Highland’s Cortland Webb destroys 1,600 PR in big win at the Bubble!!!!!!

You’re not supposed to PR by 10 seconds in the mile, but that’s exactly what Highland junior Cortland Webb did Saturday.

Webb came into the SJTCA meet at the Bubble with a 1,600 PR of 4:35.81 from Haddonfield Distance Night this past May and an indoor PR of 4:37.82 from last year’s Group 3 sectionals at the Bubble.

Webb blew those PRs out of the water at the Bubble, winning the Winter Meet No. 8 in 4:24.55 and finishing 35 meters ahead of the field.

His time is No. 2 in South Jersey this year, behind Woodbury junior Peyton Shute’s 4:23.23 at Ocean Breeze earlier this week. It’s No. 8 in New Jersey and No. 4 among underclassmen.

It’s fastest by a Highland miler since Yarayah Hawkins ran a 4:23.33 full mile at Easterns in 2019, which converts to 4:21.80. Steve Maine [4:22.79 in 2014] and Ben Woodard [4:23.63 in 2018] have also run faster. Highland’s outdoor record is 4:14.4 hand-timed by Steve Mazur at 1992 sectionals at Bridgeton.

Senior Gavin Gallo gave Highland a 1-2 finish. Gallo ran 4:31.10, lowering his indoor PR from 4:37.99 at the Bubble last year and his lifetime best from 4:31.53 at last year’s outdoor Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.

Clearview senior Cavan Agatone made it three under 4:32 with a 3rd-place time of 4:31.34. He ran 4:23.68 last spring outdoors at the South Jersey Elite at Delsea but lowered his indoor PR from 4:31.65 earlier this month on a much faster track at Ocean Breeze.

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