2021/02/27/watch-this-video-of-the-closest-race-youll-ever-see-sincere-rheas-big-ten-hurdles-title/, moved up to No. 6 in Penn State history with the fastest time by a Nittany Lions hurdler in six years.

The final is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. Sunday

Pennsauken sophs Bryce Tucker and Ejani Shakir light up the track at BCSL Championships!

Huge afternoon for Pennsauken sophomores Bryce Tucker and Ejani Shakir at the BCSL Championships on Pennsauken High School’s super-charged new track.

Check out these times:

Tucker won the 400-meter intermediates in 54.28, won the 800 in 1:56.07 and placed second in the high hurdles in 15.25.

And Shakir won the 200 in 21.82 and the 400 in 48.89 and placed second in the long jump.

Tucker’s intermediates time is No. 1 in the state this year and fastest by a South Jersey sophomore in 10 years, since Willingboro’s Brandon Hill ran 53.79 at the 2011 South Jersey Group 2 meet at Buena. It’s not far off the Liberty Division meet record of 53.8 set in 1999 by Pemberton’s Napolean Suarez.

Tucker’s 1:56.07 is a personal best, surpassing his state indoor freshman record 1:56.75 from the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions, the last competitive 800 he ran. His time is No. 7 in the state this year and No. 2 in South Jersey, behind Kyle Rakitis’s 1:55.04 in March in Maplewood.

Since Tucker had his entire freshman year of outdoor track wiped away, this was his first-ever outdoor 800 or 400-meter intermediates race outside of dual meets.

Shakir’s 21.82 is No. 2 in the state behind Shamali Whittle of Nottingham’s 21.41 at Princeton last month and fastest in South Jersey this spring. It’s fastest by a South Jersey sophomore since Glassboro’s Juwan Johnson ran 21.60 at the 2013 Tri-County Championships at Delsea. Johnson is currently a wide receiver with the Saints.

Shakir’s 48.89 is No. 2 in the state this year behind Ridge’s Luke Roberts, who ran 48.56 at a meet at Ridge, and No. 1 in South Jersey on the MileSplit performnance list. It makes him the fastest South Jersey sophomore since Brandon Outlaw of Moorestown ran 48.52 at the 2015 Meet of Champions.

The Liberty Division meet records in the dashes are 21.40 by Willingboro’s Antonio Abey in 2007 and 47.3 by Rob Gary of Lenape in 1998.

Another sophomore, Premier Wynn, ran 57.05 for second in the 400IH, 49.45 for second in the 400 and 22.77 for third in the 200. 

 

Rancocas Valley pole vaulter Abby Boggs clears N.J. #1 and all-time S.J. #6!!!

The minute we finished writing about Collingswood senior Fiona Basewitz clearing a South Jersey-best 11-1 in the pole vault, we finally get results from the BCSL meet at Pennsauken and … we have a new South Jersey best!

Rancocas Valley senior Abby Boggs won the Liberty Division vault at the Burlington County Scholastic League Championships at 11-6, which matches No. 1 in the state this year – Hunterdon Central’s Suzy Lacombe cleared 11-6 at the Randolph Relays last weekend – and is a new No. 1 in South Jersey this year.

Boggs’ clearance equals also No. 6 in South Jersey and No. 5 all-time in Burlington County , which dominates the top of the South Jersey pole vault list.

Boggs’ previous PR was 11-0, which she has cleared three times – in a couple dual meets in March – one outdoors, one at the Bubble – and again at the Deptford Spartan Relays earlier this month. 

The previous meet record was 11-0 by Moorestown’s Jessica Kloss in 2005 and Moorestown’s Lauren Tauscher in 2007 and again in 2009.

Boggs also placed third in the high jump and triple jump for Rancocas Valley, which outscored Burlington Township 272 1/2-104 to win the team title.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey 11-foot list. The complete all-time top-50 can be found here.

13- 3… Danielle O’Reilly [Shawnee], 2004
12- 7 1/2 … Ashley Preston [Delsea], 2018
12- 0 … Jessica Kloss [Moorestown], 2005
12- 0 … Brittney Raffo [Seneca], 2017
11-10 … Kaitlin Dermen [Millville], 2014
11- 6 … Lauren Tauscher [Moorestown], 2007
11- 6 … Abby Boggs [Rancocas Valley], 2021
11- 4 … Melissa Gale [Millville], 2006
11- 3 … Jennifer Scott [Haddonfield], 2019
11- 2 … Tracey Masterson [Mainland Reg.], 2012
11- 1 3/4 … Kristin Weigel [Pennsville], 2010
11- 1 … Fiona Basewitz [Collingswood], 2021
11- 0 1/2 … Emily Waldron [Triton], 2014
11- 0 … Colleen McDowell [Seneca], 2011
11- 0 … Alexandra Elder [Moorestown], 2012
11- 0 … Casey Sturts [Buena], 2013
11- 0 … Alana Cohen [Cherry Hill East], 2018
11- 0 … Lindsey Michie [Northern Burlington], 2018
11- 0 … Sarah Parr [Audubon], 2019
11- 0 … Anna Heim [Moorestown], 2006
11- 0 … Allyson Brooks [Moorestown], 2007
11- 0 … Katherine Gray [Triton], 2010
11- 0 … Elizabeth Douglas [West Deptford], 2015
11- 0 … Christina Kursewicz [Clearview], 2012
11- 0 … Elissa Ingram [Kingsway], 2011

Collingswood pole vaulter Fiona Basewitz moves up to all-time #11 in South Jersey history!

Collingswood senior Fiona Basewitz moved up to No. 1 on the all-time South Jersey pole vault performance list with an 11-1 clearance Saturday.

Basewitz won a terrific competition that saw three girls over 10 feet and two over 10-6 in the small-school division of the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.

Her mark is No. 2 in Camden County history, behind only Jennifer Scott’s 11-3 at the 2019 Haddonfield Invitational. Scott currently vaults for Bucknell.

It’s also No. 3 in the state this year and No. 1 in South Jersey.

Basewitz, who is committed to attend William and Mary, had cleared 11 feet twice – at the Vertical Adventures Beach Vault in Atlantic City in August of 2020, and again in a dual meet against Haddonfield last month.

Haddonfield senior Robin Rosen cleared an outdoor PR 10-6 for second place (she cleared 11-0 at the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze) and Audubon senior Sarah Parr cleared 10-0 for third. She’s cleared 11-2 indoors and 11-0 indoors at 2019 outdoor Group 1 sectionals at Washington Township.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey 11-foot list. The complete all-time top-50 can be found here.

13- 3 … Danielle O’Reilly [Shawnee], 2004
12- 7 1/2 … Ashley Preston [Delsea], 2018
12- 0 … Jessica Kloss [Moorestown], 2005
12- 0 … Brittney Raffo [Seneca], 2017
11-10 … Kaitlin Dermen [Millville], 2014
11- 6 … Lauren Tauscher [Moorestown], 2007
11- 4 … Melissa Gale [Millville], 2006
11- 3 … Jennifer Scott [Haddonfield], 2019
11- 2 … Tracey Masterson [Mainland Reg.], 2012
11- 1 3/4 … Kristin Weigel [Pennsville], 2010
11- 1 … Fiona Basewitz [Collingswood], 2021
11- 0 1/2 … Emily Waldron [Triton], 2014
11- 0 … Colleen McDowell [Seneca], 2011
11- 0 … Alexandra Elder [Moorestown], 2012
11- 0 … Casey Sturts [Buena], 2013
11- 0 … Alana Cohen [Cherry Hill East], 2018
11- 0 … Lindsey Michie [Northern Burlington], 2018
11- 0 … Sarah Parr [Audubon], 2019
11- 0 … Anna Heim [Moorestown], 2006
11- 0 … Allyson Brooks [Moorestown], 2007
11- 0 … Katherine Gray [Triton], 2010
11- 0 … Elizabeth Douglas [West Deptford], 2015
11- 0 … Christina Kursewicz [Clearview], 2012
11- 0 … Elissa Ingram [Kingsway], 2011