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.

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