Bryanna Craig records two PRs and sets highest lifetime Day 1 score in heptathlon at USATF Under-20 Championships!!!!!!

Millville native Bryanna Craig set PRs in two events on Day 1 of the heptathlon at the USATF Under-20 National Championships Thursday in Eugene, Ore.

Ater four of the seven events at Hayward Field, Craig has 3,223 points – her most ever on Day 1 of a heptathlon.

The top two finishers comprise the U.S. Junior National team that will compete at World Athletics Junior Championships Aug. 1-6 at Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Colombia.

JaiCieonna Gero-Holt, who recently completed her freshman year at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Wash., is in the lead with 3,371 points, and Blakelee Winn of Pittsburg State (Kans.) University is in 2nd with 3,235 points. So Craig is only 12 points out of 2nd place with three events to go. Fourth place is more than 300 points behind Craig.

Craig opened the two-day competition in Eugene with a 14.55 in the 100-meter hurdles, good for 902 points, and followed that up by clearing 5-7 ¾ in the high jump, just short of her lifetime-best 5-8 and worth 879 points.

She then PR’d in the next two events.

In the shot put, Craig threw 34-7 to score 565 points. Her previous shot put PR was 32-1 ½ from the Jacksonville Athletic Club Championships in Florida in August, 2020. She actually surpassed that on all three throws Thursday – 33-11 ½, 33-6 ¾ and the 34-7 on her final attempt.

Then in the 200, Craig ran 25.11 with a legal 1.1 meters-per-second tailwind. Her previous 200 PR was a 25.24 at the 2019 Under-20 Championships in Miramar, Fla. She did run a wind-aided 25.08 last summer at Hayward Field.

Craig’s previous high score after one day was 3,074 points at the NSAF USA Meet of Champions in Myrtle Beach, N.C. She went on to score 5,117 points.

Craig placed 4th with 5,094 points at the 2019 meet in Miramar. The meet was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021.

Craig was born and raised in Millville and led Millville’s track team to the 2019 state Group 4 championship. She won the national scholastic heptathlon as a Millville freshman and set the national freshman record. She graduated from Ruston (La.) High School earlier this month.

Craig is 18 and doesn’t turn 19 until Feb. 12, 2023, so she will be eligible for the Under-20 Championships again next year. The meet is open to athletes who are 19 or younger at the end of the year.

Action resumes Friday with the long jump scheduled for 3:15 p.m., javelin at 4:15 p.m. and 800 at 5:26 p.m.

A detailed look at all the South Jersey athletes headed to Eugene for Under-20 Nationals!!!!!!

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey athletes scheduled to compete at the USATF Under-20 Championships, which start Thursday morning in Eugene, Ore.

The U.S. Under-20 Championships – formerly USATF Junior Nationals – serves as the qualifier for the World Athletics Under-20 Championships. The top two finishers in each event will be invited to join the U.S. team that will compete Aug. 1-6 in Cali, Columbia.

The athletes listed below are the South Jersey athletes listed as “declared” on the USATF web site. So far still no sign of heat sheets. For a meet that starts tomorrow morning!!!

Click on the name for each athlete’s IAAF bio (where available).

Nicole Clifford, 1,500-Meter Run
12:53 p.m., Friday – First Round
4:52 p.m., Saturday – Final
Clifford, who graduated from Cherokee this month, will finish one of the greatest middle-distance seasons in South Jersey history in Eugene. Clifford has a mile PR of 4:50.50 from Trials of Miles at Icahn Stadium in New York last month and ranks 29th among U.S. women in the under-20 division. Clifford, who also ran 2:11.12 and 10:45.24 this spring, has run one serious 1,500 and it was also at Hayward Field. In April, she ran 4:37.67 at the Oregon Relays. That’s No. 5 in South Jersey history behind Washington Township’s Michelle Rowen [4:19.34 in 1983], Marielle Hall [4:25.05 in 2010] and Briana Gess [4:27.67 in 2015] of Haddonfield and Shawnee’s Liz Moore [4:35.05 in 1994].

Yashaya Brown, 110-Meter Hurdles
Brown, who completed his sophomore year at Washington Township this month, ran his season-best 14.08 at Pennsauken last month in the Olympic Conference Championships. That’s fastest by a South Jersey sophomore since Sultan Tucker of Delsea ran 13.91 when he won his first Meet of Champions title in 1995 and fastest in the state since Cory Poole of East Orange ran 14.03 in 2015. This will be Brown’s first official race over the 42-inch hurdles.
2:09 p.m., Friday – First Round
4:50 p.m., Friday – Final

Bryce Tucker, 400-Meter Hurdles
The versatile Tucker, now finishing his junior year at Pennsauken, has an intermediates PR of 52.17 and won his 2nd straight Meet of Champions title last weekend at Franklin with a 53.57. A day later he ran 53.01 for 4th at New Balance Nationals. Not sure why that mark isn’t listed on the IAAF site, but Tucker should be No. 13 among U.S. juniors under 20. Tucker also has PRs of 14.22 in the high hurdles, 48.23 for 400 meters and 1:55.00 for the 800.
3:27 p.m., Friday – First Round
4:43 p.m., Saturday – Final

Ryan Allen, 10,000-Meter Race Walk
8:40 a.m., Friday – Final
Allen, a June Kingsway graduate, has a PR of 10,000 track PR of 51:39.97 from Cuyamaca College El Cajon in February. He was also in Eugene last weekend for the Nike Outdoor Nationals and won his 5th scholastic title, winning the 3,000-meter event in 13:45.62.

Greg Foster Jr., Long Jump, Triple Jump
1:15 p.m., Friday – Long Jump Final
3:25 p.m., Saturday – Triple Jump Final
Foster, a Lumberton native, ranks 3rd on the 2022 U.S. scholastic list with his 25-6 ½ long jump and 4th with his state-record 51-0 ½ triple jump, both at New Balance Nationals over the weekend at Franklin Field. Foster is the greatest horizontal jumper in New Jersey history – remember, Carl Lewis rarely triple jumped at Willingboro, only in a couple relay meets, and never surpassed 42 feet. Foster is No. 1 all-time in the triple jump and No. 2 in the long jump. The Princeton-bound Lawrenceville Prep grad will try to  improve on those marks this weekend in Eugene. (Note – Just learned Greg won’t be competing in Eugene. He’s shutting down for the year. What a season! Congrats to Greg for all his accomplishments and can’t wait to see what’s next at Princeton!)

Floyd Whitaker, Triple Jump
3:25 p.m., Saturday – Triple Jump Final
Whitaker, a freshman at Minnesota, PR’d at 51-5 ½ in January in a meet in Minneapolis and went on to place 5th at the Big Ten Championships with an outdoor legal-wind PR of 50-2. A year ago, Whitaker won the national high school title on the same track in Eugene as a Highland senior.

Bryanna Craig, Heptathlon
10 a.m., Thursday
10:45 a.m., Friday
She doesn’t live in South Jersey anymore, but Craig is a Millville native and spent the first two years of her remarkable high school career competing for Millville. With her dad, legendary high jumper Raffael Craig, now coaching at Louisiana Tech, Craig graduated this month from Ruston High in Louisiana (and will be a freshman in the fall at Louisiana Tech). Craig is a two-time high school national champion. She won outdoor nationals in 2019 with a national freshman-record 4,958 points (which she later improved to 5,094 at USATF Under 20s), placed 2nd at 2021 outdoor nationals as a junior at Lubbock (Texas), then won indoor nationals in the pentathlon with the 6th-highest score in U.S. history. Craig has PRs of 14.08 in the hurdles, 5-8 in the high jump, 19-0 ¼ in the long jump, 32-1 ½ in the shot put, 117-1 in the javelin and 2:21.44 in the 800. She set her lifetime best of 5,138 points at the same Hayward Field track last year in Eugene. Craig scored 5,038 points earlier this month in a heptathlon in Dallas, No. 1 in the U.S. among high school girls.

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey champions in meet history. The meet was first held in 1972.

The USATF, which may be the worst-run organization on Earth, has literally not updated the list of winners in eight years. Here’s the most recent list, which is impossible to find on the USATF site but with some creative Googling I found it. The USATF site is literally the worst web site I have ever seen. It’s a travesty and it’s a shame because they’re not doing the sport any favors. Good luck finding prior results, all-time lists, all-time winners – all stuff that could be updated in a day if they cared the least bit.

MEN
2015

Curtis Thompson, Florence [Javelin], 237-4

2014
Braheme Days, Jr., Bridgeton [Shot Put], 65-54 ½
Curtis Thompson, Florence [Javelin], 216-0

2005
Reuben McCoy, Winslow Twp., Auburn [400-Meter Hurdles], 50.69

2001
Dwight Ruff, Camden, Willingboro T.C. [400-Meter Hurdles], 50.37

1999
Robert Jordan, Millville [High Jump], 7-4 ¼

1991
Gerard Reynolds, Willingboro [Long Jump], 24-10

1985
Dennis Mitchell, Edgewood [100-Meter Dash], 10.36

1980
Carl Lewis, Willingboro, Houston [100-Meter Dash], 10.21
Carl Lewis, Willingboro, Houston [200-Meter Dash], 20.66

1973
Randy Mimm, Willingboro [10,000-Meter Race Walk], 51:45.1

WOMEN
1984

Denise Liles, Kingsway [100-Meter Dash], 11.81

1983
Michelle Rowen, Washington Twp. [1,500-Meter Run], 4:20.05

1981
Michele Glover, Willingboro [100-Meter Dash], 11.42
Carol Lewis, Willingboro [100-Meter Hurdles], 13.89
Carol Lewis, Willingboro [Long Jump], 20-11 ¾

1980
Carol Lewis, Willingboro [100-Meter Hurdles], 14.20

1979
Michele Glover, Willingboro/Pennsauken [100-Meter Dash], 11.64
Carol Lewis, Willingboro [Long Jump], 20-7 ¼

1978
Carol Lewis, Willingboro [Long Jump], 20-5 ¼

A detailed look at every South Jersey athlete competing at U.S. Nationals in Eugene!!!!!!

Seven South Jersey athletes – five of them throwers – have been accepted into the U.S. Championships.

The USATF Championships is scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore.

Here’s a detailed look at the seven South Jersey athletes who will compete at nationals. The top two finishers in every event comprise the U.S. team that will return to Eugene for the IAAF World Championships in July.

(The USATF Under-20 Championships will be held concurrently with nationals at Hayward Field. We’ll take a look at the South Jersey contingent competing at U20 nationals on Thursday!)

To reach each athlete’s IAAF bio page click their name.

Nia Ali, 100-Meter Hurdles
First Round: 5:30 p.m., Friday
Semifinals: 1:04 p.m., Saturday
Final: 2:41 p.m., Saturday

The Pleasantville graduate is ranked 13th in the world and 8th among Americans going into nationals at 12.59, which she ran in April in Gainesville. She ran her PR of 12.34 in October of 2019 when she won the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. That’s No. 10 in world history and No. 4 in U.S. history. Ali was the Olympic silver medalist in 2016 with a 12.59 in Rio de Janeiro.

Josh Awotunde, Shot Put
Final: 6:42 p.m., Friday
One of two Delsea throwers on their way to Eugene, Awotunde has only thrown once this outdoor season after a terrific indoor season when he was 2nd at nationals and placed 5th at Worlds in Belgrade, Serbia, after apparently getting robbed of a throw that would have put him on the podium. Awotunde is No. 9 in the world this year and No. 4 among Americans at 71-0 from Walnut, Calif., in April. His 72-2 PR from Padova, Italy, last September is No. 30 in world history and No. 15 in U.S. history.

English Gardner, 100-Meter Dash
First round: 5:15 p.m., Thursday
Semifinals: 5:35 p.m., Friday
Final: 7:21 p.m., Friday

The 2013 and 2016 U.S. champion from Eastern High School returns to Eugene, where she starred at Oregon. Gardner, an Olympic gold medalist for her work on the U.S. 400-meter relay team in 2016, has a season best of 11.15 in a meet in May in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Her lifetime best is 10.74, which she ran twice on July 3, 2016 – in the semifinals and final at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. That’s No. 8 in world history and No. 5 in U.S. history.

Johnnie Jackson, Hammer Throw
Final: 12:15 p.m., Saturday
The Cherry Hill East graduate, who placed 10th last year in the U.S. Olympic Trials, has a PR of 239-0 from last month in Tucson. He’s ranked No. 12 among Americans this year and No. 60 in U.S. history. Five of Jackson’s nine-best lifetime throws have come since April 8.

Elisia Lancaster
Final: 5 p.m., Thursday
The second Delsea thrower headed for Eugene is Lancaster, who finished her senior year at Southern Illinois earlier this month at NCAA Western Regional Preliminaries. Lancaster PR’d last month with a 220-4 when she won the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. All seven of her career 210-foot throws have come this spring. She’s currently ranked No. 21 in the U.S. and No. 83 in the world.

Curtis Thompson
Final 12:35 p.m., Sunday
Thompson goes for his 3rd national javelin championship and second in a row. Thompson won the 2018 USATF title with a throw of 249-3 in Des Moines and won the Olympic Trials last year at 271-8 and went on to represent Florence and Burlington County at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Thompson ranks No. 17 in U.S. history with his 271-11 at the 2016 Olympic Trials at Hayward Field – that was briefly the U.S. Olympic Trials record. With his 2022 best of 268-1 he’s No. 26 in the world this year and No. 3 among Americans. Four of Thompson’s nine lifetime throws of 263 feet or better have come since March.

Jessica Woodard
Final: 1 p.m., Sunday
Woodard goes into nationals ranked 14th in the world this year and 5th among Americans with a season-best throw of 61-7 from the USATF Golden Games in Walnut, Calif., back in April. She also had a nice 60-10 throw a few weeks ago at the USATF Throws Fest in Tucson, Ariz., and just won two meets in Canada as well. Woodard, who set her PR of 62-3 ½ last May in Tucson, placed 7th at nationals last year (it was the Olympic Trials). She’s reached the final in the last four U.S. Championships and placed in the top 10 in all five U.S. Championships she’s contested (10th in 2016, 8th in 2017, 9th in 2018, 6th in 2019, 7th in 2021). She also placed 13th at 2017 U.S. Nationals and 11th in 2018 in the discus. Woodard’s 62-3 ½ ranks 18th in U.S. history.

Here’s a look at every U.S. champion from South Jersey, going back to the legendary Mel Sheppard 116 years ago!

MEN
2021
Curtis Thompson [Florence], Javelin [271-7]
2018
Curtis Thompson [Florence], Javelin [249-3]
1999
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 100-Meter Dash [9.97w]
1996
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 100-Meter Dash [9.92]
1993
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 110-Meter Hurdles [13.19]
1992
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 100-Meter Dash [10.09]
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 110-Meter Hurdles [13.13]
1991
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-4 1/4]
1990
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.05]
Vince Labosky [Holy Cross], Javelin [261-3]
1987
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 200-Meter Dash [20.12]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-4 1/2]
1986
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [9.91w]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-5 1/2w]
1983
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.27]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 200-Meter Dash [19.75]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-10 1/4]
1982
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.11]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [27-10]
1981
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 100-Meter Dash [10.13]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [28-3 1/2]
1957
Charles Pratt [Palmyra], Decathlon [7,164]
1956
Charles Pratt [Palmyra], 200-Meter Hurdles [22.8]
1955
Charles Pratt [Palmyra], 220-Yard Hurdles [23.5]
1912
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:57.4]
1911
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:54.9]
1908
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:55.6]
1907
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:55.2]
1906
Mel Sheppard [Almonesson], 880-Yard Run [1:55.4]

WOMEN
2016

English Gardner [Eastern], 100-Meter Dash [10.74]
2013
English Gardner [Eastern], 100-Meter Dash [10.85]
1986
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-9w]
1985
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-8 1/2w]
1983
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-8]
1982
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Long Jump [22-4 1/4]

10 Meet of Champions and New Balance Nationals girls performances you may have missed!!!!!!

Yesterday, we gave you 10 terrific boys performances from the weekend that you may have missed. Today it’s the girls turn.

There was so much happening at the Meet of Champions at Franklin Township and the New Balance Nationals at Franklin Field that we couldn’t possibly write about everything.

So here’s a look at 10 South Jersey girls performances that we didn’t get a chance to post about over the weekend.

There’s no way to mention every deserving athlete, and if I omitted you or your daughter or a girl you coach I’m sorry. Let me know who’s missing and I’ll do my best to write about her.

For the boys list, click here.

Tey’ana Ames, Atlantic County Tech
How’s this for a Meet of Champions double: Ames placed 4th in the shot put with a personal-best 41-2 and took 7th in the high jump at 5-4. Who does that??? Ames had a fabulous season for the Mays Landing school and is definitely a heptathlon candidate if she chooses to pursue it. She finishes the year tied for 4th in South Jersey in the high jump and No. 1 in the shot put. She’s also now No. 8 in Atlantic County history in the shot.

Dahlia Beasley, Washington Twp.
The versatile sophomore won the Rising Stars 400 in 56.63 at New Balance (1-100th of a second off her PR) and also high jumped 5-6 this year. She was the No. 2 sophomore in the state this year in both the 400 and high jump. In the 400, she was No. 2 behind Union Catholic’s Hollis and in the high jump behind only Gloucester County rival Woolfolk.

Anabella Chin, Rancocas Valley
Busy weekend for Chin. At Meet of Champions, she placed 2nd in the hurdles with a PR of 14.39, breaking the school record of 14.42 set by legendary Tonya Lee in 1987. That’s No. 5 in Burlington County history. A day later at New Balance, she ran on R.V.’s 7th-place 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:55.01, as well as the 11th-place 800-meter relay team, which went 1:43.55. She also ran 1:03.91 for 15th place in the 400-meter hurdles. Chin plans to attend St. Joe’s and run track for the Hawks.

Cinnaminson 3,200-Meter Relay
Sophomore Anna Marino, senior Grace Coller, freshman Kellyn Coller and junior Stephanie Renouf ran a season-best 9:42.33 for 14th in the Rising Stars 3,200-meter relay. That’s No. 4 in South Jersey this year. Renouf PR’d at 5:15.27 in the 1,600 this year.

Sophia Curtis
Although she attends Padua Academy in Wilmington, Del., Curtis is from Ocean City and capped her season with a 38-1 ¼ for 15th in the triple jump at New Balance. She was the top sophomore in the event. Curtis was a triple winner at the Delaware state championships, winning the 100 hurdles in 15.02, the 300 hurdles in 44.57 and the triple jump at 38-4. Her PR of 38-8 ¾ makes her the No. 22 sophomore triple jumper in the U.S. this year.

Kadence Dumas, Eastern
Dumas finished her junior year at Eastern by placing 3rd in the 400 at the Meet of Champions in 57.30 and came back a day later with an 800 PR of 2:15.13 at New Balance, placing 11th in the Rising Stars Division. Dumas finished the year with PRs of 2:15.13 and 56.39. She and Union Catholic’s Peyton Hollis are the only girls in the state who ran that fast for both the 400 and 800.

Catriona Galvin, Pitman
What a way to finish her career. The Pitman senior not only placed 6th in the discus at the Meet of Champions, she PR’d at 130-1 and was the top South Jersey placer. Gloucester County produced the top four discus throwers in South Jersey this year: junior Ciara Demarest of Williamstown [138-3], junior Gianna Johnson-Slater [136-7], Galvin [130-1] and junior Zianni Johnson-Slater [129-10]. Galvin finished No. 11 in Gloucester County history.

Julia Lewis, Cherry Hill West
Lewis ran 2:25.44 and placed 7th in the freshman 800 at New Balance after PR’ing with a 2:22.75 in the state Group 3 meet. That made her the No. 5 freshman in the state this year and No. 2 in South Jersey, behind only Cherokee’s Megan Niglio.

Winslow Township 800-Meter Relay
Juniors Briyel Brown, Janelle Marshall and Kamryn Holness and senior Jaia James earned All-America honors with a 6th-place finish in the 800-meter relay at New Balance. Winslow ran 1:41.61, fastest by a South Jeresy school since 2019. James also placed 3rd in the Rising Stars 100 in 12.13 (after a 12.09 in the trials) and anchored Winslow’s 49.44 in the 400-meter relay trials.

Alanna Woolfolk, Clayton
Woolfolk wrapped up her sophomore year with a 3rd-place finish in the high jump at the Meet of Champions. Woolfolk was remarkably consistent this spring, clearing 5-6 or better and finishing unbeaten vs. South Jersey jumpers. Woolfolk PR’d at 5-7 to win the state Group 1 title.

10 Meet of Champions and New Balance Nationals boys performances you may have missed!!!!!!

There were just too many impressive performances over the weekend at Meet of Champions and New Balance Nationals to write about everybody. Wish I could!

So here’s a look at 10 athletes (actually 12) whose performances you may have missed that I didn’t want to go unnoticed.

If you or your athlete had a great weekend and isn’t listed and, I’m really sorry. I do the best I can to highlight a variety of performances in various events from athletes at different schools of all sizes, and it’s just not always possible to include everybody. Please let me know of any outstanding performances I haven’t mentioned and I’ll do my best to get to them at some point.

This is a boys list. A similar girls list will be posted tomorrow morning!

Dominic Bassey, Winslow Twp.
Bassey PR’d with a 2:01.87 for 8th place in the freshman 800. That wound up No. 2 among New Jersey freshmen, behind only Arya Garg of Parsippany, who ran 2:00.93 at North 2 Group 2 sectionals at Randolph. Bassey’s previous PR was a 2:02.92 at the Olympic Conference Meet at Washington Township. Bassey also ran 53.28 for 400 meters.

A.J. Brooks, Eastern
The Monmouth-bound Brooks capped a terrific season with a 2nd-place in the 110 hurdles at the Meet of Champions. Brooks lowered his PR to 14.19, fastest by a Camden County hurdler since Winslow’s Edwin Alston ran 13.90 to win the Meet of Champions in 2015. Brooks, the state champ in the highs indoors, also long jumped 21-0 ¾ at sectionals.

Alex Constantinou, St. Augustine
Constantinou, a senior high jumper, didn’t compete very often this spring but finished strong, even though he did not compete at states. Constantinou cleared 6-4 at the Cape Atlantic League Championships at Bridgeton and then 6-3 ½ for 4th in the Rising Stars division at Nationals. His PR last year was 5-6.

Evan Corcoran, Kingsway
Corcoran never broke 11.56 or 23.34 last spring, but this is why you keep working hard and stick with it. This year, Corcoran was one of New Jersey’s top sprinters. After winning state Group 4 titles in the 100 and 200 (10.71, PR 21.62) he placed 3rd in the 100 at the Meet of Champions in 10.71 and then a day later ran a 47.91 anchor as Kingsway ran a season-best 3:25.19 (their fastest since 2013) in the 4-by-4 at New Balance Nationals. Senior Jeffrey Heineman, junior Mathias Alexander and sohpomore Benny Liles III also ran on the 4-by-4. Corcoran will join the outstanding Rowan program next year.

Rece Englehardt, Moorestown
Heck of a sophomore season for Englehardt, who also starts for Moorestown’s football and basketball teams. He finished his season by placing 7th in the triple jump at Meet of Champions with a 44-9 ¾ and then won the Rising Stars competition at New Balance with a PR 45-3 ½, a Burlington County sophomore class record. Englehardt also long jumped 22-2 ¾ and high jumped 6-0 so could be a decathlete in the making. He finished the season as the No. 1 sophomore in New Jersey in both horizontal jumps

Scott Hubbard, Audubon
Big weekend for Hubbard, who placed 3rd in the 1,600 at the Meet of Champions in 4:19.79 and then ran 1:56.52 for 12th in the Rising Stars 800 at New Balance Nationals. Hubbard leaves Audubon with PRs of 1:56.15 and 4:17.54 from his double win at the state Group 1 meet.

Jaden Johnson, Chace Pearson, Timber Creek
Terrific back-to-back performances from both Timber Creek horizontal jumpers. Johnson, who took 3rd in the Meet of Champions triple jump at 46-0 ½ and 8th at nationals with a 46-10. Johnson leaves Timber Creek No. 10 in South Jersey history in the triple jump with his 47-7 ½ to win the state Group 3 title at Pennsauken. Johnson also high jumped 6-4 and long jumped 20-2 ½ this year and even medaled in the javelin at the Camden County Championships. As for Pearson, he took 2nd in the long jump at Meet of Champions at 22-6 ¾ and 8th at Nationals with a 22-9. He graduates with PRs 23-4 ¾ in the long jump, 45-4 in the triple jump and 14.86 in the 110 highs.

Jason Nwosu, Delsea
Nwosu finished his brilliant career in style, taking 2nd at the Meet of Champions shot put with a 62-7 ¾ and then followed that up with a 63-0 for 3rd place and All-America honors at New Balance Nationals, only 2 ½ inches off his PR from his win at states. Nwosu finishes No. 6 in South Jersey history in the shot and No. 12 in the discus.

Connor Wright, Hammonton
Another one who competed at both Franklin High and Franklin Field. Wright placed 6th in the long jump at Meet of Champions at 21-7 ¾ on Saturday and then jumped 22-1 ¾ for 12th in the Rising Stars division at nationals on Sunday. Wright leaves Hammonton with school records of 22-2 ¼ and 45-1 ¾.

Premier Wynn, Pennsauken / Jamir Brown, Delran
We’ll put Wynn and Brown together since they went 1-2 in the Rising Stars intermediate hurdles at New Balance Nationals, and both had outstanding seasons. Wynn, a junior, won the 400IH in 54.43 and Brown was 2nd with a PR 54.52. At the MoC, Wynn was 3rd in the 400, and at New Balance he also anchored Pennsauken’s 8th-place 800-meter relay team, which ran 1:28.28. He finished with PRs of 47.86 from his win at Group 3 states and 54.28 from 2nd place at Meet of Champions. As for Brown, he finished as the No. 2 sophomore in New Jersey in the intermediates (by 16-100ths of a second) and No. 2 in the highs with his 14.66 from his 2nd-place finish at states. In addition to his 2nd in the Rising Stars 400IH, he placed 5th in the Rising Stars 110HH in 14.87.

Sharpe sisters finish high school careers by leading Clayton to 3rd place in 4×4 at New Balance Nationals!!!!!!

The amazing Sharpe sisters finished their high school careers with a 3rd-place finish and All-America honors in the 1,600-meter relay at New Balance Nationals.

Arianna, Ariel and Amirah Sharpe – along with freshman Kelsey Thomas – ran 3:46.37 and finished behind only Bullis School of Potomac, Md. [3:40.73] and Paul Robeson of Brooklyn [3:45.41].

Not all the splits are listed on the New Balance Nationals results site, but Amirah Sharpe anchored in 53.31.

Amirah Sharpe also placed 3rd in the 400 hurdles in 1:00.41, which is No. 9 in South Jersey history and broke the Gloucester County record of 1:00.90 set in 1999 by Medea Ashton of Washington Township when she placed 5th at Foot Locker Nationals in Raleigh, N.C., in 1999. Her previous 400IH PR was 1:01.07 from the South Jersey Elite in May at Delsea.

Arianna and Amirah Sharpe also placed 4th and 7th in the 400 in 54.36 and 54.55 and 12th and 13th in the 200 in 24.52 and 24.60, Ariel Sharpe took 14th in the Rising Stars 400 in 58.90

The 4-by-4 performance capped a remarkable season for Clayton, which won its second straight state Group 1 title after the Sharpe sisters led Paulsboro to the state Group 1 title in 2019. The meet wasn’t held in 2020.

At Penn, Clayton ran 3:44.67, No. 3 in South Jersey history, No. 12 in state historyand fastest by a South Jersey school since Willingboro ran 3:44.64 in 2002.

LUMBERTON’S GREG FOSTER WINS 5TH NATIONAL TITLE WITH BEST LONG JUMP SINCE CARL LEWIS!!!!!!!!!!

Greg Foster won his 2nd national title of the weekend and 5th of his remarkable high school track career Sunday at the New Balance Nationals.

Foster, a Lumberton native and senior at Lawrenceville School, uncorked a final-jump personal-best 25-6 ¼ to win the long jump at Franklin Field.

That’s the best long jump mark by a New Jersey schoolboy in 43 years and No. 2 in state history, behind only eight-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis of Willingboro, who jumped 26-8 ¼ at the Pan American Games trials in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1979.

On Friday, Foster broke the state record in winning the triple jump with a 51-0 ¾. Indoors, he won the long jump at 25-4 ½, the triple jump with a 49-9 ¼ and the 60-meter hurdles in 7.43 at Ocean Breeze Nationals.

Foster improved on each of his jumps Sunday. There is no wind reading listed for his winning jump.

He opened with a 23-3 ½, jumped 23-10 ¼ on his second attempt and 24-2 ½ on his third. He surpassed 25 feet on each of his last three jumps, hitting 25-0 ½ on his 4th, 25-4 ¾ on his 5th and 25-6 ¼ on his 6th. Foster averaged 24-6 ½ on his six jumps.

His winning jump ranks Foster 11th in the world in the Under-20 division and No. 4 among Americans. He’s No. 19 in the triple jump and No. 5 among Americans.

Foster needed to PR just to win the event. Alexander Smith of Hilliard- Darby High of Hilliard, Ohio, who won Armory Nationals indoors, PR’d at 25-3 ½ on his 4th jump, temporarily taking the lead. Foster responded with the two-best jumps of the competition, and Smith’s best on his two final jumps was a 24-1 ¾.

Although Foster had jumped 25-4 ½ indoors, his outdoor PR before Sunday was 24-11 from his win at Penn Relays in April. So his four-best lifetime outdoor jumps have come at Franlin Field, where it’s notoriously difficult to jump far.

Foster is entered in both the long jump and triple jump at USATF Under 20 Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., later this week. The long jump is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday and the triple jump at 3:25 p.m. Saturday.

All-Time New Jersey Long Jump List
26-8 1/4 … Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1979
25-6 ¼ … Greg Foster [Lawrenceville School], 2022
25-2 ½ … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2013
25-0 ½ … Corey Crawford [Indian Hills], 2010
25-0 … Justes Nance [Blair Academy], 2015
25-0 … William Spearmon [Woodrow Wilson], 1996
24-11 ½ … Renaldo Nehemiah [Scotch Plains], 1977
24-11 ½ … Anthony Miles [Winslow Twp.], 2002
24-11 … Darius Pemberton [Hackensack], 1993
24-8 ½ … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1989
24-8 … Isaac Samuels [Willingboro-Kennedy], 1983

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.

Hammonton’s Austin Hudak earns All-America honors with javelin PR at New Balance Nationals!!!!!!!!

Hammonton senior Austin Hudak finished his track career by earning All-America honors in the javelin Sunday.

Hudak threw a lifetime-best 194-4 at the New Balance Nationals at Franklin Field. His previous PR was 194-0 at the state Group 3 meet at Pennsauken. He took 2nd at the Meet of Champions Saturday with a 184-11 throw at Franklin High.

Hudak improved on his all-time South Jersey No. 12 ranking and No. 2 mark in Atlantic County history behind Cade Antonucci of Holy Spirit, who threw 220-11 in 2016.

On Sunday, Hudak opened with a 191-8 throw before popping his 194-4. After a 179-7 he advanced to the finals, where he threw 179-1, 181-4 and 184-8.

All-Time South Jersey Javelin List
227-10 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley], 2017
224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence], 2014
220-11 … Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], 2016
216- 6 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2014
212- 2 … Alexander Georgia [Timber Creek], 2017
209- 4 … Steve Jernee [Ocean City], 2017
203- 6 … Stephen Benigno [Cherry Hill East], 2014
201- 1 … Sean Biehn [Burlington City], 2006
199-10 … Kobe Roberts [Mainland Reg.], 2018
196- 9 … Terrence Smith [Oakcrest], 2016
195-11 … Joshua Moore [Middle Twp.], 2017
194- 4 … Austin Hudak [Hammonton], 2022
192- 6 … Matt Rafferty [Northern Burlington], 2012
192- 6 … Chris Reider [Eastern], 2010
192- 3 … Shane McDevitt [Cinnaminson], 2014
192- 1 … Nick Cando [Eastern], 2004
191- 6 … Robert Marks [Rancocas Valley], 2016
191- 5 … Andrew Pierce [Cumberland Reg.], 2009
190- 0 … Andrew Forbes [Williamstown], 2011
190- 2 … Ian Meneswisch [Highland], 2003

Paul VI earns All-America honors with 4th-place in super sprint med at Nationals!!!!!!

Paul VI seniors Isaiah Shafer, Cameron Serafinelli, Matthew Mazero and Michael Mazero earned All-America honors Saturday night with a 4th-place finish in the Super Sprint Medley at New Balance Nationals.

Shafter and Serafinelli ran the 100s, Matthew Mazero the 200 and Michael Mazero the 400 for PVI, which ran 1:33.35 and finished less than a second behind winner Stow-Munroe Falls High of Stow, Ohio, which ran 1:32.38.

The official results site does not show splits.

Paul VI had run 1:32.67 last week at Cherokee, and that is No. 8 in South Jersey history.

Bergen Catholic is No. 1 in New Jersey in the super sprint med with its 1:32.26 at Cherokee, where it edged PVI. But Paul VI turned the tables on the Oradell school Saturday night. Bergen Catholic placed 7th in 1:33.82.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey Super Sprint med list:

1:30.09 … Willingboro, 2007
1:31.05 … Camden, 2005
1:31.22 … Cherry Hill East, 2012
1:31.48 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
1:31.66 … Willingboro, 2006
1:31.90 … Delsea, 2007
1:32.26 … Deptford, 2018
1:32.67 … Paul VI, 2022
1:32.98 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015
1:33.06 … Washington Twp., 2010
1:33.09 … St. Augustine, 2019
1:32.23 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:33.24 … Deptford, 2019
1:33.29 … Cherokee, 2008
1:33.35 … Moorestown, 2016
1:33.43 … Timber Creek, 2013
1:33.44 … Winslow Twp., 2008
1:33.54 … Oakcrest, 2012
1:33.66 … Timber Creek, 2009
1:33.67 … Camden, 2009
1:33.68 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2010
1:33.68 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
1:33.79 … Moorestown, 2015
1:33.81 … Camden, 2007
1:33.89 … Delsea, 2014
1:33.92 … Camden, 20014
1:33.95 … Camden, 2019
1:33.97 … Winslow Twp., 2003