Brady Shute finished a historic triple Saturday, running a lifetime-best and winning the 800 after also winning the 1,600 and 3,200 at the state Group 1 meet.
He’s the first to triple the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in Group 1 in 22 years and the first South Jersey distance runner ever to triple the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at states in any group.
Shute ran a PR 1:54.58 to out-race top-seeded Nathan Armstrong of Pompton Lakes in at Pennsauken to finish off the triple. Armstrong was second in 1:55.95.
Shute and Armstrong came through the 400 together, but Shute closed in 56.70 to Armstrong’s 58.00 to win by seven meters.
On Friday, Shute won the 1,600 in 4:22.24 and on Saturday morning he won the 3,200 in a personal-best 9:20.99.
The last to triple the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in Group 1 was Brad Becker of Spotswood, who ran 1:58.10, 4:22.72 and 9:39.70 for the sweep in 1999 at South Plainfield.
Shute is also the first South Jersey boy to triple at states in any events since Maple Shade’s Kenneth Karcher won the 200, 400 and intermediate hurdles in Group 1 in 2017.
Shute’s previous 800 PR was 1:55.26 at Haddonfield Distance Night and his previous 3,200 PR was 9:21.93 at Cherokee Distance Night. His 1,600 PR is 4:18.07 from the Haddonfield Invitational.