Paul VI’s Mike Mazero wins Ocean Breeze 300 with all-time S.J. #5 performance!!!

Paul VI senior Mike Mazero won the 300-meter dash at the Wayne Letwink Memorial Winter Championships Saturday with the No. 5 time in state history.

Mazero ran 34.39 at Ocean Breeze, breaking the Paul VI school record of 35.08 set in 2017 by Antonio Tarantino on the same track on Staten Island, N.Y.

The 300, once contested at every indoor meet, is only run sporadically now, but Mazero won the race over a field of 91 entrants, edging Nick Givan of Union Catholic by a quarter of a second. Givan was second in 34.65.

In his last race at the 300-meter distance, Mazero ran a PR 36.03 at Ocean Breeze two years ago.

His time is No. 14 nationally, according to MileSplit’s U.S. performance list. It’s also No. 14 in state history.

Mazero also placed 3rd in the 55-meter dash with another personal best of 6.65. His previous PR was a 6.71 two years ago at Ocean Breeze. That’s No. 3 in South Jersey so far this year, behind Kingsway junior Damon Dukes Jr. [6.60] and Willingboro senior Miles Allen [6.61]. RV senior Masai Byrd has also run 6.65.

Here’s the all-time New Jersey sub-35 list:

33.26 … Mario Heslop [Franklin Twp.], 2018
33.50 … Zyaire Clemes [Trenton], 2014
33.62 … Taylor McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015
33.79 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
33.94 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
33.96 … Adian Sanderson [Ewing], 2004
34.04 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
34.05 … Akeem Lindo [East Orange], 2017
34.12 … Najee Glass [St. Peter’s Prep], 2012
34.20 … Isaiah Gill [Plainfield], 2009
34.23 … Shamali Whittle [Hamilton North], 2022
34.25 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
34.35 … Jordan Jimerson [Union Catholic], 2013
34.39 … Mike Mazero Paul VI], 2022
34.51 … Gary Satterwhite [Rahway], 1985
34.52 … Brandon Moorer [Seton Hall Prep], 2016
34.3h … Garrett Kroner [Indian Hills], 2006
34.59 … Jessie Legister [Montclair], 2020
34.62 … Zachery Hill [Matawan], 2018
34.62 … Naija Omari [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2013
34.67 … Andrew Burt [Lacey Twp.], 2009
34.83 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1995
34.85 … Isaiah Sanchez [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2019
34.87 … Daniel Duncan [North Plainfield], 2020
34.90 … Christian Kildal-Brandt [Mendham], 2015
34.91 … Kevin Sembrat [Rahway], 2018
34.7h … Damien Miles [Teaneck], 2008
34.98 … Richie Luzzi-Liggins [St. Peter’s Prep], 2019

And here’s the all-time South Jersey sub-36 list:

33.79 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
33.94 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
34.04 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 198
34.25 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
34.39 … Mike Mazero Paul VI], 2022
34.83 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1995
35.08 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2011
35.08 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI], 2017
35.14 … Dennis Davis [Edgewood], 1999
35.15 … Ahmad Brown [Holy Spirit], 2020
35.19 … Jade Smith [Camden], 1999
35.38 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2018
35.42 … Alex Dessoye [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
35.45 … Terrell Lane [Highland], 2009
35.45 … Tarence Walker [Pleasantville], 2016
35.47 … Zach Murray [Haddonfield], 2019
35.55 … Elias Rivera [Millville], 2020
35.67 … Curtis McIntyre [Bridgeton], 1992
35.86 … Zion Fearon [Clearview], 2019
35.97 … Brian Brown [Paul VI], 2017

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