Winslow graduate Nylah Perry runs big 400IH PR for Iowa at Big Ten Championships!!!!!

Nylah Perry dipped under a minute in the intermediate hurdles this weekend for the first time.

Perry, a Winslow graduate and freshman at Iowa, ran 59.67 in the trials of the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis.

Her previous PR was a 1:00.59 just two weeks earlier at a meet in Iowa City and before that 1:01.95 from earlier in April in Tucson.

Perry missed qualifying for the final by less than half a second. Her time in the trials would have placed her 6th in the final

Her high school PR was 1:02.00 from junior year of high school in the spring of 2019, which was the last time she competed outdoors. She ran 1:02.00 when she won Group 4 sectionals at Delsea.

So she’s now improved nearly 2 ½ seconds since April 9.

As of now, Perry is ranked No. 45 in the NCAA Western Region. The top 48 qualify for the NCAA West Region Preliminary scheduled for May 25-28 at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark. The top 12 in each of two regions advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene in June.

CINNAMINSON GRAD MIKE UNGVARSKY SHATTERS S.J. STEEPLECHASE RECORD WITH ALL-TIME #5 TIME IN DUKE HISTORY, QUALIFIES FOR NCAA REGIONALS!!!!!!

Cinnaminson graduate Mike Ungvarsky, in his first race since suffering a stress fracture in March, ran the fastest steeplechase ever by a South Jersey alum.

Ungvarsky, a grad student at Duke, ran 8:46.16 at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Duke’s Morris Williams Track and Field Stadium in Durham.

It was only his second race this spring and first since March 25, when he ran 8:53.10 in the steeple at the Raleigh Relays.

His time is No. 17 in the NCAA East Region and qualifies him for the NCAA East Preliminary.

Ungvarsky closed in 4:38.82 for his final 1,600, 2:16.41 for his final 800 and 65.84 for his final 400.

Ungvarsky’s time is No. 5 in Duke history.

When Ungvarsky ran 8:53.10, that broke the South Jersey alumni record of 8:53.66 set by Shawnee graduate Connor Herr at the 2015 Penn Relays when he ran for Michigan.

But Sam Gerstenbacher – a Schalick and Elizabethtown graduate – ran 8:51.03 at Princeton in April to claim the record from Ungvarsky, who then reclaimed it this past weekend.

This was only Ungvarsky’s second steeple since the 2019 outdoor season. His PR before this spring was 9:02.04 from the 2019 Penn Relays.

The top 48 competitors in each individual NCAA event qualify for two NCAA preliminary meets the weekend of May 25-28. Duke is in the East Region, so Ungvarsky will race in the NCAA East Preliminary at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.

The top 12 finishers in each of the two preliminary meets advance to the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.

Eastern’s Jailya Ash runs UConn’s fastest 100HH time in 12 years, takes 2nd at Big East Championships!!!!!!

What a huge weekend for Eastern graduate Jailya Ash, a freshman at UConn.

Ash PR’d in the 100-meter hurdles and placed second at the Big East Championships in Storrs and also anchored the Huskies’ 2nd-place 400-meter relay team.

Ash ran 13.58 in the hurdles final, finishing second to Villanova sophomore Jane Livingson, who ran 13.47. Ash’s PR coming into the meet was a 13.64 at Navy just three weeks ago. She ran 13.65 in the prelims before her big race in the final.

Her time is fastest by a UConn hurdler in 12 years and it ranks 13th among all NCAA Division 1 freshmen hurdlers.

I would love to tell you where Ash’s 13.58 ranks in Connecticut history, but the UConn web site is one of the few Division 1 sites that doesn’t provide all-time top-10 lists. There is a 2015 media guide – that’s the most recent one on the site – but, alas, it doesn’t have any all-time performance lists. I can’t even find school records on the site. Disappointing.

But I can tell you after going through all the recent UConn pages on the Track and Field Results Reporting System that her 13.58 is fastest by a UConn hurdler since Madalayne Smith ran 13.47 at the 2012 Big East Championships in Tampa. But her mark was wind-aided (2.9 meters-per-second).

The last faster wind-legal mark by a UConn hurdler is a 13.39 by Phylicia George at the 2010 Big East meet in Cincinnati. There is a 2012 media guide buried deep within UConn’s web site and it lists that mark as the school record. Since we’ve determined nobody’s run faster since, that has to remain the school record, although that’s a apparently a deep dark secret in Storrs. That doesn’t mean Ash’s 13.58 is necessarily No. 2 in school history because there could have been marks between 13.39 and 13.58 before 2010, which is as far back as TFRRS goes.

But it is a heck of a performance by Ash, whose high school PR was a 14.02 from just this past June when she won the Meet of Champions in South Plainfield. She doubled the 55 and hurdles at the indoor M-of-C last year at Ocean Breeze.

Ash’s older sister Jewel is a sophomore at Charleston Southern and is ranked 19 among U.S. women in the 400 hurdles at 57.16.

Jaden Johnson, Chace Pearson, Zyheem Coleman Frazier lead Timber Creek to dominating Camden County large-school triumph!!!!!

Versatile senior Jaden Johnson won the high jump and triple jump and placed fourth in the long jump and javelin Saturday to lead Timber Creek to the Camden County Large-School Championship at Haddon Township.

Johnson cleared 6-2 in the high jump, leaped 45-9 ½ in the triple jump, hit 20-2 ½ in the long jump and threw 139-5 in the javelin.

Timber Creek outscored 2nd-place Sterling 114 1/3 to 84, with Pennsauken third with 68 points competing without Bryce Tucker, who is healthy but was resting.

Senior Chace Pearson won the long jump with a 21-2 ½ and ran 16.12 for second in the 110-meter hurdles, and junior Zyheem Coleman Frazier won the 100 in 11.14 and placed 3rd in the 200 in 23.58.

Johnson, Pearson and Coleman Frazier combined to score 66 of Timber Creek’s 114 1/3 points.

Senior Austin Brown, Coleman Frazier, sophomore Bobby Wakefield and sophomore Nasir Ali ran 3:27.98 to win the 1,600-meter relay

Brown also ran 50.04 for 2nd in the 400 and 23.71 for 5th in the 200, and Ali finished just behind Brown in the 400, taking 3rd in 50.66.

Wakefield took 3rd in the 800 in 2:00.87, and senior Cole Mylan clocked 9:48.42 for 4th in the 3,200.

Junior Darien Cade threw 44-7 ¼ for second place in the shot put and 144-2 for second in the javelin, finishing behind only Sterling senior Rob Carter in both throws.

Carter won the javelin with a 149-2 and the shot at 44-10 and was second in the discus with a 126-0 throw.

With Tucker taking the weekend off to prepare for sectionals and states, junior Premier Wynn took center stage for Pennsauken and tripled the 200, 400 and intermediates. He ran 23.24 in the 200, 48.96 and 54.74 in the intermediates. Only four underclassmen in the state have run sub-55 in the intermediates, and two of them run for Pennsauken.

Other winners: Cherry Hill sophomore East Ari Greenberg ran 1:59.17 to win the 800, Haddonfield junior George Andrus ran a solo 4:17.88 in the 1,600, Haddonfield’s George Andrus won the 3,200 in 4:17.88, senior Seth Clevenger ran an all-time South Jersey No. 10 9:03.65 to win the 3,200 [https://sjtrackblog.com/2022/05/14/seth-clevenger-moves-into-s-j-all-time-top-10-with-blazing-3200-at-camden-county-meet/], Eastern senior A.J. Brooks ran 15.25 and was first in the 110 highs, Cherry Hill East senior Noah Kriesman with 14-0 in the pole vault and Haddonfield junior Christopher Clax with a 132-4 in the javelin.

Rancocas Valley grad Sydne Nance PRs at IC4A/ECAC Championships, breaks NJIT school record again!!!

Rancocas Valley grad Sydne Nance ran a 400 PR and broke the school record Sunday at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Williamsburg, Va.

Nance, a senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, placed 5th in 55.08 after a 55.24 in the trials on Saturday. That tied her PR set just last week in trials at the America East Championships in Burlington, Vt. She ran slightly slower – 55.36 – placing 3rd in the final.

The 55.08 lowered her own school record.

Nance came into the spring season with a PR of 56.92 from May of 2019, when she ran 56.92 at the ASUN Championships in Jacksonville.

The meet was held at Walter J. Zable Stadium on the William and Mary campus. IC4A stands for Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, and ECAC stands for Eastern College Athletic Conference.

KINGSWAY GRAD KYLIE ANICIC SWEEPS THE 1,500, 5,000 AND 10,000 AT PSAC CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR EDINBORO!!!!!!

It was quite a three days for Kingsway graduate Kylie Anicic, who recorded a grueling triple distance win at the PSAC meet.

Anicic, a sophomore at NCAA Division 2 Edinboro in Northwestern Pennsylvania, won the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships at Biemsderfer Stadium at Millersville University from Thursday through Saturday.

Anicic got started Thursday with the 10,000, and she ran 36:48.38 and won by 120 meters over Marianne Abdalah of Slippery Rock, who was 2nd in 37:11.63.

Abdalah led through 7,600 meters with Anicic content to sit in second and wait. She inched into the lead on the 20th lap and then took off with 2,000 meters to go. After 18 consecutive laps between 1:27.77 and 1:31.35 she ran her 22nd lap in 1:22.11, losing Abdalah, building a and taking command of the race.

She built a 40-meter lead within the span of 600 meters and continued to press the pace, closing in 5:40.58 for her final mile.

The way the schedule fell, she didn’t race on Friday but had the 1,500 and 5,000 on Saturday less than 2 ½ hours apart.

The 1,500 was first, early in the afternoon, and she won comfortably in 4:37.92 over Sydney Wolf of Seton Hill, who was second in 4:39.42.

A modest early pace fell into Anicic’s hands, since the last thing you want to do when you’re tripling if you have the ability to sit and kick is run fast.

With two laps to go, 12 women were between 2:15 and 2:16.9, but Anicic stayed near the front and after a 75.92 she closed in 66.97 and won by eight meters. She ran her final 800 in 2:22.89.

After a quick rest and recovery, it was time for the 5,000, which started at about 3:05 p.m. – a little over two hours after the 1,500 ended.

With no additional races to rest for, Anicic took the lead earlier in the 5,000, moving past Hannah Smrcka on the fourth lap and staying in front the rest of the way, winning by 50 meters in 17:21.02. Smrcka was second in 17:30.98.

Anicic and Smrcka stayed together until four laps to go, when Anicic used a 83.91 to build a 15-meter lead. She gradually built on it, closing in 5:31.84, 2:44.16 and 80.49.

Anicic raced a total of 16,500 meters over the course of the meet, which is 10 ¼ miles. Factor in warm-ups, cool-downs and probably an easy shakeout run on Friday and that’s a lot of running and racing over a three-day period.

She scored 30 of Edinboro’s 63 points in the meet.

This was Anicic’s first season of outdoor track since 2019, when she was a freshman at Towson. She ran 5:07.11 and 11:09.09 at Kingsway, then briefly played soccer at Temple before transferring to Towson for track. She finally found a home at Edinboro last spring but was ineligible to compete until this past indoor season.

She won three events – the mile, 3,000 and 5,000 – at the PSAC indoor championships and also anchored the winning distance medley, so she’s now 7-for-7 in conference meets since arriving at Edinboro.

Anicic has PRs of 4:30.52 from a meet in Charlotte, N.C., in March; 16:39.84 from a meet in Morgantown, W. Va., in late April; and 34:37.31 from a meet in Lewisburg, Pa., in mid-April.

She’s ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division 2 in the 10,000 and will race in the NCAA Championships May 26-28 at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.

I spent about 20 minutes trying to find an order of events to tell you what day the 10,000 is but it’s listed anywhere not on the horrible NCAA web site and the Grand Valley web site directs you to the horrible NCAA site, and a meet schedule apparently doesn’t exist, but if they use the same schedule as last year the 10,000 will be on May 26 around 8 p.m.

Huge 800 PR for Kingsway’s Stone Caraccio at Princeton, #6 in Monmouth history!!!!

Big 800 PR for Kingsway graduate Stone Caraccio Saturday.

Caraccio, a freshman at Monmouth, ran 1:50.83 at the Princeton Elite Invitational at Weaver Stadium.

His previous PR was 1:51.84 last month at the Lehigh Track and Field Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

His time is No. 6 in school history. Teammate Louis DiLaurenzio ran a PR 1:49.52 in the same race, No. 2 in school history behind Dylan Capwell’s 1:47.20 in 2019.

Caraccio has also moved up to No. 8 in Monmouth history in the mile this spring with a 4:11.49 indoors.

At Kingsway, Caraccio had PRs of 1:54.53 for 800 meters and 4:13.46 for 1,600 meters, which is equivalent to a 4:14.93 full mile.

Haddon Township girls pile up the points on way to Camden County Small-School team championship!!!!!

Junior Lilli Santomaura led a 1-2 finish in the long jump, placed 2nd in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on the 3rd-place 1,600-meter relay team to lead Haddon Township to the team title in the small-school Division 1 competition at the Camden County Championships Saturday.

Haddon Township piled up 102 points at its home facility, and Audubon edged Paul VI 68-65 for second place.

Santomaura won the long jump at 16-8 ½, and junior teammate Hailey Bresch was second with a 16-0 ¼ jump. Santomaura ran 12.70 in the 100 and 26.11 in the 200, finishing behind Camden Catholic junior Olivia Bent-Cole in both. Bent-Cole ran 12.56 and 25.49.

Township juinior Meghan Lex won the 3,200 in 11:54.30 and placed 3rd in the 1,600 in 5:37.03. Paul VI sophomore Shaelan McNally ran 5:09.70 to win the 1,600.

Freshman Jessica McGary jumped 32-7 ¾ to win the triple jump and cleared 4-8 for 2nd place in the high jump.

Senior Kaelin Marshall placed 2nd in the 400 hurdles in 1:09.38 and was 5th in the 100 hurdles in 18.61, freshman Maddie Kamulda and senior Grace Gentlesk took 4th and 5th in the javelin with throws of 81-5 and 78-6.

Junior Sara Weideman ran 2:33.09 for 2nd in the 800, sophomore Genevieve Gentlesk was 4th in the 3,200 in 12:37.85, and Santomaura, Marshall, junior Elise Curran and Weideman ran 4:34.82 for 3rd in the 1,600-meter relay.

Audubon Aysiah Maldonado tripled the throws, winning the shot put with a 30-11 shot put, the discus at 102-6 and the javelin at 107-10.

Collingswood Mia McConnell doubled the hurdles races, winning the highs in 17.45 and the intermediates in 1:07.29.

Other winners were Paul VI freshman Anna Marie Brown [PR 59.35 in 400], Camden Catholic junior Leah Clear [2:31.18 in 800] and Paul VI junior Kamryn Cieslik [PR 5-2 ¼ high jump].

Also, Camden won the 1,600-meter relay in 4:20.62 with junior Deonna Fooks-Benbow, freshman Denirah Jones and seniors Jakara Nock and Ciani Pruitt.

Winslow’s Tionna Tobias sets heptathlon PR for Iowa at Big Ten Championships!!!!!

Tionna Tobias set a lifetime best in the heptathlon with a 6th-place finish over the last two days at the Big Ten Championships.

Tobias scored 5,124 points in the seven-event two-day challenge at the Big Ten Championships at the University of Minnesota Track Complex in Minneapolis.

Tobias set PRs in two events and beat her PR of 5,083 points from last year’s Big Ten meet, where she placed ninth.

Her final point total of 5,124 points is No. 5 on the all-time Iowa performance list.

Tobias opened with a fast hurdles race, running 13.68 for 1,024 points. That’s only 10-100ths of a second off her lifetime best of 13.58 from last year’s Big Ten Invite in Bloomington, Ind.

She cleared 5-5 in the high jump on her third attempt for 795 points to give her 1,819 after two events.

Next up was the shot put, and Tobias got off a big PR of 35-7 ¾ on her final attempt for 586 points. Her previous PR was 32-6 ¼ at indoor Big Ten’s at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, in February. Her previous outdoor best was a 30-0 ¾ at last year’s outdor Big Ten meet in Champaign, Ill. That put her at 2,405 points through three events.

In the 200, Tobias ran 25.37 to score 853 points and give her 3,258 through seven events at the end of Day 1 with the long jump, javelin and 800 remaining.

Tobias opened up Day 2 in scary fashion, fouling on her first two attempts in the long jump. One more foul would have been disaster. That means no points and there’s no reason to continue in the event. But on her third and final jump, she sailed 18-2 ½ for 715 points.

From there it was off to the javelin, where she recorded her second throws PR of the weekend with a 92-1 for 440 points. Her previous javelin PR was a 79-9 last year at Big Tens.

That left the 800, and Tobias earned 711 more points after a 2:28.58, giving her a total of 5,124 points.

SETH CLEVENGER MOVES INTO S.J. ALL-TIME TOP 10 WITH BLAZING 3,200 AT CAMDEN COUNTY MEET!!!!!!!!!!

Haddonfield senior Seth Clevenger ran the 10th-fastest 3,200 in South Jersey history Saturday morning.

Clevenger, racing unpressed, solo’d a 9:03.65 at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township..

That’s fastest by a South Jersey runner since Haddon Township’s Luke Petela ran 8:58.32 to win the 2015 Meet of Champions in South Plainfield. It’s 2nd-fastest by a South Jersey two-miler in the last 20 years and only 3 ½ seconds off the school record of 9:00.3 – converted from two miles – by legendary Jim Smith 42 years ago.

Clevenger’s previous PR was 9:08.89 at the indoor Meet of Champions in March at the Bubble, and his outdoor PR was a 9:12.99 at Cherokee Night of 3200s in April.

Clevenger was out in 64.33, 2:12.28, 3:20.85 and 4:28.54 and came back in 67.56, 2:16.33, 3:29.07 and 2:35.11.

He won by 150 meters over Triton senior Dennis Fortuna, who ran an outdoor PR of 9:20.93 for second.

All-Time South Jersey Sub-9:10 list
8:55.43 … Murad Campbell [Overbrook], 1999
8:58.32 … Luke Petela [Haddon Twp.], 2015
8:59.6y … Mike Butynes [Sterling], 1972
8:59.8y … Jason DeJoseph [Paul VI], 1987
9:00.3y … Jim Smith [Haddonfield], 1980
9:00.30 … Jimmy Daniels [Sterling], 2013
9:01.89 … Marc Pelerin [Cherokee], 2002
9:01.9y … Mike Mantini [Gateway], 1979
9:03.1y … Jerry Andrews [Highland], 1979
9:03.65 … Seth Clevenger [Haddonfield], 2022
9:03.7y … Ed Blakeley [Haddon Twp.], 1975
9:03.9h … Mike Elder [Haddon Twp.], 1973
9:04.05 … Shawn Wilson [Cherokee], 2013
9:04.94 … Louis Corgiano [Hammonton], 2014
9:05.12 … Sean MacPherson [Sterling], 2015
9:05.98 … Steve Maine [Highland], 2014
9:06.2y … Greg Stremmel [Gateway], 1974
9:06.47 … Jonathan Vitez [Haddonfield], 2010
9:06.52 … Connor Melko [Bishop Eustace], 2019
9:06.70 … Joshua Clark [Highland], 2016
9:07.03 … Greg Hughes [Mainland], 2004
9:07.2h … Ron Faith [Paul VI], 1985
9:07.2h … Kevin Pumphrey [Highland], 1986
9:07.42 … Aaron Groff [Cherry Hill East], 2016
9:07.7h … Marty Ludwikowski [Cherry Hill West], 1975
9:08.22 … Jon Anderson [Cinnaminson], 2004
9:09.27 … David Forward [Shawnee], 2009
9:09.38 … Kevin Antczak [Mainland Reg.], 2019
9:09.80 … Todd Campbell [Cinnaminson], 2009