Egg Harbor’s Michaela Schlemo posts monster PR with 3,200 win at the Bubble!!!!!!

So much for that PR.

Egg Harbor junior Michaela Schlemo arrived in Toms River Monday with a 3,200 PR of 12:02.01. When she left, she had lowered it nearly 50 seconds.

Schlemo was first across the line at the SJTCA meet at the Bubble with an 11:13.59, No. 5 in Atlantic County history and No. 2 in South Jersey this year.

You don’t get many 48.42-second PRs in a race as short as 3,200 meters, but Schlemo finished 50 meters ahead of Cherokee sophomore Megan Niglio, who placed 2nd in 11:23.16.

The only faster time by a South Jersey two-miler this winter belongs to Clearview senior Abby Waddington, who ran 10:55.10 at the Bubble last week. Schlemo’s time is No. 9 in the state.

Schlemo plays softball in the spring and has never run outdoor track, although if her times keep dropping … who knows?

She ran a 1,600 PR of 5:16.00 at Ocean Breeze earlier this month, and that’s No. 9 this year in South Jersey.

Before this month, Schlemo had PRs of 5:34.82 from Ocean Breeze and 12:02.01 from a SJTCA meet at the Bubble, both last February.

But she’s coming off a terrific XC season, where she placed 3rd in the Shore Coaches A race, 4th at sectionals and 15th at the Meet of Champions with a 19:26 at Holmdel.

Here’s a look at the top-5 indoor 3,200 times in Atlantic County history:

10:33.95 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2016
10:45.40 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
10:53.4h … Christin Bettis [Hammonton], 2012
11:08.72 … Sofia Day [Mainland Reg.], 2022
11:13.59 … Michaela Schlemo [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2023

Washington Township hurdler Yashahya Brown blazes #6 time in U.S.

Washington Township junior Yashahya Brown continued his attack on the record book Friday with a state-leading performance in the 55-meter hurdles at the Bubble.

Brown ran 7.44 at the Olympic Conference #2 meet, eclipsing his PR of 7.46 that he set earlier this month at Ocean Breeze.

Brown ranks 6th nationally according to the MileSplit database and No. 2 among underclassmen, behind Colton Westlake of St. Clairsville (Ohio) High School, who ran 7.40 at the Dyson Baudo Rec Center in Marietta, Ohio.

His time is also No. 19 in South Jersey history and No. 4 on the all-time Gloucester County list.

Brown bumped senior Nathaniel Rayan of Scotch Plains-Fanwood from the No. 1 spot in New Jersey this year. Rayan ran 7.45 at the Metropolitan Invitational earlier this week at the Armory.

The Minutemen have two of the top-six hurdlers in the state with Brown and senior Kanye Mills, who ran a PR 7.64 earlier this month at Ocean Breeze. Mills ran a 5-second 800 PR of 2:00.29 Friday at the bubble.

Brown is the fastest underclassman in New Jersey since Sincere Rhea of St. Augustine, who’s now at Miami, ran 7.35 to win the 2018 Meet of Champions at the Bubble.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey top-20:

7.10 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.31 … Anthony Vasquez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
7.39 … Isaiah Lewis [Winslow Twp.], 2020
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
7.43 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.43 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
7.44 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1983
7.44 … Yashahya Brown [Washington Twp.], 2023

Lenape shows its 1,600 depth with Colin Hermack, Sean Brennan and Will Whalen at the Bubble!!!!!!

Lenape became the third New Jersey school this year with three milers running 4:30 or faster when seniors Colin Hermack, Sean Brennan and Will Whalen turned the trick at the SJTCA meet at the Bubble on Friday.

Hermack won the race in 4:28.96, Paul VI junior Will Mrozinski was 2nd in 4:30.16 and Brennan and Whalen took 3rd and 4th, both in 4:30.39.

Hermack has run 4:27.82 outdoors – he was 5th at Grouip 4 sectionals at Buena last spring – but his time is an indoor PR by nearly 20 seconds.

Brennan and Whalen both ran lifetime bests. Brennan had never broken 4:50 indoors or out, and Whalen hadn’t broken 4:45.

Mrozinski also PR’d. He also hadn’t broken 4:50 indoor – he hadn’t run an indoor 1,600 since he was a freshman – and his outdoor PR is 4:33.71 from Parochial A states at Middletown North last spring.

If you’re thinking 4-by-mile, you should be. He ran the 3,200 and not the 1,600 on Friday, but sophomore Noah Manwaring ran 4:35.51 in his only 1,600 so far this winter – earlier this month at Ocean Breeze. Manwaring placed 12th at Group 4 XC sectionals at DREAM Park in October and was the top sophomore in the race. Manwaring ran the 3,200 Friday and placed 2nd to Cherokee’s Patrick Ditmars in a PR 9:54.10. Ditmars ran 9:41.84.

If you add up those four times, you get 17:59.9. The 4-by-1,600 or 4-by-mile is rarely run indoors, but outdoors, only 16 schools have run sub-18 for a 6,400-meter relay or the 4-mile equivalent, most recently Kingsway with a 17:59.1 converted from yards in 2019 at Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

The only other New Jersey schools with three milers under 4:31 so far this year are Ridge and Christian Brothers Academy.

Bryanna Craig records No. 1 freshman pentathlon score in NCAA in first collegiate multi!!!!!!

In her first multi as a collegian, freshman Bryanna Craig recorded the 5th-highest score in Purdue history.

Craig, who grew up in Millville and began her track career at Millville High School, placed 3rd in the pentathlon Friday at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational at Louisville’s Norton Health Care Sports and Learning Center with a score of 3,968.

That’s No. 16 in NCAA Division 1 so far this year and No. 1 by a freshman.

Pitt athletes Lydia Bottelier, a senior, and Ilse Steigenga, a junior, placed 1st and 2nd, with the top three separated by just 12 points over five events. Bottelier won with 3,980 and Steigenga was 2nd with 3,975.

Craig picked up her biggest point total in the 60-meter hurdles, where she ran 8.76, not far off her PR of 8.70 from a meet earlier this month in Chicago. She led all competitors with a 2:16.02 in the 800 for 878 points and also scored big in the high jump with a 5-7 ¼, not far off her indoor and outdoor PRs of 5-8. The 800 time isn’t a PR but it’s a multi PR.

She also set indoor PRs in the shot put with a 34-0 and the long jump at 18-1 ¾. She’s thrown 34-6 ¾ and jumped 18-8 ¼ outdoors.

Four Purdue women have broken 4,000 points in the pentathlon but only one since 1997 – Rebecca Coan scored 4,023 points at the 2020 Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio. NCAA outdoor heptathlon champ Corissa Yasen set the school record of 4,181 in 1996 when she won the Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wisc.

Craig won three scholastic multi-event national titles, recorded the 6th-highest pentathlon in high school history and placed 3rd at the USATF Under-20 Championships in Eugene and 6th in the World Under 20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Paul VI’s Aliya Garozzo runs all-time #6 hurdles time in Penn history!!!!!!

Penn sophomore Aliya Garozzo from Paul VI ran a PR 8.61 in the 60-meter hurdles Friday at Penn State, the No. 6 time in Quaker history.

Garozzo ran 8.61 in the trials, 8.68 in the semifinals and 8.63 for 5th place in the final at the PSU National Invitational.

Her previous PR was 8.72 from the Seahawk Shootout at Ocean Breeze in December. She beat that three times Friday.

Garozzo hurdled at PVI – she was 4th in the Meet of Champions indoors in 2020 – but focused on the 400 and intermediates her senior year and then didn’t hurdle her first three seasons at Penn. So this is the first season she’s raced the highs indoors or outdoors in three years.

Her 8.61 is No. 4 in the Ivy League this year and just 9-100ths of a second off No. 1. She’s just behind Princeton senior Arianna Smith from Pennsville, who ran a PR 8.55 earlier this month in a dual meet with Navy in Annapolis. Smith is No. 2 in the 400 with a PR 55.01 from that same Navy dual meet.

Abby Waddington, Nicole Lipieta, Megan Niglio run 3-fastest S.J. 1,600 times of the year!!!!!

Clearview senior Abby Waddington, Kingsway senior Nicole Lipieta and Cherokee sophmore Megan Niglio ran the three-fastest South Jersey 1,600s this year Friday night at the Olympic Conference meet at the Bubble.

Waddington ran 5:08.11 to win the race, Lipieta was just behind in 5:08.23 and Niglio ran 5:09.61 for 3rd.

Cherokee senior Kelsey Niglio was 4th in 5:10.72 and Kingsway senior Aubrey Pierontoni made it five girls under 5:13 with a 5th-place finish in 5:12.80.

Waddington, Lipieta and Megan Niglio bumped Delsea senior Lillie Widmer out of the top spot on the 2023 South Jersey 1,600 list. Widmer ran a PR 5:10.03 at the bubble last week.

Waddington had a PR of 5:11.51 from earlier this month at Ocean Breeze. Lipieta ran 4:57.63 outdoors at Holmdel in May and 5:06.09 indoors this past March at the Bubble in the Meet of Champions. Niglio has run slightly faster, with a 5:08.16 last winter at the state Group 4 meet at the Bubble. Kelsey Niglio’s time is an indoor PR, although she has run slightly faster outdoors with a 5:09.08 in May at Holmdel.

Here’s a look at the updated South Jersey top-10

5:08.11 … Abby Waddington [Clearview], Bubble
5:08.23 … Nicole Lipieta [Kingsway], Bubble
5:09.61 … **Megan Niglio [Cherokee], Bubble
5:10.03 … Lillie Widmer [Delsea], Ocean Breeze
5:10.72 … Kelsey Niglio [Cherokee], Bubble
5:12.80 … Aubrey Pierontoni [Kingsway], Bubble
5:14.01 … Gillian Lovett [Mainland Reg.], Ocean Breeze
5:16.00 … Michaela Schlemo [Egg Harbor Twp.], Ocean Breeze
5:18.54 … Abigail Kotran [Clearview], Ocean Breeze
5:20.02 … Shaelan McNally [Paul VI], Ocean Breeze

Ocean City’s Nick Scarangelli posts huge PR to win Metropolitan Invitational 1,600!!!!!!

Ocean City Nick Scarangelli moved into the New Jersey top-10 in the 1,600 Wednesday with a huge PR 4:23.85 win at the Metropolitan Invitational at the Armory.

Scarangelli negative-split the race, getting out in 2:14.0 and coming back in 2:09.9 with a 64.8 final 400 and 31.9 final 200. He finished eight meters ahead of Brenden McMahon of Ridge, who placed 2nd in 4:25.19.

His time is No. 10 in New Jersey this year and No. 3 in South Jersey, with three guys packed together between 4:23 and 4:24 – Woodbury junior Peyton Shute ran 4:23.23 at Ocean Breeze earlier this month and Haddonfield’s George Andrus ran 4:23.55 at the Bubble on Monday.

Scarangelli’s previous indoor PR was 4:32.65 last winter at Group 3 sectionals at the Bubble. His overall PR was 4:29.23 from last spring at the South Jersey Elite meet at Delsea.

His time is No. 6 in Cape. May County (and Ocean City) history:

4:16.02 … Erik Johnson, 2011
4:16.57 … Miles Schoedler, 2011
4:20.43 … Owen Ritti, 2020
4:20.51 … Ryan Birchmeier, 2008
4:22.16 … John Richardson, 2002
4:23.85 … Nick Scarangelli, 2023

Pitman’s Emily Galvin breaks Rowan record in 20-pound weight throw!!!!!!

Pitman graduate Emily Galvin broke the Rowan school record in the weight throw with a personal-best 55-3 ¾ over the weekend at the NYC Gotham Cup at Ocean Breeze. Galvin’s throw is No. 18 this year in NCAA Division 3.

Galvin broke the school record of 55-0 ¼ set last year by sophomore Makayla Taylor at a meet in Rochester, N.Y. Galvin’s previous best at Rowan was a 51-8 ½ at the Fastrack Season Opener at Ocean Breeze.

Galvin is a Rowan grad student who competed previously at Villanova, where she had a PR of 54-5 ¼ from last winter at the Rutgers Open at the Armory. That’s No. 4 in Villanova history.

Her specialty is the hammer, which she threw 185-3 last spring and placed 3rd in the Big East Championships in Storrs, Ct. That’s No. 2 in Villanova history. Rowan doesn’t list a women’s hammer throw record.

There is no hammer or weight throw in high school track, and Galvin’s best event at Pitman was the javelin. She was 7th in the jav at the state Group 1 meet as a senior.

Williamstown’s Mark Williams, a long jump newcomer, pops #8 jump in Gloucester County history!!!!!!

Williamstown senior Mark Williams, a 1st-year long jumper, soared 21-9 at the Rebel Shot/Jump Series #3 at the Bubble Tuesday evening.

That’s a school record, the No. 9 jump in New Jersey this year and No. 8 in Gloucester County indoor history.

Series information is not listed, unfortunately, but Williams won on a 2nd-best-jump tiebreaker with Mainland senior William Murray, who also jumped 21-9. That’s just off his PR of 21-10 ¼, set at the Bubble in February of last year. Murray jumped 21-10 at Ocean Breeze last month.

Williams broke the indoor school record of 21-0 set at the 2014 New Balance Games at the Armory by Raekwon Little-Martin.

Another Mainland jumper, Christopher Guillen, PR’d with a 20-6 ¼ to place 3rd and make it a 1-2-3 South Jersey sweep.

Also over 20 feet was Williamstown senior Anthony Lanteigne, a 6-4 high jumper who according to MileSplit had never previously long jumped in his life.

As for Williams, his previous PR was a 21-1 ¾ at the Collegeville (Pa.) Invitational at Ursinus’s Floy Lewis Baker Fieldhouse earlier this month. Williams competed in outdoor track the last two years but didn’t do any horizontal jumping, according to MileSplit’s database.

This appears to be only the third long jump competition of his life. He went 20-9 at a meet at the Armory last weekend.

Here’s a look at all the 21-foot indoor jumps in Gloucester County history:
23-7 ¾ … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2012
23-4 ½ … Maurice Hunter [Woodbury], 1983
22-9 ¼ … Shai Mumford [West Deptford], 2013
22-7 ¼ … Keon Grady [Delsea], 2017
22-5 ¾ … Khaliel Burnett [Delsea], 2018
22-2 … Adwon Parker [West Deptford], 2006
22-0 … Damir Lomax [Delsea], 2020
21-9 … Mark Williams [Williamstown], 2023
21-8 … Ferrell Cooper [West Deptford], 2011
21-6 ½ … Craig Howard [Washington Twp.], 1998
21-6 ½ … Mel Colvin [Delsea], 1999
21-3 ¼ … Christian Langston [Delsea], 2023
21-2 … Brandon Greene [Washington Twp.], 2019
21-1 ½ … Enis Hutchinson [Glassboro], 2014
21-0 … Raekwon Little-Martin [Williamstown], 2014

Delsea junior Greg Masso uncorks best shot put throw in S.J. this year at Cherokee!!!!!!

Delsea junior Greg Masso popped three straight shot put PRs Tuesday night at the Cherokee Throw Down #2.

Masso came into the meet with an indoor shot put PR of 52-2 from the Cherokee Throw Down #1 two weeks ago. His outdoor PR is 52-8 ¼ from Group 2 sectionals last spring at Delsea, where the Crusaders swept the top three spots behind senior Jason Nwosu and Josh Caudill along with Masso.

On Tuesday, Masso opened with a near-indoor PR of 51-11 ½ before hitting 52-2 ¼, 53-5 and a huge finish with a 54-8.

The average of his four throws was 53-0 ½, beyond his previous indoor and lifetime personal bests.

Masso’s two-foot PR is the No. 1 throw in South Jersey this year, bumping Cinnaminson senior Malicah Etienne, who threw 54-2 last week at the state Group 2 relays at the Bubble. It’s No. 6 in the state this year and No. 2 among underclassmen.

He’s the seventh Delsea thrower to surpass 54 feet indoors. The list includes Josh Awotunde, who placed 3rd in the World Championships in Eugene in July.

62-0 ½ … Jason Nwosu, 2022
58-8 ¾ … Bill Goldsborough, 2018
57-8 ¼ … Josh Awotunde, 2013
57-5 … Joe Metzger, 2021
55-4 ¾ … Ryan Knight, 1996
54-8 … Greg Masso, 2023
54-6 ½ … Josh Caudill, 2022

Glassboro junior Damere Lassiter also hit a big PR at Cherokee. Lassiter placed 2nd with a 51-5 ½ on his final throw. Lassiter’s previous PR was a 50-4 last week at Ocean Breeze, his first time over 50 feet.

Etienne placed 3rd with a 49-10 on his first attempt, and another Delsea thrower, junior Tyler Habersham-Agbemenu, hit a massive PR with a 47-11 ½ in just his 3rd lifetime meet. His previous PR was a 42-8 ¾ at the Bubble over the weekend.