Just a few days after one Gloucester County alum broke Monmouth’s freshman mile record, another Gloucester County alum broke it again.
Last weekend, Pitman graduate Sebastien Reed ran 4:12.15 at Ocean Breeze to break the Monmouth University freshman class mile record of 4:14.57, set in January 2019 by Louis DiLaurenzio of Raritan High, also at Ocean Breeze.
On Friday, Kingsway graduate Stone Caraccio, another Monmouth freshman, shattered Reed’s record when he ran 4:11.49 at the Great Dane Classic, also at Ocean Breeze.
Caraccio’s time is No. 7 in Monmouth history and 2nd-fastest ever by a South Jersey runner. Ford Palmer of Absegami ran 4:00.46 at the NYU Fasttrack Team Challenge at the Armory in 2013. Palmer went on to run 3:55.60 outdoors in 2016, fastest ever by a South Jersey native.
Last weekend, Caraccio ran an indoor PR of 1:53.58 for 800 meters, No. 3 in the Metro Atlantic Conference this indoor season.
In his only previous collegiate mile, Caraccio ran 4:20.25 at Lehigh earlier this month.
Caraccio’s previous full mile PR was a 4:15.35 as a Kingsway senior in February 2020 at the Millrose Games at the Armory.
He ran 4:13.46 for 1,600 meters outdoors at the 2019 state Group 4 meet at Franklin Township High, which is equivalent to a 4:14.93 full mile (although technically you can’t convert into a longer distance).
Caraccio’s time ranks No. 3 this year in the MAC, behind Siena sophomore Brandon Olden [4:07.67] and DiLaurenzio [4:10.76].
Caraccio and Reed are the only MAC freshmen under 4:16.
In the same race that Caraccio ran 4:11, Lenape graduate Kevin Lauer, a Rowan junior, ran a PR 4:17.79. His previous mile PR was a 4:19.66 from a week earlier, also at Ocean Breeze. He ran 4:18.96 for 1,600 meters outdoors and 4:22.24 indoors at Lenape.
Another South Jersey runner on the MAC top-10 so far this season is Rider senior Ben Woodward from highland, who ran a PR 4:17.11 earlier this month at – where else – Ocean Breeze. He’s No. 9 on the MAC performance list.