HADDONFIELD’S SETH CLEVENGER TAKES 6TH AT NATIONALS WITH #2 MILE IN SOUTH JERSEY HISTORY

A day after winning the Meet of Champions 3,200, Haddonfield senior Seth Clevenger ran one of the fastest miles in New Jersey history.

Despite not being assigned to the fast heat, Clevenger placed 6th out of 59 of the top runners in the country in the mile, earning All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals at Franklin Field.

His time of 4:08.67 is No. 2 in South Jersey history and No. 16 in New Jersey history.

Clevenger broke the 49-year-old Camden County record of 4:10.2 set in 1973 by Haddon Township’s Mike Elder at the 1973 Delaware Valley Meet of Champions – also at Franklin Field. Elder placed 2nd to Eric Beam of Springfield (Delaware County) High, who ran 4:09.5.

The Iowa State signee won the 4th of five mile sections Sunday, leading four runners under 4:10, including New Jersey rivals Jimmy Wischusen, a sophomore at Union Catholic in Scotch Plains, and Collin Boler, a junior at Delbarton in Morristown.

That group then waited half an hour until the seeded heat raced to see where they times held up. Gary Martin of Archbishop Wood in Warminster, the fastest high school-only miler in history, won in 4:03.57, but Clevenger, Wischusen and Boler‘s timers held up 6th, 9th and 10th in the country.

Clevenger just missed the South Jersey mile record of 4:08.51 set in 2008 by Ocean City’s Brett Johnson at the USATF New Jersey Championships at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Because the mark was set before the end of the New Jersey season, it’s recognized as the South Jersey record.

Clevenger split 61.46, 63.18, 62.88 and 61.16.

On Saturday, Clevenger ran 9:07.10 to win the Meet of Champions 3,200. He PR’d this year at 9:03.65 at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.

He’s now No. 2 in South Jersey history in the mile and No. 10 in the two-mile.

Clevenger’s previous PR was a 4:09.34 for 1,600 meters last month at the Haddonfield Invitational. That is equivalent to a 4:10.79 full mile, so Sunday’s race was more than a two-second PR.

Clevenger finished the season unbeaten at 1,600 meters against all New Jersey runners.

Bridgewater-Raritan’s Villanova-bound Marco Langon, whose 4:05.91 earlier this month is No. 6 in New Jersey history, placed 25th in 4:13.54.

All-Time New Jersey Mile List
3:59.8h … Marty Liquori [Essex Catholic], 1967
4:03.29 … Edward Cheserek [St. Benedict’s Prep], 2013
4:03.49 … Robby Andrews [Manalapan], 2009
4:05.01 … Sean Dolan [Hopewell Valley], 2019
4:05.91 … Marco Langon [Bridgwater-Raritan], 2022
4:05.69 … Ben Malone [Pascack Valley], 2013
4:07.00 … Jackson Barna [Ridge], 2022
4:07.07 … Jim Nielsen [Bernards], 1984
4:07.66 … Joe Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2011
4:07.68c … Jackson Braddock [Southern Regional], 2021
4:07.70 … Jim Rosa [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2011
4:08.07 … Pat Schellberg, Delbarton, 2010
4:08.10 … John Carlotti [Bernards], 1983
4:08.1h … Roger Jones [Ramsey], 1977
4:08.51 … Brett Johnson [Ocean City], 2008
4:08.67 … Seth Clevenger [Haddonfield], 2022
4:09.90 … Jimmy Wischusen [Union Catholic], 2022
4:08.74c … Chris Marco [Toms River South], 2012
4:08.79c … Craig Forys [Colts Neck], 2007
4:09.2h … Steve O’Connell [Millburn], 1976
4:09.3h … Kevin Byrne [Paramus Catholic], 1977
4:09.36 … Steve Schadler [Bergenfield], 1984
4:09.55c … Liam Tansey [Morris Hills], 2009
4:09.72 … Stephen Lewandowski [Mountain Lakes], 2012
4:09.80 … Matt Mitchell [CBA], 1988
4:09.90 … Jimmy Wischusen [Union Catholic], 2022
4:09.95 … Collin Boler [Delbarton], 2022
4:09.98 … Chris Lear [Pingry], 1992
4:10.02 … Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 2021
4:10.24 … Drew Maher [Shore Regional], 2018
4:10.40 … Drake Anzano [CBA], 2016

Kingsway senior Kyle Rakitis, who won his second straight 1,600 at the Meet of Champions on Saturday, was registered to race the mile Sunday but scratched. He finishes his scholastic career with a PR of 4:10.02 from last year’s Meet of Champions. That’s No. 3 in South Jersey history.

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