Pitman’s Sebastien Reed continued his torrid indoor season Saturday evening with a massive 5,000 PR and the No. 2 performance in Monmouth history.
Reed, a freshman at Monmouth, won the 5,000 at the Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University in 14:22.05.
Reed’s previous PR was 15:21.23 from a meet this past spring at Lafayette University in Easton, Pa.
A week after breaking Monmouth’s freshman record in the 3,000 and two weeks after breaking the freshman mile record (since broken by former Gloucester County rival Stone Caraccio of Kingsway), Reed broke Monmouth’s freshman 5,000 record of 14:43.60, set in by Khari Bowen at the 2012 Great Dane Classic at the Armory.
The only faster time in Monmouth history belongs to Kyle Mueller, who ran 14:07.39 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Armory in February of 2020. Mueller graduated from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Stafford Township and ran for Brick Memorial.
Reed won by just over a second over Bobby Hastie of St. Joe’s, a Robbinsville graduate.
Reed’s complete 200-meter splits can be found in the official results here, but he was out in 35.88 for his first 200, then ran his 800s in 2:19.47, 2:18.33, 2:18.02, 2:19.00, 2:19.71 and 2:11.74, closing in 62.78 for his final 400 and 30.74 for his final 200.
Hasty led virtually the entire race, and he closed in 63.70 and 30.92 but not quite enough to hold off Reed’s kick.
Reed’s time is No. 4 in the MAAC this season and fastest by a freshman. It’s fastest by a MAAC freshman since 2018, when Iona’s Jamie Dee of Welwyn, England, ran 14:04.71 in Seattle.
St. Joe’s freshman Aidan Groff of Cherry Hill East placed 9th in a personal best of 15:17.86.