MICHAEL MAZERO WINS 400, BECOMES PAUL VI’S 1ST INDOOR MEET OF CHAMPIONS WINNER!!!!!!!

Michael Mazero ran away from a loaded 400-meter dash field Saturday to become the first indoor Meet of Champions winner in Paul VI history.

Mazero ran an indoor PR of 49.02, finishing five meters ahead of Pennsauken junior Bryce Tucker, who was second at the Bubble with an indoor PR of his own at 49.59. Another Pennsauken junior, Premier Wynn – seeded 7th – took 3rd in a PR 49.66 and Pleasantville junior Xander Roberts-Bogin, the Easterns champ, made it a South Jersey sweep of the top four places in 50.10.

His time is No. 16 in South Jersey history and No. 5 in Camden County history.

Mazero’s previous PR was a 49.33 when he won the state Parochial A title last weekend.

The only other Paul VI Meet of Champions individual winners came outside: Ron Faith won the 1,600 in 1986, Jason DiJoseph won the 3,200 in 1987 and the 1,600 in 1988 and Antonio Tarantino in the 200 in 2018.

Mazero’s 49.02 is 14th-fastest in the Meet of Champions’ 53-year history and fastest by a South Jersey runner in 31 years, since Olympic gold medalist Lamont Smith of Willingboro won the 1991 race at Jadwin Gym in 48.66.

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey quarter-milers to win the indoor Meet of Champions title:

1981: Kevin Overton [West Deptford], 50.1h
1984: Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 49.3h
1985: Brian Bennett [Edgewood], 49.5h
1990: William Mobley [Eastern], 49.80
1991: Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 48.68
1992: Curt McIntyre [Bridgeton], 50.02
1994: Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 50.06
1995: Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 49.92
1998: Rob Gary [Lenape], 49.53
1999: Nick Brown [Bridgeton], 49.76
2000: Mohammad Kanu [Lenape], 50.18
2001: Marvin Lewis [Willingboro], 50.13
2012: Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 49.11
2017: Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 49.17
2022: Michael Mazero [Paul VI], 49.02

And here are the fastest times in meet history:

48.26 … Zyaire Clemes [Trenton], 2013 [1]
48.33 … Taylor McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015 [1]
48.48 … Najee Glass [St. Peter’s Prep], 2011 [1]
48.50 … Lance Wigfall [East Orange], 2003 [1]
48.58 … Chinedu Amonu [Ewing], 2013 [2]
48.66 … Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991 [1]
48.66 … Adam Gorka [South Brunswick], 2020 [1]
48.71 … Mario Heslop [Franklin Twp.], 2018 [1]
48.77 … Nasir Haines [Freehold Twp.], 2015 [2]
48.92 … Charles Cox [Monmouth], 2007 [1]
48.98 … Nadale Buntin [J.P. Stevens], 2018 [2]
49.0h … Dave Law [Snyder], 1973 [1]
49.02 … Michael Mazero [Paul VI], 2022 [1]
49.04 … Leonard Robbins [East Brunswick], 2011 [2]
48.9h … Tony Valentine [Plainfield], 1983 [q]
49.11 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012 [1]
49.16 … Bryant McCombs [Old Bridge], 2006 [1]
49.17 … Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017 [1]
49.19 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017 [2]
49.29 … Devon Artis [Shabazz], 2011 [3]
49.31 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hil East], 2011 [4]
49.31 … Clayton Gravesande [Franklin], 2010 [1]

And the all-time South Jersey indoor list:
47.90 … Brandon Outlaw [Moorestown], 2018
48.27 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
48.36 … Mohammad Kanu [Lenape], 2000
48.45 … Xander Roberts-Bogin [Pleasantville], 2022
48.48 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
48.50 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2013
48.55 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1995
48.64 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2010
48.68 … Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991
48.74 … John Morris [Camden], 2001
48.75 … Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017
48.79 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], 2020
48.7h … Curt Mcintyre [Bridgeton], 1992
48.91 … Marlin Gross [Bridgeton], 2001
48.91 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
49.02 … Michael Mazero [Paul VI], 2022
49.03 … Ian Moore [Lenape], 2001
49.05 … William Mobley [Eastern], 1990
49.11 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012
49.13 … Eric Chekemian [Washington Twp.], 2001
49.19 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
49.1h … Antonio Abney [Willingboro], 2007

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