Who were the top South Jersey freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in every event? Let’s take a look!

Did any freshmen in South Jersey break 50 in the 400? Who’s the fastest returning two-miler? Did any sophs clear 6-4 in the high jump?

Thanks to the MileSplit database, we can answer all these questions.

With an incredible 2019 outdoor track season behind us, this is a great time to look at the top South Jersey freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in every event.

One thing’s for sure after looking at these lists: 2020 will be just as exciting as 2019!

Here’s the boys list. We’ll post the girls list tomorrow! And as always, please list additions or corrections in the comments section and I’ll fix immediately!

100-Meter Dash
Freshman: : Edward Jamison [Burlington Twp.], 11.35
Sophomore: : Aaron Williams [Pennsauken], 11.03
Junior: : Miekel House [Delran], 10.73
Senior: : Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 10.60

200-Meter Dash
Freshman: : Matthew Mazero [Paul VI], 22.42
Sophomore: : Elias Rivera [Millville], 22.33
Junior: : Malachi Melton [Cedar Creek], 21.88
Senior: : Jah’mir Beasley [Sterling], 21.30

400-Meter Dash
Freshman: : Michael Mazero [Paul VI], 49.60
Sophomore: : Carl Jordan [Eastern Reg.], 50.44
Junior: : Shaikyi Hannah [Delsea], 49.05
Senior: : Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 47.89

800-Meter Run
Freshman: : Jacob Torres [Cedar Creek], 1:59.03
Sophomore: : Riley Miller [Delsea], 1:59.30
Junior: : Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 1:54.74
Senior: : Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 1:53.88

1600-Meter Run
Freshman: : Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 4:28.66
Sophomore: : Aiden Eyre [Cherry Hill East], 4:27.42
Junior: : Stone Caraccio [Kingsway], 4:13.46
Senior: : Matt Coffey [Camden Catholic], 4:16.55

3200-Meter Run
Freshman: : Andrew Littlehales [Delsea], 9:42.04
Sophomore: : Brady Shute [Woodbury], 9:39.66
Junior: : Kevin Antczak [Mainland Reg.], 9:09.38
Senior: : Connor Melko [Bishop Eustace], 9:06.52

110-Meter Hurdles
Freshman: : Zachariah Debose [Pemberton], 15.66
Sophomore: : DaShaun Sykes [Buena Reg.], 15.29
Junior: : Anthony Vasquez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 14.32
Senior: : Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 13.52

400-Meter Hurdles
Freshman: : Zachariah DuBose [Pemberton], 1:01.72
Sophomore: : Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 55.89
Junior: : Tarheeb Still [Timber Creek], 53.95
Senior: : Cameron Kee [Haddon Heights], 53.88

High Jump
Freshman: : Dillon Page [Cherry Hill East], 6-0
Sophomore: : Aden Tomeo [Audubon], 6-4
Junior: : Kameron Smith [Willingboro], 6-6
Senior: : Marcel Washington [Dept.], Steven McKoy [Pal.], 6-4

Long Jump
Freshman: : Trey Simmons [Delsea], 20-0 ½
Sophomore: : Termeir Hill [Clayton], 23-3
Junior: : Damir Lomax [Delsea], 22-9 ½
Senior: : Tai Matlock [Rancocas Valley], 23-1

Triple Jump
Freshman: : Jaden Johnson [Sterling], 43-7 ¼
Sophomore: : Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 50-2 ½
Junior: : Keven Kevelier [Collingswood], 47-5 ¼
Senior: : Mubeen Momodu [Egg Harbor Twp.], 48-1 ½

Pole Vault
Freshman: : Kaique Veira Clovis [Riv.], Evan Dugan [Middle], Bryon Gary [Willingboro], 10-0
Sophomore: : Kai Deery [R.V.], Julian Rodriguez [Deptford], 13-6
Junior: : Nico Morales [Delsea Reg.] 15-7
Senior: : James Lynch [Deptford] 15-0

Discus
Freshman: : Franklin Simms [St. Augustine], 127-2
Sophomore: : Donovan Johnston [Shawnee], 138-6
Junior: : Jake Nwosu [Delsea], 173-3
Senior: : Emmanuel Lewis [Willingboro], 166-2

Shot Put
Freshman: : Franklin Simms [St. Augustine], 48-8 ¾
Sophomore: : Joe Metzger [Delsea], 48-7
Junior: : John Purvis [Winslow Twp.], 56-10
Senior: : Lucciano Pizarro [Cherokee], 60-11

Javelin
Freshman: : Hamas Duren [Winslow Twp,], 167-11
Sophomore: : Gavin Shields [Glassboro], 165-10
Junior: : Lane Owens [Ocean City], 187-6
Senior: : Geff Giancaterino [Triton], 180-10

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South Jersey girls 400 hurdlers are off the charts!!! Wait till you see what’s in store for 2020!!!!!

Is it too early to start planning for 2020? A can’t miss race next spring will be the girls 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the Rowan Invitational.

If all goes well, it could feature five of the top 20 returning intermediate hurdlers in the country!

According to the MileSplit database, two of the top 10 underclassmen in the country in the 400-meter hurdles and six of the top 28 are from South Jersey!

Aliya Rae Garozzo of Paul VI leads the way at 1:00.16, which makes her the No. 4 returner in the country, and two-time state Group 2 champion Meredith Updike, a Cinnaminson junior, who ran 1:00.67 at the Meet of Champions, is the No. 8 returner.

Here’s the full list of returners along with their national rank among underclassmen:

#4 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 1:00.16
#8 … Meredith Updike [Cinnaminson], 1:00.67
#17 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 1:01.46
#20 … Janeya Hammond [Winslow Twp.], 1:01.54
#26 … Nylah Perry [Winslow Twp.], 1:02.00
#28 … Amirah Sharpe [Paulsboro] 1:02.07

The top five are juniors. Sharpe is the No. 7 sophomore in the country.

How dominating were South Jersey’s intermediate hurdlers this year?

Five of the top seven finishers in the Meet of Champions are from South Jersey: Winner Arianna Smithm of Pennsville won in 1:00.30, Updike was second at 1:00.67, Garozzo took fourth in 1:01.37, Eastern’s Jewel Ash ran sixth in 1:01.46 and Hammond was seventh in 1:01.54.

Winslow’s Tionna Tobias finishes brilliant HS career with #1 SJ long jump at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Winslow senior Tionna Tobias popped the longest long jump this year by a South Jersey girl at nationals this weekend, soaring a season-best 19-1 1/2.

She placed fourth in the emerging elite division of the girls long jump at the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

The “emerging elite” division of the long jump was almost as competitive as the “championship” division. Five girls jumped over 19 feet in the emerging elite competition and nine did in the championship division.

Tobias’s jump would have been good enough to place eighth in the championship division.

But really all that matters is that Tobias her brilliant high school career on a high note, earning All-America honors on two relay teams and finishing as South Jersey’s top long jumper for the third straight year.

Tobias opened with an 18-1 1/2 jump and 17-9 3/4 before hitting 18-8 1/2 to qualify for the finals.

She opened that round with an 18-7 before hitting the 19-1 1/2, which ironically was her only jump with a legal wind (1.4). She fouled on her final attempt.

Tobias and Timber Creek junior Tierra Hooker were South Jersey’s only 19-foot jumpers this year. Tara Zeni of Red Bank Catholic hit 19-2 at the Meet of Champions to lead the state.

Tobias ranks ninth in state history and No. 3 in South Jersey history with her 19-11 1/2 from last year’s state Group 3 meet at Central Regional.

She’ll continue her track career at Iowa.

Willingboro’s Kenady Wilson moves into all-time South Jersey top-10 with high jump PR at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Willingboro senior Kenady Wilson finished her terrific high school career with the best high jump mark by a Burlington County girl in 38 years.

Wilson cleared a personal-best 5-8 3/4 and placed 11th in the championship section of the high jump at the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

That’s No. 8 in South Jersey history and No. 2 in Burlington County history, behind only Olympian Carol Lewis’s 5-9 mark in 1981.

Wilson entered competition at 5-3 and cleared 5-3 and 5-5 on her first attempt and 5-7 on her second attempt. She missed two tries at 5-8 3/4 before clearing it on her third try. The bar moved up to 5-10 1/2 – which only four girls in New Jersey history have cleared – and Wilson missed three tries.

Wilson, who had cleared 5-8 several times, moved into the all-time New Jersey top-30. Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey top-10:

5-10 1/2 …. Megan Kirschling [West Deptford], 2012
5-10 ………. Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 2017, 2018, 2019
5-9 1/2 …… Priscilla Frederick [Paul VI], 2007
5-9 1/4 …… Mandi Wolicki [Ocean City], 1995
5-9 ………. Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
5-9 ………. Erin Halpin [Cherry Hill East], 1986
5-9 ………. Kim Stoll [Holy Spirit], 1994
5-8 3/4 ….. Kenady Wilson [Willingboro], 2019
5-8 …… Tonya Lee (Rancocas Valley), 1987
5-8 …… Joi Johnson (Ocean City), 1993
5-8 …… Misty Farrell (Washington Twp.), 1995
5-8 …… Brooke Minor (Kingsway), 2001
5-8 …… Marcene Jack (Mainland Regional), 2004
5-8 …… Briana Gray (Haddon Heights), 2005
5-8 …… Anna Cook (Florence), 2007
5-8 …… Brianna Hunt (Delsea), 2010
5-8 …… Gabrielle Bennett (Winslow Twp.), 2015
5-8 …… Natalie Cowan (Hammonton), 2015

Paul VI junior Aliya Rae Garozzo runs all-time South Jersey #5 time in 400 hurdles at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Paul VI junior Aliya Rae Garozzo ran the fifth-fastest intermediate hurdles in South Jersey history Sunday at the New Balance Nationals.

Garozzo ran 1:00.16 in the fourth of six sections at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

She lowered her PR more than three-quarters of a second from 1:00.95, which she ran when she won her second straight state Parochial A title at Central Regional last month.

Her time is fastest by any South Jersey intermediate hurdler in six years and No. 25 in state history.

It’s fastest by a South Jersey junior since Torie Robinson of Winslow Township ran 59.56 in 2013.

Cinnaminson junior Meredith Updike also ran sub-61, clocking a 1:00.99 in the fifth section, which is just off her PR of 1:00.67.

The final section of the event, which will determine their final is scheduled for later Sunday afternoon.

53.82 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2017
56.83 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2005
57.48 … Tawana Watkins [JFK Paterson], 2000
58.44 … Amber Allen [Passaic County Tech], 2009
58.6h … Tracy Nelson [Plainfield], 1981
58.91 … Reanda Richards [West Essex], 2018
59.03 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
59.16 … Leslie Njoku [McNair Academic], 2007
59.33 … Kim Duke [Mount Olive], 1984
59.35 … Gonna Ndu [Union], 2009
59.48 … Angela Lee [Franklin Twp.], 1995
59.49 … Shana-Gaye Tracey [Manchester Twp.], 2007
59.56 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.], 2013
59.59 … Christelle Beauvais [Ocean Twp.], 2010
59.63 … Morgan Harvey [North Hunterdon}, 2013
59.66 … Mandie Dulin [Shawnee], 1997
59.69 … Shelley Mitchell [Lakewood], 1988
59.73 … Nichole Candelaria [Newark Tech], 2012
59.78 … Siobhan Counts [Plainfield], 2002
59.81 … Erin Crawford [Hillsborough], 2002
1:00.0h … Ayana Coleman [Columbia], 1997
1:00.08 … Alexandra Cimino [Westwood], 2013
1:00.11 … Kristen Mahon [Notre Dame], 2007
1:00.13 … Arianna Smith [Pennsville], 2019
1:00.16 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2018
1:00.1h … Danielle Myricks [Willingboro], 2001
1:00.26 … Helena Leyrer [Buena], 2012
1:00.30 … Mariah Fede [Paramus Catholic], 2019
1:00.34 … Danielle Hobson [West Orange], 1997
1:00.35 … Judith Riley [Manchester Twp.], 2007
1:00.36 … Sonya Sullivan [Manchester Twp.], 2004
1:00.37 … Jenna Reid [Middletown North], 2017
1:00.43 … Michelle Smith [Teaneck], 2005
1:00.47 … Shaquanda Meylor [Wilson], 2006
1:00.48 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012

ALL-TIME S.J. 400 HURDLES LIST
56.83 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2005
59.03 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
59.56 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.], 2013
59.66 … Mandie Dulin [Shawnee], 1997
1:00.13 … Arianna Smith [Pennsville], 2019
1:00.16 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2018
1:00.1h … Danielle Myricks [Willingboro], 2001
1:00.26 … Helena Leyrer [Buena], 2012
1:00.47 … Shaquanda Meylor [Wilson], 2006
1:00.48 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
1:00.55 … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1997
1:00.58 … Andrea Olsen [Buena], 2013
1:00.67 … Meredith Updike [Cinnaminson], 2019
1:00.69 … Kristina Keegan [Haddonfield], 2003
1:00.73 … Pam Richardson [Edgewood]., 2001
1:00.79 … Courtney Smith [Penns Grove], 2014
1:00.8h … Brittany Caserta [Highland], 2003
1:00.9h … Medea Ashton [Washington Twp.], 1980
1:01.0h … Eusheka Bartley [Highland], 1992
1:01.04 … Tynisha Revels [Camden], 1999
1:01.1h … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
1:01.14 … Brooke Kott [Millville], 2009
1:01.14 … Okechi Ogbuokiri [Willingboro], 1995
1:01.23 … Brianna Snowden [Rancocas Valley], 2019
1:01.25 … Carly Pettipaw [Lenape], 2015
1:01.29 … Morgan Gantt [Winslow Twp.], 2002
1:01.3h … Vernick Smith [Wilson], 1998
1:01.32 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp.], 2016
1:01.35 … Thaila Cooper [Kingsway], 2015
1:01.41 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2018
1:01.42 … Natalie Edwards [Pleasantville], 1995
1:01.46 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2019
1:01.49 … Mary Bohi [Seneca], 2009

Winslow and R.V. girls do it again!!! Both earn All-America honors with 4th and 5th in 800-meter sprint med at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

For the second time this weekend, Winslow and Rancocas Valley placed fourth and fifth in a championship relay at the New Balance Nationals.

On Saturday, Winslow and R.V. placed fourth and fifth in the 800-meter relay, Winslow in 1:39.67 and R.V. in 1:40.25. You can read our story about that race here: https://sjtrackblog.com/2019/06/15/winslow-rancocas-valley-girls-800-meter-relay-teams-rewrite-south-jersey-record-book/

On Sunday, Winslow and R.V. repeated that 4-5 finish, this time in the 800-meter sprint medley.

For Winslow, senior Tionna Tobias, freshman Jaia James, junior Janeya Hammond and junior Nylah Perry ran the 100-100-200-400 version of the sprint medley in 1:45.17 for fourth, the fourth-fastest time in South Jersey history,

For Rancocas Valley, seniors Darynn Minus-Vincent and Brianna Snowden, freshman Anabella Chin and sophomore Sheriyah Nutt ran 1:45.56 for fifth, the fifth-fastest time in South Jersey history.

Tobias, Hammond and Perry earned All-America honors for both races for Winslow, and all four R.V. girls ran on both relay teams. All top-six finishers in championship events are named All-America.

R.V. and Winslow ran in separate heats. Nutt anchored for R.V. in 55.61, and Perry anchored in 55.85 for Winslow.

The times are No. 9 and No. 13 in state history.

ALL-TIME NEW JERSEY 800-METER SPRINT MEDLEY LIST
1:41.98 … Columbia, 2010
1:43.19 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
1:43.33 … Columbia, 2009
1:43.76 … Union Catholic, 2016
1:44.06 … Willingboro, 2003
1:44.33 … Camden, 2006
1:44.78 … Summit, 2017
1:45.07 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:45.17 … Winslow Twp., 2019
1:45.19 … Pope John XIII, 2012
1:45.30 … East Orange, 2006
1:45.52 … Newark Tech, 2012
1:45.56 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
1:45.60 … Columbia, 2011
1:45.61 … Camden, 2005
1:45.78 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:45.78 … Winslow Twp., 2018
1:45.81 … Union Catholic, 2017
1:46.02 … Columbia, 2014
1:46.13 … Union Catholic, 2018
1:46.43 … Winslow Twp., 2017
1:46.56 … East Brunswick, 2017
1:46.74 … Newark Tech, 2011
1:46.80 … Summit, 2015
1:46.84 … Woodbridge, 2018
1:46.86 … Sussex County VoTech, 2017
1:46.97 … Woodrow Wilson, 2007
1:46.99 … Winslow Twp., 2019

Haddonfield girls run all-time South Jersey #5 time in 4-by-8 at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

The Haddonfield girls ran the fifth-fastest 3,200-meter relay in South Jersey history and the fastest in seven years Saturday.

The team of sophomores Sarah Natichia, Lindsay Colflesh, Olivia Stoner and Payton Weiner placed seventh in 9:12.30 in the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

It’s Haddonfield’s fastest time since 2008 and the fastest time by a South Jersey 4-by-8 since Lenape ran 9:05.62 and placed third at the 2012 meet.

Natachia led off with a 2:16.33 leg to get Haddonfield into the race. Haddonfield was one of three New Jersey schools in the top eight, along with winner Union Catholic [8:59.89] and Ridge [9:03.39], who placed first and fifth.

The only faster times in South Jersey history were turned in by Lenape in 2012 [9:05.62] and 2008 [9:05.83] and Haddonfield in 2008 [9:06.30] and 2000 [9:10.32].

ALL-TIME NEW JERSEY 3,200-METER RELAY LIST
8:45.37 Columbia 2014
8:52.80 Southern Reg. 2009
8:54.88 Columbia 1997
8:55.44 Freehold Twp. 2014
8:55.82 Ridge 2017
8:56.37 Columbia 2013
8:56.45 Pope John XXIII 2007
8:59.16 Voorhees 2002
8:59.78 Union Catholic 2019
9:00.38 Bernards 2010
9:00.43 Ridgewood 2012
9:01.51 Ridge 2019
9:03.39 Ridge 2019
9:03.4h Bernards 1983
9:03.74 Red Bank Catholic 2012
9:04.22 Roxbury 2008
9:05.62 Lenape 2012
9:05.83 Lenape 2008
9:06.12 Freehold Twp. 2013
9:06.30 Haddonfield 2008
9:06.47 West Windsor Plainsboro South 2014
9:06.80 Voorhees 2008
9:06.81 Ridge 2016
9:06.92 Randolph 2010
9:07.1h Columbia 1983
9:07.36 Voorhees 2003
9:07.48 West Windsor Plainsboro South 2015
9:07.6h Ridgewood 1988
9:07.63 Red Bank 2011
9:08.15 Southern Regional 2016
9:08.37 Roxbury 2005
9:09.3h Pope John XXIII 2006
9:09.58 Ridge 2015
9:09.6h Vailsburg 1981
9:09.85 Columbia 1998
9:10.04 Union Catholic 2018
9:10.06 Southern Regional 2014
9:10.24 Columbia 1996
9:10.3h Columbia 1982
9:10.3h Ridgewood 1983
9:10.32 Haddonfield 2000
9:11.47 Columbia 2010
9:12.12 Mount St. Dominic 2012
9:12.30 Haddonfield 2019
9:12.4h Pope John XXIII 2005
9:12.66 Memorial West New York 2008
9:12.76 Northern Highlands 2012
9:12.9h Summit 1981
9:13.3h Ridgewood 1981
9:13.70 North Hunterdon 2016
9:13.75 Hunterdon Central 2011
9:14.04 Mountain Lakes 2017
9:14.39 Randolph 2007