KINGSWAY’S KYLE RAKITIS RACES TO MEET OF CHAMPIONS 1,600 CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

Kingsway junior Kyle Rakitis ran 4:08.58 to win the 1,600 Saturday at the Meet of Champions at South Plainfield.

Rakitis led four runners under 4:10 and matched his PR that he set at sectionals two weeks ago.

He became the first South Jersey miler to win the Meet of Champions since Brett Johnson of Ocean City in 2008 and Kingsway’s first M-of-C winner also since 2008, when Robert Page won the 100 in 10.76.

His time is 5th-fastest in Meet of Champions history and fastest since Chris Marco of Toms River South ran a meet-record 4:07.31 to win the 2012 race. It’ fastest ever by a South Jersey runner, breaking the mark of 4:09.03 run by Johnson in 2008.

Rakitis, senior Edwin Klanka of St. Peter’s Prep and juniors Shane Brosnan of Union Catholic and Marco Langon of Bridgewater-Raritan all closed in under 60 seconds and all broke 4:10 in the fastest 1,600 or mile in Meet of Champions history.

Rakitis closed in 2:03.97 and 59.34 to hold off Klanke (4:09.42), Brosmnan (4:09.46) and Langon (4:09.47).

Klanka, Brosnan and Langon ran the 15th-, 16th- and 17th-fastest times in meet history.

It’s the first time ever four runners broke 4:09.50 in a Meet of Champions race.

Rakitis already ranked second in South Jersey history (and 23rd in state history) with his initial 4:08.58.

Here’s a look at all the sub-4:10 races (and converted miles) in meet history:

4:07.31 … Chris Marco [Toms River South], 2012 [1]
4:07.89 … Jim Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2010 [1]
4:08.11 … Liam Tansey [Morris Hills], 2009 [1]
4:08.28 … Steve Lewandowski [Mountain Lakes], 2012 [2]
4:08.58 … Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 2021 [1]
4:08.80 … Drew Maher [Shore Re. 2018 [1]
4:08.96 … Drake Anzano [CBA], 2016 [1]
4:09.03 … Brett Johnson [Ocean City], 2008 [1]
4:09.09 … George Kelly [CBA], 2012 [3]
4:09.14 … Sean Dolan [Hopewell Valley], 2019 [1]
4:09.19 … Elliot Gindi [Ocean Township], 2017 [1]
4:09.2c … Steve O’Connell [Millburn], 1976 [1]
4:09.20 … John Richardson [Ocean City], 2003 [1]
4:09.30 … Colin Baker Haddonfield], 2009 [2]
4:09.42 … Edwin Klanke [St. Peter’s]], 2021 [2]
4:09.46 … Shane Brosnan [Union Catholic], 2021 [3]
4:09.47 … Marco Langon [Bridgewater-Raritan], 2021 [4]
4:09.59 … Craig Forys [Colts Neck], 2007 [1]
4:09.62 … Blake Udland [Millburn], 2012 [4]
4:09.92 … Drew Maher [Shore Reg.], 2017 [2]

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