Cinnaminson’s Austin Gabay runs TWO PRs in first collegiate track meet for Duke!

Austin Gabay began his college track career with a hot 800-1,500 double and a couple PRs.

Gabay, a Duke freshman from Cinnaminson, raced this past weekend at the Tobacco Road Challenge at Duke’s Morris Williams Stadium in Durham, N.C.

First up was the 1,500, and Gabay ran 3:50.13, which converts to about 4:07.1 for the 1,600-meter run and 4:08.54 for a full mile.

Gabay was out in 45.83 for the first 300, then closed with 400s of 61.43, 62.94 and 59.95.

However you break it down, the 3:50.13 is a huge PR for Gabay. His fastest high school 1,500 was a 4:06.93 at New Balance Nationals at the Armory in March of 2019, his fastest 1,600 or mile was a 4:16.02 for 1,600 meters, when he edged Haddonfield’s Derek Gess at the 2019 state Group 2 meet at Central Regional in Bayville.

Less than two hours later, Gabay was back on the track for the 800 and had enough left to run 1:54.64. He was out a little fast (54.58), which isn’t ideal in a quick double, but he held it together enough to break 1:55.

Gabay’s previous 800 PR was a 1:54.73, which he ran fresh at 2019 Haddonfield Distance Night in May of 2019.

These were Gabay’s first track races since the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze, when he ran 9:00.27 for 3,200 meters in a titanic battle with Liam Murphy of Allentown [8:58.16] and Jack Jennings of Mendham [8:58.19].

They were his first outdoor races since he ran a two-mile at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., in June of 2019.

Florence graduate Shelton Sainvil earns NCAA D-3 ranking after massive javelin improvement at Stockton!

Shelton Sainvil is our favorite kind of athlete.

According to his MileSplit bio, Sainvil had a javelin best of 103-0 as a freshman at Florence, hit 119-11 as a sophomore and then threw 130-11 as a junior.

He PR’d with a 145-2 as a senior in 2017, when he reached the state Group 1 meet at Egg Harbor. That ranked him No. 186 in the state and No. 40 in South Jersey.

Sainvil stuck with it.

He went to Delaware Valley College in Doylestown and extended his PR to 156-11 as a freshman at a meet at Widener and then to 159-4 as a sophomore, again at Widener. 

That was the last we saw of Sainvil into a couple weeks ago, when he resurfaced as a junior at Stockton University.

He PR’d in his first meet competing for the Ospreys, a meet at his home facility in Galloway Township, and then had a breakthrough in another home meet, throwing 173-3 earlier this month.

Sainvil has now PR’d by nearly 14 feet this year and nearly 30 feet since he graduated from Florence (although he did throw 157-6 the summer of 2017 at the American JavFest in East Stroudsburg).

He’s now ranked fourth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and 38th in NCAA Division 3.

When Sainvil was a freshman, in the spring of 2014, his javelin partner at the Hall of Fame Relays in Maple Shade was senior Curtis Thompson, who went on to become a four-time All-America at Mississippi State, won the 2016 NCAA Championship, broke the U.S. Olympic Trials meet record in 2016 and won the 2018 U.S. championship.

Thompson, currently the No. 3 ranked American at 258-11, is No. 16 in U.S. history at 271-11.

But his former Hall of Fame Relays partner isn’t doing so badly himself!

It appears Sainvil went by “Marrick” Sainvil until his sophomore year at Florence.

Rancocas Valley grad Danielle Steff shatters Monmouth javelin school record!!!

Rancocas Valley graduate Danielle Steff shattered Monmouth’s school record in the javelin Saturday with a 166-6 bomb in a dual meet against Rider in Lawrenceville.

Steff broke her own school record of 164-3, set by Kelsey Reese at the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, alsoi in Lawrenceville.

Steff’s previous PR was a 164-2 – one inch shy of Reese’s school record – set at the NCAA East Region preliminary rounds in Jacksonville in May of 2019.

Steff fouled on three of her first five throws, and her best throw going into her final attempt was a 157-9. 

Her mark ranks No. 22 in NCAA Division 1 so far this spring and No. 1 in the MAAC by nearly 30 feet. She’s also thrown 130-7 in the discus and 37-7 1/4 in the shot this spring.

She also ranks No. 19 among all U.S. women, according to the IAAF 2021 international performance list

Steff is only about 10 feet from the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 177-2. 

She’s also closing in on the all-time South Jersey alumni new javelin record of 169-9 set at the 2017 Penn Relays by Bordentown graduate Kelly Yanucil of St. Mary’s in Emmittsburg, Md.


Sterling grad Jah’mere Beasley runs #8 200 in NCAA Division 3 for Rowan!

Rowan freshman Jah’mere Beasley, a Sterling graduate, ran a fast wind-legal 200 Saturday in a meet at West Chester University’s Farrell Stadium.

Beasley ran 21.72 into a 0.1 meters-per-second headwind, leading a 1-2 Rowan finish with freshman teammate Nana Ageymang, who was second in 22.44.

Beasley, who already ranks No. 1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference with a 10.86 100 from last weekend (and a 10.95 with legal wind), now ranks No. 1 in the 200 as well. Nobody else in the NJAC is under 22 seconds.

His 200 time is No. 8 in NCAA Division 3 and No. 2 among Division 3 freshmen, behind only Jayden Sloan of McMurry University of Abilene, Texas, who ran 21.67 at the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio this past weekend. 

Sloan also ran a leg on McMurry’s 3:15.13 4-by-4 team, which is the only Division 3 school in the country that’s run faster than Rowan’s 3:15.86.

Beasley has lifetime best of 21.30 from the 2019 Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington. This is the earliest in any season he’s ever run under 22 seconds.

Lehigh’s Connor Melko from Eustace wins 5,000 at Bucknell with 20-second PR!

Lehigh sophomore Connor Melko of Bishop Eustace outraced a field of 31 runners to win his first collegiate track 5,000.

Melko ran 14:27.92 at the Bucknell Quad Meet in Lewisburg, Pa., outpacing Garrett Gough of Army by 65 meters. Gough was second in 14:39.23.

In his only other track 5,000, Melko ran 14:47.53 to place 10th at New balance Outdoor Nationals in June of 2019 in Greensboro, N.C.

Melko’s time is No. 2 this year in the Patriot League, behind only Army junior Marshall Beatty, who ran 14:27.61 in a meet in Annapolis, Md., last weekend. Beatty did not compete this weekend at Bucknell.

No splits available on the official results, and as we’ve noted before, Lehigh’s lame web site is one of the few in NCAA Division 1 that doesn’t offer men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor all-time top-10 performance list, so we can’t tell you where Melko ranks in school history or what the school’s freshman record is.


Kingsway grad Rachel Vick smashes collegiate PR in first 800 in two years!

Kingsway graduate Rachel Vick dipped down for a rare 800 Saturday and turned in a huge collegiate PR for Connecticut.

Vick, who hadn’t run an open 800 in two years, placed second in the UConn Dog Fight in Storrs with a time of 2:13.48. She finished second to teammate Amy Piccolo, who won the race in 2:12.05.

This was Vick’s first 800 indoors or out since a meet in Storrs in April of 2019. She shattered her PR of 2:16.89, which she ran at the Brown Springtime Invitational in April of 2018 in Providence. Those are the only three 800s she’s run in three years at U. Conn.

Vick didn’t race indoors in 2020 or 2021 and Connecticut didn’t have an outdoor season in 2020, so Vick has only raced three times since May of 2019. Her first two races this spring were 1,500s.

Vick focused on the 1,600 and 3,200 at Kingsway, but she did run a 2:12.28 at Group 4 sectionals in 2017 at Egg Harbor, finishing just behind Brooke Fazio of Ridge, who ran 2:11.25. Fazio has run 2:04.18 this spring.

Rowan men run 2nd-fastest 1,600-meter relay in NCAA Division 3!

Francis Terry, Hunter Barbieri, Amara Conte and Vincent Delle teamed up to run the second-fastest 1,600-meter relay time in NCAA Division 3 on Saturday.

Terry is a graduate of Sterling, Barber from Egg Harbor Township, Conte from Ferris High in Jersey City and Delle from Old Bridge. 

Terry, Barber, Conte and Delle ran an unpressed 3:15.86 at the Bill Butler Invitational at West Chester University’s Farrell Stadium. The Profs won by 40 meters over The College of New Jersey, which ran 3:21.12.

The only faster Division 3 time this year was turned in on Friday by McMurry University of Abilene, Texas, which ran 3:15.13 at the UIW Invitational at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.

The 1985 Rowan team – then Glassboro State College – set the school record of 3:10.1 hand-timed, with Deptford’s Tommy Adams and Overbrook’s Ron Moore on the team. That quartet went on to win the NCAA Division 3 title at 3:11.57

Collingswood grad Keven Kevelier pops No. 7 triple jump in Monmouth history!

Monmouth freshman Keven Kevelier won the triple jump in a dual meet against Rider Saturday with the No. 7 mark in Monmouth history.

Kevelier, a Collingswood graduate, jumped 47-2 3/4 (with no wind information available) to win the event by about five inches over Rider soph Justin Gladden, who jumped 46-9 1/4.

Kevelier’s previous collegiate PR was 46-8 1/2 in March in a dual meet against Army at West Point, N.Y. 

At Collingswood, Kevelier set his lifetime best of 47-5 1/4 in winning the 2019 Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington. 

Kevelier’s jump is No 2 in the Metro Atlantic Conference this year, behind teammate and indoor MAAC champion Mohamad Didgourga, a former Burlington County Scholastic League champion for Trenton Catholic, who jumped 48-11 3/4 at Lafayette last month.

Buena grad Kristin Siegle demolishes Rider’s 800 school record!!!

Buena’s Kristin Siegle obliterated her 800 PR Saturday and shattered Rider’s school record in a dual meet against Monmouth in Lawrenceville.

Siegle won the race in 2:10.83, edging Monmouth freshman Katie Locker, who ran 2:11.48.

She broke Rider’s outdoor school record of 2:11.24, set by Stephanie Welte at the 2016 Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.

The 2:10.83 is a ridiculous seven-second outdoor PR for Siegle, who hadn’t raced an outdoor 800 since the 2019 Metro Atlantic Conference Championships in Long Branch, where she ran 2:17.90.

Her indoor PR is 2:13.90 from a meet in Albana in February of 2020, before last year’s indoor season ended prematurely.

Siegle went from not even being on Rider’s all-time outdoor 800 top-10 to being on top of the list.

At Buena, Siegle had an 800 PR of 2:20.03 at 2015 Group 3 states at South Plainfield, so she’s shaved nearly 10 seconds off her high school best.

Siegle and Locker moved into the top two spots on the 2021 Metro Atlantic Conference performance list.

Delsea grad Nico Morales records lifetime best in Rutgers pole vault win!

Delsea graduate Nico Morales, a freshman at Rutgers, cleared a personal-best 15-7 1/4 at the Rutgers B1G Tri-Meet Saturday in Piscataway.

Morales’ previous PR was 15-7. Since he already had the meet won, he had the bar moved up to a PR height, which he cleared. The meet results site doesn’t have series information, so I’m unable to tell you where he entered, where he had misses, what attempt he cleared 15-7 on and whether he attempted another height. Hopefully, that info is eventually updated within the results.

In any case, Morales’ mark is

Morales first cleared 15-7 at the 2019 Tri-County Conference Championships at Delsea. He also cleared 15-7 this past winter for Rutgers, in a meet at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. That’s No. 9 in Rutgers indoor history.

Morales’ mark makes him the No. 4 freshman in the Big Ten Conference this year.