Kingsway’s Kyle Rakitis runs all-time South Jersey #5 time in Meet of Champions 1,600!!!!!!

Kingsway senior Kyle Rakitis ran one of the fastest 1,600s in South Jersey history Saturday at the 53rd annual Meet of Champions.

Racing on the slow, flat track at the Toms River Bubble, Rakitis placed 3rd in 4:12.55, breaking the Gloucester County record and moving into the No. 5 spot in South Jersey history.

His time was fast enough to win any of the previous Meet of Champions mile or 1,600 races in meet history.

Union Catholic senior Shane Brosnan won the race in 4:09.42, the fastest Meet of Champions time in 50 years and 2nd-fastest ever. Vince Cartier of Scotch Plains-Fanwood won the 1972 race at Jadwin Gym in 4:06.6 over a full mile. That broke the U.S. schoolboy record of 4:07.2 set in 1965 by Jim Ryan of Wichita East at the Kansas indoor state meet at Kansas State’s Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kans.

Collin Boler of Delbarton in Morristown took 2nd in 4:11.04 and Rakitis was 3rd. In all, nine runners broke 4:20 and seven ran sub-4:17 in the fastest Meet of Champion 1,600 ever.

The race produced three of the nine-fastest times in meet history. The fastest previous 2nd-place time was Jim Rosa’s 4:13.12 in 2009 behind Liam Tansey of Morris Hills, who ran 4:11.95, and the previous-fastest 3rd-place time was 4:14.9 full mile (converts to 4:13.5), run by Harry Kronick of Franklin in 1972 behind Cartier and Chris Inman of Essex Catholic, who also ran 4:14.9

Rakitis broke his own Gloucester County record of 4:16.59, which he set last week at the state Group 4 meet.

His time is No. 5 in South Jersey history and fastest in six years, since Greg Pelose of Haddonfield ran 4:13.40 for a full mile, which converts to 4:11.93 for 1,600 meters.

The race also produced the fastest 4th-, 5th -, 6th- and 7th-fastest times in meet history with Amiri Whittle of Hackensack 4th in 4:14.51, Nikhil Makker of West Windsor-Plainsboro North 5th in 4:14.71, Jacob Heredia of Clifton 6th in 4:16.24 and Colin Riley of Jonathan Dayton 7th in 4:16.51.

All-time South Jersey 1,600 list
4:09.96y … Miles Schoedler [Ocean City], 2011
4:11.03y … Brett Johnson [Ocean City], 2009
4:11.89y … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2015
4:11.93y … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield], 2016
4:12.55 … Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 2022
4:13.68y … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
4:13.87y … Stone Caraccio [Kingsway], 2020
4:14.1y … Marty Ludwikowski [C.H. West], 1975
4:15.2y … Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
4:15.52 … Bill Dolan [Clearview], 2014
4:16.0y … Greg Stremmel [Gateway], 1974
4:16.02 … Erik Johnson [Ocean City], 2012
4:16.3y … Rich Caton [Woodbury], 1979
4:16.61y … Jon Anderson [Cinnaminson], 2004
4:16.71y … Dave Forward [Shawnee], 2009
4:16.85 … Ben Potts [Haddonfield], 2011
4:16.9y … Bob Marino [Williamstown], 1974
4:17.1y … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1978
4:17.33y … Carmen Cavella [Washington Twp.], 2004
4:17.51y … Connor Melko [Bishop Eustace], 2019
4:17.67 … Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 2018
4:17.67y … Sebastien Reed [Pitman], 2020
4:17.98 … Seth Clevenger [Haddonfield], 2022
4:18.21y … Xavier Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2009
4:18.22 … Jacob Clark [Pleasantville], 2013
4:18.48 … Justin Kelly [Cherokee], 2018
4:18.50 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee], 2013
4:18.53y … Chris Platt [Haddonfield], 2001
4:18.4y … Al Harden [Millville], 1979
4:18.4h … Mike Myers [Eastern], 2001
4:18.70y … Ethan Wechsler [Cherokee], 2019
4:18.73 … Jacob Cobb [West Deptford], 2022
4:18.74 … George Andrus [Haddonfield], 2022
4:18.80y … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2020
4:18.83 … Tyler Jackson [Cherokee], 2020
4:19.03 … Noah Culbreath [Kingsway, 2014
4:19.40 … Justin Branco [Delsea], 2015
4:19.7y … Chris Hageman [Paul VI], 1985
4:19.96 … Robert Rawls [Triton], 2011
4:19.97 … Steve Burkholder [Cherokee], 2010

All-Time Meet of Champions Performance List
4:05.2h … Vince Cartier [Scotch Plains-Fanwood], 1972 [1]
4:09.42 … Shane Brosnan [Union Catholic], 2022 [1]
4:00.04 … Collin Boler [Delbarton], 2002
4:11.66 … Ben Malone [Pascack Valley], 2012 [1]
4:11.83 … Drew Maher [Shore Regional], 2018 [1]
4:11.95 … Liam Tansey [Morris Hills], 2009 [1]
4:12.54 … D.J. Thornton [Union Catholic], 2010 [1]
4:12.55 … Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 2022 [3]
4:12.90 … Will Baginski [Ridgewood], 2019 [1]
4:13.01 … Will Daly, River Dell, 2016 [1]
4:13.12 … Jim Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2009 [2]
4:13.21 … Pat Schellberg, Delbarton, 2010 [2]
4:13.2h … Bll Sieben [Union Catholic], 1970 [1]
4:13.44 … Colin Daly, River Dell, 2016 [2]
4:13.49 … George Kelly [Christian Brothers], 2012 [2]
4:13.5h … Chris Inman [Essex Catholic], 1972 [2]
4:13.5h … Harry Kronick [Franklin], 1972 [3]
4:13.7h … Dave Wall, Dickinson, 1973 [1]
4:13.9h … Chris Elliott, [Ramapo], 1970 [2]
4:14.18 … Greg Pelose [Haddonfield], 2016 [3]
4:14.20 … Mike McClemens [Christian Brothers], 2014 [1]
4:14.24 … Chris Romero [Voorhees], 2018 [2]
4:15.51 – Amiri Whittle [Hackensack], 2022 [4]
4:14.57 … Sam Macaluso [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2010 [3]
4:14.71 – Nikhil Makker [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2022 [5]

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