Burlington Township’s Zhanye Vines wins second straight sectional shot put title!!!!

Burlington Township senior Zhanye Vines won her second straight sectional shot put title over the weekend and remains unbeaten this year against South Jersey competition.

Vines threw 38-2, just 1 1/2 inches short of her PR, and won the Central Jersey Group 3 title by more than 3 1/2 feet.

Vines is only the second Burlington Township girl to win consecutive indoor sectional titles. The first was also a shot putter. Burlington County record holder Ronetta Hunter won Central Jersey Group 3 in 2013 and South Jersey Group 3 in 2014 and 2015.

Vines threw an indoor PR 38-3 1/2, which is No. 1 in South Jersey this year, at Ocean Breeze last weekend. She has an outdoor PR of 38-5 3/4 from states last spring, where she placed third.

She’s the top Burlington County thrower indoors in four years, since Tamara Carmichael of Palmyra threw 39-0 1/4 in 2016, and she’s No. 16 in Burlington County history but only a foot out of the top 10.

43-10 … Ronetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015
43-4 3/4 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2012
41-10 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1984
41-0 … *Nicole Scott [Willingboro], 1997
40-4 … Shanna Campbell [Pemberton], 2007
40-3 … Beverly Bright [Willingboro], 2002
39-10 3/4 … Sarah Anderson [Seneca], 2007
39-8 1/2 … Sandy Hinson [Lenape], 1988
39-2 … Bridget Sedivi [Cherokee], 1991
39-2 … Rose Perry [Riverside], 2003
39-1 3/4 … Stacy Hinson [Lenape], 1987
39-1 … Denise Thomas [Willingboro], 1980
39-0 1/4 … Tomara Carmichael [Palmyra], 2016
38-8 1/4 … Cheryl Muse [Willingboro], 1982
38-5 1/4 … Nicolette Muse [Kennedy], 1988
38-3 1/2 … Zhanye Vines [Burlington Twp.], 2020


Huge middle-distance double for Pleasantville’s Gabriel Moronta at Group 2 sectionals!!!

After a huge double Sunday, Gabriel Moronta is now the only runner on the top-5 on both the state 400 and 800 performance lists.

Moronta won the 400 at South Jersey Group 2 sectionals at the Bubble with an indoor personal-best 49.70 and won the 800 in 1:57.29. Moronta has already run 1:54.59 this winter, just behind Stone Caraccio’s 1:54.53.

The Pleasantville senior is now No. 1 in South Jersey this year in the 400 and No. 4 in the state and No. 2 in South Jersey in the 800 and No. 3 in the state.

Here are the updated performance lists from New Jersey MileSplit:

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49.41 … Tyhir Jones [Union Catholic]
49.46 … Adam Gorka [South Brunswick]
49.50 … Jakob Kunzer [Lawrenceville School]
49.70 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantvlle]
49.86 … Bayyan Dallas [Union]

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1:53.68 … Nicholas Medeiros [Old Bridge]
1:54.53 … Stone Caraccio [Kingsway]
1:54.59 … Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville]
1:55.25 … Jordan Kaplan [Monroe Twp.]
1:55.66 … Jalen Ridgeway [Toms River North]

Moronta won the 400 Sunday by 16 meters over Shaikyi Hannah of Delsea and lowered his indoor personal best from 50.42 from last year’s state meet, when he placed fourth. Moronta’s outdoor PR is 49.68 from states last spring, so he ran within 2-100ths of a second of that performance as well.

He won the 800 over sophomore teammate Irvin Marable, who ran a personal-best 1:58.89. Marable’s previous PR was 2:00.33 in a meet at Monmouth last month. He’s the No. 5 sophomore in the state.

Moronta and Marable were joined by Xander Roberts and Keon Henry on the winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:31.00.

With those points from Moronta, Marable and the relay team, Pleasantville finished fourth in team scoring with 38 points, behind only Delsea (89), Haddonfield (64) and Deptford (49).

Haddon Twp. grad Jake Dinerman runs apparent mile PR of 4:08.49 at Boston University!!!!!

Haddon Township graduate Jake Dinerman ran what appears to be a mile PR of 4:08.49 Saturday at the David Hemery Valentine Invite at Boston University.

Dinerman split 61.8, 62.6, 62.4 and 61.6.

He ran in the sixth of 24 sections and finished 67th overall in an event that saw 10 runners break 4:00, 25 more break 4:05 and a total of 76 under 4:10.

It looks like Dinerman’s previous PR was a 4:08.84 at the same meet last year, but it’s tough to tell since he’s running for a club team and not a college and nobody seems to keep track of these things.

It also looks like this was Dinerman’s first race since he ran 3:52.79 for 1,500 meters at Swarthmore back in May.

At Haddon Township, Dinerman ran 4:20.31 for 1,600 meters outdoors but never ran an indoor 1,600.

Dinerman ran only one year of college track, the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons at The College of New Jersey, and had PRs of 1:55.73 for 800 meters and 4:22.20 for the mile, with the mile PR coming three years ago at the David Hemery Valentine Invite on the same track.

Dinerman’s affiliation is listed in the David Hemery Valentine results as Moody Park Track Club.

Egg Harbor’s Darren Wan shatters 35-year-old Stockton record in weight throw!!!!

Egg Harbor graduate Darren Wan, now a junior at Stockton University, broke a 35-year-old school record in the weight throw this weekend with a 58-0 1/4 at the Fastrack National Invite at Ocean Breeze.

The previous school record was held by legendary Holy Spirit graduate Mike Mielke, who threw 57-11 3/4 for Stockton in 1985.

Wan placed second to post-collegiate Marcus Disbrew, who threw 59-7 3/4.

Wan hit the 58-0 1/4 on his second of four throws. His previous PR was a 55-5 1/2 at a meet in Lancaster, Pa., last month.

Wan spent his freshman year at Rutgers, sat out the 2018 season, and first competed at Stockton last winter.

At EHT, Wan threw 53-8 1/2 in the shot and 173-2 in the disc.

Huge performance by Janeya Hammond lifts Winslow girls to 7th indoor sectional title in 10 years!!!!!

Senior Janeya Hammond picked up two firsts and a third to lead the Winslow girls to their seventh indoor sectional title in the last 10 years.

Winslow outscored second-place Ocean City 70-40 in the South Jersey Group 3 meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Hammond won the 55-meter dash in 7.29, PR’d to win the high hurdles in 8.56 and took third in the 400 in 58.84.

Junior Shevell Higgs, sophomore Jaia James, senior Nylah Perry and junior Olivia Wright each recorded second-place finishes, Higgs in the hurdles (PR 8.57), James in the 55 (7.42), Perry in the 400 (58.09) and Wright in the high jump (5-0).

Higgs was also fifth in the high jump at 4-10, and James and Wright ran legs on Winslow’s third-place 1,600-meter relay team.

Sophomore Charly Dutton took fifth in the 800 in 2:28.36 and also ran a leg on the 4-by-4.

Freshman Kamryn Holness joined James, Dutton and Wright on the 4-by-4, which ran 4:10.70 and took second to Pennsauken.

Winslow also won indoor sectional titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019. Only Haddonfield (9), Bernards (8) and Ridge (8) have won more since the inception of indoor sectionals in 2008.

Huge performances in shot put, pole vault lift Delsea boys to 6th sectional championship!!!

Junior Joe Metzger led a 1-2-3 shot put sweep, and record-setting Marco Morales led a 1-2-5 finish in the pole vault, and the Delsea boys won their sixth indoor sectional title Sunday at the Bubble.

Delsea outscored second-place Haddonfield, 89-64, scoring nearly half its points — 44 of 89 — in the shot and pole vault.

The team title is Delsea’s sixth since the inception of indoor sectionals in 2008. The Crusaders also won South Jersey Group 2 in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2018.

Metzger threw 47-7, senior Rick Kurczeski 46-4 1/2 and sophomore Josh Caudill 44-0 1/4 in the shot. Morales.

Marco Morales broke the overall sectional record in his pole vault win [https://wordpress.com/post/sjtrackblog.com/17187], twin brother Marco Morales was second at 14-6, and junior Dylan Caceci took fifth at 11-6. Only Rahway (8), Matawan (7), Morris Hills (7), Willingboro (7) and Haddonfield (7) have won more indoor sectional titles than Delsea. Among South Jersey schools, Egg Harbor and Highland have also won six.

Noah Deckert had a big day with a win in a hotly contested 1,600 in 4:31.80 and a second place in the 3,200 in 9:43.12.

The top 10 runners in the seeded heat finished in the span of 5.6 seconds. Delsea junior Dawson Baptiste was sixth with a PR 4:34.56. His previous PR was 4:38.90 from last month. As recently as three weeks ago, his PR was 4:43 outdoors and 4:49 indoors.

Senior Shaikyi Hannah ran 51.78 for second in the 400 and 6.86 for sixth in the 55, and senior Damir Lomax was second in the hurdles in 8.10.

Sophomore Andrew Littlehales lowered his indoor 3,200 PR with a 9:51.76 for third, and senior Nigel Berry ran a big PR 8.24 for sixth in the high hurdles. His previous best was an 8.38 at the Bennett Center last month.

Hurdles sweep lifts Winslow boys to first indoor sectional title in 12 years!!!!!

Senior Isaiah Lewis, junior Brandon Greene and senior Terry McNeill swept the hurdles, leading the Winslow Township boys to their first sectional title indoors or out in 12 years.

Winslow outscored Ocean City by 1 1/2 points, using the 24 points in the 55-meter highs for a 51 1/2-50 win in the South Jersey Group 3 meet at the Bennett Center.

The Winslow boys hadn’t won a sectional title since the Group 3 title indoors in 2008. Their last outdoor title was in Group 4 in 2006.

Lewis ran 7.66 to win the 55 highs, breaking his PR of 7.68 from the Varsity Classic earlier this month at the Armory. Greene ran 7.79, breaking his PR of 7.82, also from the Varsity Classic. McNeill took third in 7.81.

Lewis and McNeill also placed third and fifth in the high jump for 10 more points that turned out to be critical.

Winslow also got a win in a hotly contested shot put competition that saw two of the state’s best go head-to-head.

Senior John Purvis, one of only two 60-footers in the state this year, won the event with a 57-9 1/4 after a good challenge from Hammonton senior Nate Karl, who threw within three-quarters of an inch of his PR at 56-10 1/4. They are ranked No. 2 and 4 in the state.

McNeill, Greene, Lewis and sophomore Trey Moore teamed up to take third in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:33.88.