Rancocas Valley juniors Masai Byrd and Herbert Quarterman and seniors James McGhee and Isaiah Arzu finished the season in style with a win in the 400-meter relay at the Meet of Champions.
R.V. edged Montclair (42.24) and Mount Olive (42.29), with Deptford fourth in 42.42. The Red Devils were the top seed with a 42.08 at states.
This is the second time Rancocas Valley has won the M-of-C 400-meter relay since the event was added in 2010. The 2015 team of JeSean Foster, Shaun Bradley, Dyson Scott, Sterling Pierce ran 42.03, the school record until Saturday at South Plainfield.
R.V. ran three loaded 4-by-1’s this year and ran them all in 42.11 or faster. Those wound up being the three-fastest times by any New Jersey schools this year.
South Jersey has dominated the race, winning nine of the 11 times it’s been contested. List below.
R.V.’s time is No. 2 in Burlington County history and fastest by any Burlington County school in 39 years, since Willingboro ran 41.69 in the Championship of America race at the 1982 Penn Relays, where they placed second to Camperdown of Jamaica, which ran 41.49. Lance Reed, George McKey, Damon Chambers and Derek Streater.
Meet of Champions 400-Meter Relay
2010 … Delsea, 42.22
2011 … Oakcrest, 41.83
2012 … Oakcrest, 42.09
2013 … Timber Creek, 41.50
2014 … Timber Creek, 41.45
2015 … Rancocas Valley, 42.03
2016 … Pennsauken, 41.85
2017 … Franklin Twp., 41.49
2018 … Deptford, 41.47
2019 … Nottingham, 41.71
2020 … Not held
2021 … Rancocas Valley, 41.99