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.