Haddonfield’s Colehower out-leans EHT’s Brock in wild MoC 400 finish!!!

A total of 2-100ths of a second separated sophomore Luke Colehower of Haddonfield from senior Amir Brock of Egg Harbor Township at the finish line of the 400-meter dash Saturday at the 49th annual Meet of Champions at the Bubble.

Colehower ran 49.17 and Brock was an eyelash back at 49.19.

That’s the difference of about six inches.

Colehower became Haddonfield’s first Meet of Champions winner since Jonathan Vitez won the 3,200 in 2010. The only other Haddonfield boys to win M-of-C titles are Jim Smith in the 3,000 in 1980 and Chris Platt in the 1,600 in 2003.

He’s also only the second South Jersey 400 winner at the indoor Meet of Champions in the last 16 years, joining Woodbury’s Darrell Bush in 2012.

Before that, South Jersey dominated the 400, winning the event 11 times during the 18-year span from 1990 through 2001, with Willingboro, Lenape, Edgewood and Bridgeton runners responsible for 10 of those 11 titles.

Here’s a list of all the South Jersey Meet of Champions winners in the indoor 400:

1981 – Kevin Overton [West Deptford] 50.1
1984 – Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood] 49.3
1985 – Brian Bennett [Edgewood] 49.5
1990 – William Mobley [Eastern] 49.80
1991 – Lamont Smith [Willingboro] 48.68
1992 – Curt McIntire [Bridgeton] 50.02
1994 – Royce Reed [Bridgeton] 50.06
1995 – Royce Reed [Bridgeton] 49.92
1998 – Rob Gary [Lenape] 49.53
1999 – Nick Brown [Bridgeton] 49.76
2000 – Mohamed Kanu [Lenape] 50.18
2001 – Marvin Lewis. Willingboro] 5013
2012 – Darrell Bush [Woodbury] 49.11
2017 – Luke Colehower [Haddonfield] 49.17

For Brock, the 49.19 is an indoor personal-best. He had run 49.31 at sectionals. He’s gone as fast as 48.49 outdoors.

The 49.19 also lowers his own Atlantic County indoor record and is the fourth-fastest non-winning time in meet history.

Colehower and Brock moved into the No. 14 and 15 spots on the all-time indoor Meet of Champions 400-meter dash performance list.

Here’s the updated list, with finish place listed.

48.26 – Zyaire Clemes [Trenton], 2013 [1]
48.33 – Taylor McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015 [1]
48.48 – Najee Glass [St. Peter’s Prep], 2011 [1]
48.50 – Lance Wigfall [East Orange], 2003 [1]
48.58 – Chinedu Amonu [Ewing], 2013 [2]
48.66 – Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991 [1]
48.77 – Nasir Haines [Freehold Twp.], 2015 [2]
48.92 – Charles Cox [Monmouth], 2007 [1]
49.04 – Leonard Robbins [East Brunswick], 2011 [2]
48.9h – Tony Valentine [Plainfield], 1983 [t]
49.0h – Dave Law [Snyder], 1973 [1]
49.11 – Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012 [1]
49.16 – Bryant McCombs [Old Bridge], 2006 [1]
49.17 – Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017 [1]
49.19 – Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017 [2]
49.29 – Devon Artis [Shabazz], 2011 [3]
49.31 – Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2011 [2]
49.31 – Clayton Gravesande [Franklin], 2010 [1]
49.32 – Dave Fields [Monmouth], 1989 [1]
49.33 – Andrew Burt [Lacey], 2009 [1]

Pennsauken’s Martin Booker (5th in 50.31) and Rancocas Valley’s Brian Merman (8th in 50.52) also placed in the 400 Saturday.

Booker came back to win the 200, with Colehower second. More on that race coming soon!

Saturday’s 1-2 South Jersey finish was the first in the 400 since that 2012 race, with Bush and Cherry Hill East’s Alex Reber going 1-2.

Finally, here’s the updated all-time South Jersey indoor list, with Colehower’s PR 48.75 from earlier this year and Brock moving into the No. 16 spot.

48.27 … Jade Smith [Camden], 2002
48.36 … Mohammad Kanu [Lenape], 2000
48.50 … Alex Reber [Cherry Hill East], 2013
48.55 … Royce Reed [Bridgeton], 1995
48.64 … Keith Griffith [Florence], 2010
48.68 … Lamont Smith [Willingboro], 1991
48.75 … Luke Colehower [Haddonfield], 2017
48.7h … Curt Mcintyre [Bridgeton], 1992
48.7h … John Morris [Camden], 2001
48.91 … Marlin Gross [Bridgeton], 2001
48.91 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
49.03 … Ian Moore [Lenape], 2001
49.05 … William Mobley [Eastern], 1990
49.11 … Darrell Bush [Woodbury], 2012
49.0h … Eric Chekemian [Washington Twp.], 2001
49.19 … Amir Brock [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2017
49.1h … Antonio Abney [Willingboro], 2007
49.24 … Duke Mack [Pleasantville], 2007
49.26 … Tim Carey [Washington Twp,], 2010

Holy Spirit grad Asia Young places first in LJ with indoor PR in her first college conference championship!!!!!

All Asia Young did in her first college conference meet is set a five-inch long jump PR, uncork four of the competition’s five best marks and break the school record.

Young, a Rider freshman from Pleasantville and graduate of Holy Spirit, won the long jump at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference indoor track championships with a personal-best 19-8 3/4 highlighting a terrific series.

Rider placed second to Monmouth in the MAAC meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

Young won her second state Parochial B long jump title last spring – she also won as a sophomore and was second to Ludi Zhu of Gill St. Bernard as a junior – and also ran on Holy Spirit’s state-champion 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams. Indoors, with no long jump, she was state 400-meter dash champ.

She had a high school PR of 19-2 3/4 in the long jump but broke that in her first meet as a collegian, jumping 19-3 1/2 in a meet at Monmouth in December. That broke the indoor school record of 18-10 1/2 set in 2013 by Dashana Ransome and the overall mark of 18-11 3/4 set by Ransome in 2014.

At the conference meet, Young put together a monster series, with four jumps of 18-7 or better. She opened with an 18-11 3/4 and an 18-7 3/4, then after a foul jumped 18-10 1/4. After another foul, she popped the 19-8 1/2 jump on her final jump.

Young needed that last jump because Ellinor Persson of Manhattan had passed her with a 19-3 1/2 jump on her final attempt.

It would be nice to know where Young’s mark stands in meet history, but the MAAC, like so many other smaller conferences, doesn’t bother providing any information on its web site on previous meet winners. Or much of anything, really. There is a link for “Indoor Top Times,” but when you click on it, it’s empty.

The Rider web site provides links for media guides, but the most recent one available is from seven years ago, and there’s nowhere on Rider’s site to find previous conference winners in school history, so I also can’t tell you when the last Rider woman to win a MAAC long jump title was.

At the MAAC meet, Young also ran the 400-meter dash leg on Rider’s distance medley team and placed seventh in the triple jump with a 35-7 3/4. Young did not triple jump in high school, and the 35-7 3/4 is  a PR.

Rider’s indoor triple jump school record holder is former Shawnee star Tabatha Haskins with a 38-8 1/4.

Young’s grandfather was the late Reggie Miller, an all-time South Jersey basketball great who scored over 2,500 points for Holy Spirit, is still 11th in South Jersey history in scoring and has been enshrined in the S.J. Basketball Hall of Fame.

Shawnee’s Mark Miller lowers 1,600 PR for 3rd straight meet, and enters Meet of Champs as SJ’s top seed!!!

Shawnee senior Mark Miller has improved gradually as a miler, from 4:40 as a freshman to 4:32.28 as a sophomore and 4:26.49 as a junior.

The PRs have really been falling of late for Miller, who brought a 4:26.49 PR into his senior year of indoor track.

Miller ran a personal-best 4:23.94 at the Bubble in a SJTCA meet in January, then lowered his PR to 4:23.88 at South Jersey Group 4 sectionals, where he was second to Trenton’s Mulual Mu, then lowered it again to 4:21.54 when he placed fifth at states this past weekend.

That’s three PRs in 24 days for Miller!

Miller is the No. 9 seed for the Meet of Champions and the fastest South Jersey entrant coming out of the various states meets.

He’s also the second-fastest indoor miler in Shawnee history:

4:16.71 … Dave Forward, 2009
4:21.54 … Mark Miller, 2017
4:23.15 … Dave DeJong, 1998
4:25.0h … Keith O’Brien, 1992
4:25.51 … Connor Herr, 2012

The last Burlington County runner under 4:20 indoors was Shawn Wilson of Cherokee with a 4:18.50 in 2012.

Rowan miler John Meyer improved so much since high school you simply won’t believe it!!!!!

step0001-2.pngRowan senior John Meyer placed second in the mile at the New Jersey Athletic Conference meet this weekend in Staten Island with a time of 4:17.34.

Impressed?

Yeah, that’s a nice performance!

Now consider this: Meyer never broke 4:40 in high school!

We always hear about high school studs who go to college and never match their high school PRs. Well, here’s the opposite sort of story.

Meyer ran high school track at Indian Hills in Oakland, Bergen County. His high school 1,600 PR was a 4:42.20 that he ran placing ninth at the North Jersey Section 1 Group 2 sectionals at the Bubble in February of 2013. Meyer finished ninth that day, about 100 meters behind Mahway’s James Buser, who ran a 4:25.15 for the win.

Outdoors, Meyer never broke 4:47. He did get his 800 time down to 2:03 and change, good enough for 13th at the 2013 Bergen County championships, five seconds behind Buser.

But according to the NJ Milesplit database, Meyer didn’t even run the mile outdoors as a senior. His last high school 1,600 on record was that 4:42 at indoor sectionals in 2013.

Which takes us to college.

Meyer wound up at Rowan and immediately began improving. He ran as fast as 4:15.23 for 1,500 meters as a freshman — equivalent of a 4:35.57 full mile. Which was about a nine-second PR over his high school 1,600 best and a 14-second PR over his outdoor 1,600 PR.

As a sophomore, he lowered his mile time to 4:30.55 indoors, then had a huge breakthrough that spring, when he ran as fast as 4:02.06 for 1,500 meters — equivalent of a 4:21.35 full mile and now about 23 seconds faster than he ran in high school.

Another breakthrough came last indoor season when he PR’d at 4:18.73 at the ECAC championships and then last spring at the outdoor ECAC meet he rolled a remarkable 3:54.65 for the 1,500 — equivalent of a 4:13.35 full mile.

That’s half a minute faster than his high school PR!!!!!

This past weekend, Meyer ran an indoor mile PR of 4:17.34, finishing second to Ramapo’s Jeremy Hernandez in the NJAC Championships at the Ocean Breeze facility. Hernandez, a Clifton graduate who has a 3:43.56 1,500 to his credit, ran 4:15.98.

And Meyer, who had a 4:42 high school PR, is now ranked No. 34 in the country in NCAA Division 3.

Meyer, who has also run 1:59.61 this indoor season, also teamed up with Brandon Eldershaw, Kevin Veltre and Crispin D’Augusta to give Rowan a win in the 3,200-meter relay with an 8:05.30. The Profs finished 75 meters ahead of Stockton and won went own to win their third straight team title, outscoring The College of New Jersey by 100 points (245-145)!

Meyer isn’t just one of the most improved runners you’ll find, he’s a team captain, a Rowan scholar-athlete and a member of the Chip Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.

Now, that’s a fun story!

Scoring 54 points in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, Bishop Eustace boys roll to 3rd straight state indoor title!!!

Sophomore Connor Melko won the 800 and 1,600 and the Bishop Eustace distance team piled up a ridiculous 54 points in three events to lead the Crusaders to their third consecutive state Parochial B indoor championship and fourth overall.

With the 10-8-6-4-2-1 scoring system, there are 31 points available per event, so 93 total points in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Eustace scored more than half of them — 54 of 93, or 58 percent of all available distance points in the entire state.

Eustace outscored second-place Hudson Catholic 66-48 to win the Parochial B title. Eustace won Parochial B in 2010, 2015 and 2016.

With four indoor titles, Eustace trails only Willingboro (14), Haddonfield (7) and Woodbury (5) among South Jersey schools. Bridgeton and Winslow also have four.

Eustace also won outdoor state titles in Parochial B in 1992, 1995 and 1996 so now has seven overall championships.

The 1969 Eustace team scored the most points in Parochial B, but that came during a two-year period in which the NJSIAA inexplicably decided not to award state team championships. That 1969 Eustace team is regarded as the unofficial state Parochial B champs.

As for this year’s meet, Eustace scored 24 points in the 1,600, 20 points in the 800 and 10 in the 3,200 for 54 of 66 points in the three long track races.

Some 42 of those points came from Melko, sophomore Andrew Massaro and junior Nick Hutchison.

Melko won the 800 in an indoor PR 2:01.47 and the 1,600 in 4:38.04, Hutchison ran 10:00.62 for second in the 3,200 and 4:42.09 for third in the 1,600, and Massaro ran 4:39.11 for second to Melko in the 1,600.

Junior Philip Sobocinski ran 2:05.11 and sophomore Sean May an indoor PR 2:05.15 for third and fourth in the 800, and senior Michael Dziuba added two points with a fifth-place finish in the 3,200 for a total of 54 points for the Eustace distance team.

The Crusaders also got big points in the field from two seniors – Michael Fisher placed third in the pole vault and Montel Johnson was fourth in the shot put.

May, Massaro and seniors Daniel Hullihan and John Nguyen also teamed up to place fifth in the 1,600-meter relay.

Seneca grad McGrainer of Rhode Island wins Atlantic 10 title at 1,000 meters!!!

step0001Seneca grad Alex McGrainer, a Rhode Island senior, finished first in a wild five-man finish and won the 1,000-meter run at the Atlantic 10 Championships Sunday with a time of 2:31.15.

The top five finishers all ran between 2:31.15 and 2:31.90 in the strategic race, which means  five meters separated first and fifth in the race at George Mason Fieldhouse in Fairfax, Va.

McGrainer had run 2:29.34 in Saturday’s trials, second-fastest among qualifiers behind Nathan Schultz of GMU, who ran 2:29.17.

In the final, McGrainer finished a step ahead of second-place Nathan Schultz of host George Mason (2:31.55), with Colton Nettleton of St. Louis (2:31.65), Jack Magee of St. Joe’s (2:31.67) and Brian Gendron of U. Mass (2:31.90) all just behind.

McGrainer is the first Rhode Island runner to win the A-10 1,000 since Joe Molz in 2006. This was his fourth time finishing in the top three in an A-10 conference championship race but his first title.

McGrainer’s 1,000 PR is 2:25.20 from the Terrier Classic in Boston last month.

George Mason won the team title 214-155 1/2 over Rhode Island.

McGrainer placed in both the 800 and 1,600 at states his senior year at Seneca, running PRs of 1:55.91 and 4:19.83. He was an Olympic Conference, Burlington County and South Jersey Group 3 champ at 1,600 meters.

At URI, he has PRs of 1:53.26 at 800 meters and 3:55.85 for 1,500 meters, equivalent of about a 4:14.7 full mile.

McGrainer is the second South Jersey native to win the 1,000 at the indoor A-10 meet in three years. You won’t find the results on the lame A-10 web site, which doesn’t have any former meet results available and only has a three-year-old meet program, but Delsea graduate Steve Butenewicz of St. Joe’s won the A-10 1,000 in 2015 with a time of 2:29.19.

 

Loaded sophomore class leads Haddonfield boys to 15th state team championship in program history!!!!!

Haddonfield’s talented sophomore class – with some notable help from senior Spencer Flores – led the Bulldogs to their third straight state indoor championship this weekend.

Haddonfield edged Governor Livingston of Berkeley Heights by one point to win its first indoor state Group 2 title. Haddonfield out-scored GL 35-34.

It was the closest team finish in the indoor Group 2 meet in 15 years, since Bridgeton – led by Robert Edwards and Shakeem Brown – beat Craig Segal and Holmdel 37-36 in the 2002 meet at Jadwin Gym.

The state indoor team title is Haddonfield’s 10th, fifth-most in state history behind Christian Brothers (21), Asbury Park (15), St. Benedict’s (12) and Willingboro (12).

Haddonfield also won Group 1 in 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016.

Sophomores Luke Colehower and Derek Gess were huge for the Bulldogs, but they got some help.

–> Colehower won the 400 in 49.92, off his state-leading 48.75 but easily fast enough to win and lock up 10 huge points off the bat for the Bulldogs. Colehower came back to anchor Haddonfield’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, teaming up with Spencer Flores, Gess and soph Zachariah Murray to run a season-best 3:25.27.

–> Gess ran 4:24.97 in the 1,600, placing second to Raritan junior Louis DiLaurenzio, who ran 4:23.38. He also contributed a relay leg.

–> In addition to his relay leg, Flores placed third in the high hurdles, giving the Bulldogs six crucial points. Flores qualified second at 7.81 but settled for third in the final, covering the barriers in 7.86.

–> Another soph, Greg Eisenhower, ran an indoor/outdoor PR of 9:50.49 to score a big point. Considering he was the No. 7 seed, that was clutch.

So even with Colehower and Gess each placing in only one individual event, Haddonfield got 10 points in the 400, eight in the 1,600, six in the hurdles, 10 in the relay and one in the 3,200 for 35 total points and a state championship.

Including Haddonfield’s four outdoor state titles (Group 1 in 1987, Group 2 in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015), that’s now a remarkable 15 state championships for the Bulldogs.