Egg Harbor Township senior Ahmad Brock moved into the No. 1 spot in South Jersey in the 100-meter dash with his win at the Atlantic County Championships Thursday.
Brock came into this spring season with a PR of 11.27 from sophomore year South Jersey Group 4 sectionals at Washington Township. He missed the entire 2020 outdoor season, like everybody else, then went sub-11 for the first time just two weeks ago in a dual meet at Seneca.
He lowered that to 10.82 in the trials on Thursday before his breakthrough 10.74 in the finals, where he won a fast race with Absegami senior Sahmir Brown, who was second in 10.88. Mainland junior Cody Pierce wasn’t far back in third in 11.07.
Brown ran 10.97 in the trials for her first sub-11 race, and Pierce also PR’d twice, with 11.21 in the trials and his 11.07 in the final.
Brock now ranks tied for second in New Jersey this year behind Fitzroy Ledgister of St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City, who ran 10.60 at the South Hudson Championships at Kearny two weeks ago. Shamali Whittle of Hamilton North also ran 10.74 in a meet at Hopewell Valley a couple weeks ago.
Brown is up to No. 8 in the state. On the South Jersey list, Brown is No. 1, Brown is No. 4 and Pierce is No. 10 and No. 5 among underclassmen.
The Atlantic County all-time list is impressive, with 13 sprinters (from eight different schools!) at 10.74 or better. But Brock is fastest from Atlantic County since Rocco Ordille of St. Joe’s-Hammonton ran 10.65 at the 2014 Cape-Atlantic League Championships at EHT.
10.54 … Fabian Santiago [Oakrest], 2010
10.57 … Geoff Navaro [Absegami], 2008
10.63 … John Stone [Mainland Reg.], 1997
10.64 … Jeremy Cooper [Mainland Reg.], 1997
10.65 … Rocco Ordille [St. Joe’s-Hammonton], 2014
10.67 … T.J. Johnson [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2009
10.68 … Tim Athill [Pleasantville], 1998
10.69 … Charles Fields [Wildwood Catholic], 2018
10.69 … Darnell Charles [Oakcrest], 2012
10.72 … Reginald Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
10.74 … Don Brooks [Pleasantville], 1988
10.74 … Steve Cirino [Buena], 2001
10.74 … Ahmad Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2021
Click here for the all-time South Jersey top-50.
Brock also won the 200 and the triple jump.
He won the 200 with a PR of 22.16, a big drop from his previous PR of 22.16. Pierce was second at 22.45, another PR for him.
And he was first in the triple jump with a 44-1 1/2, which is a bit off his season best and PR of 46-11 from last week, which is No. 4 in New Jersey this year, No. 21 in South Jersey history and No. 2 ever by an Atlantic County jumper.
In the 4-by-4, Brock ran a 49.4 anchor on EHT’s 3rd-place team, with also included sophomore D.J. Germann, junior Aidan Winkler and senior Nicolas Valdivieso.
Also for EHT, junior Malachi Wesley doubled the hurdles (15.09, 1:01.56), Valdivieso won the 1,600 (4:33.06), junior James Mahana threw 49-3 3/4 for first in the shot and freshman Chase Mazur, senior C.J. Lamonica, freshman Amir Halim and sophomore Richard Axelsson won the 4-by-800
The Eagles won the team title 178-71 over Oakcrest.