Links to all From The Backstretch Stories from Friday and Saturday are right HERE

It’s been a busy couple days filled with tremendous performances both from South Jersey’s high school track stars and its alumni, and you may have missed something, so here are quick links to everything we’ve written the last two days on From the Backstretch!

Just click the title!

Much more to come Sunday!

Long-time javelin rivals Thompson, Mirabelli advance to NCAA Championships
Benjamin, Toliver qualify 1-2 in high hurdles at NCAA Division 3 nationals
Woodard bombs PR 185-10 to advance to NCAA discus championships
Cinnaminson piles up 24 points with 1-2-3 shot put sweet in SJ-2
Moorestown’s Outlaw breaks meet record, runs all-time SJ #5 400
Historic 400-400IH double for Eastern freshman Jewel Ash in SJ-4
Salem senior Jonathan Taylor opens M-of-C defense with PR 10.49
Kingsway’s Rachel Vick runs No. 6 1,600 in South Jersey 
Day 1 results from all the sectionals 

South Jersey quartet, led by Bria Mack, rewrites 100-Meter Dash record book
South Jersey Group 4 400-meter dash was fastest and deepest in meet history
Camden’s Morton runs fastest high hurdles time by a South Jersey runner this year
Pennsauken’s Booker out-races loaded field with #4 all-time S.J. time in 200
Rowan’s Salemo becomes first Rowan athlete to win national title in 19 years
HOW THEY WON: Cinnaminson amasses 45 field event points on way to SJ-2 team title
Complete South Jersey and Central Jersey sectional results
HOW THEY WON IT: Schalick used depth and relay strength to win 5th sectional crown
HOW THEY WON IT: Moorestown boys won first sectional title in 43 years
Kingsway’s Vick fashioned one of the greatest distance triples in NJ history
Cherokee grad Woodard adds shot put to NCAA discus qualifier

Cherokee grad Woodard easily qualifies for NCAA championships in shot a day after advancing in the discus!!!!!

Oklahoma junior Jessica Woodard, who threw a personal-best 185-10 to qualify for the NCAA championships in the discus on Friday, advanced to nationals in a second event Saturday when she placed fourth in the shot with a 56-8 3/4 at the Western Regional preliminaries at the University of Texas in Austin.

Woodard, the only woman in the U.S. who’s thrown 60 feet in the shot and 185 in the disc this year, had a series of 52-7 1/4 / 56-8 3/4 / 55-7. The top 12 throwers advanced to the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.

Woodard, a native of Marlton and graduate of Cherokee High School, was one of only two women to qualify in both the shot and discus out of the Western Regional. Maggie Eden of Arizona State was second in the shot and fourth in the discus.

From the East, Emmanie Henderson of Louisville, Dannielle Thomas of Kent State and Janeah Stewart of Mississippi qualified for both throws.

Kingsway’s Rachel Vick just recorded one of the greatest distance triples in New Jersey history!!!!!!

OK, this is insane.

Rachel Vick lowered her 1,600 PR from 4:59.78 to 4:52.88.

She lowered her 800 PR from 2:18.59 to 2:13.00

She lowered her 3,200 PR from 10:47.60 to 10:32.53.

And she did it all without really being pushed. In the span of 24 hours.

Vick, a senior at Kingsway, turned in one of the greatest triples in New Jersey track history this weekend at the South Jersey Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor.

She reduced her PRs a combined 27.56 seconds, or more than nine seconds per race and entered the all-time pantheon of New Jersey distance stars.

Simply unbelievable.

Vick’s performance is the second-fastest sectional distance triple in South Jersey history and most likely the second-fastest in state history as well. Still have a little research to do on that one.

Vick became only the sixth girl in New Jersey track history to run 2:13.00, sub-4:53 and sub-10:35 in an entire career! And she did it in 24 hours!!!!!

Only two-time Olympian Erin Donohue in South Jersey history has had a triple that fast in any meet. Jodi Bilotta and Janet Smith, who ran in Central Jersey in the mid-1980s, may have had similar one-meet triples. Still researching that!

Vick goes into the state Group 4 meet as the top seed in the 1,600 and 3,200 and the No. 3 seed in the 800. Overall, based on all the sectionals state-wide, she No. 4 in the 800, No. 1 in the 1,600 and No. 2 in the 3,200, behind only Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge, who ran 10:31.12 at the Group 3 meet at Delsea.

Oh, and Vick also anchored Kingsway’s winning 3,200-meter relay team, joining up with sophomore Morgan Robinson,, senior Destiny Stanford and junior Alexis Mullarkey to run 9:28.36, third-fastest 4-by-8 from among all the sectional meets.

Let’s take a look at the five other girls who’ve run as fast as Vick … these are some absolute legends of New Jersey track and field:

Michelle Rowen, Washington Township, 1982, 1983: Why hasn’t Vick broken any county records? Because of Rowen. She ran 2:10.1 in 1982, 4:41.52 in 1982 and a state record that still stands of 10:12.8 in 1983.

Erin Donohue, Haddonfield: Legendary Olympian had PRs of 2:08.87 in 2001, 4:41.16 in 2000 and 10:28.6 in 2001. At the 2001 Group 2 sectionals, she ran 2:12.8, 4:49.8 and 10:28.6 – and won the javelin at 141-7.

Ciara Roche, Freehold Township: Ran 2:09.88 in 2016, 4:47.90 in 2016 and 10:33.09 in 2015. Roche did not run the 3,200 in 2016.

Jodie Bilotta, North Hunterdon: The remarkable Bilotta ran 2:09.1 in 1988, 4:47.7 in 1987 and 10:18.0 in 1987

Melanie Thompson, Voorhees: Thompson, like Roche, needed two years to run those times. She ran fast in the 800 and 1,600 in 2009 — 2:10.14 and 4:46.28 — but she didn’t have a fast 3,200 that year. She did run 10:17.18 in 2008, when she won the Meet of Champions.

We already wrote Friday about Vick’s 1,600 – you can read that story here – but let’s take a look at Vick’s historic weekend event-by-event.

800-METER RUN: Her time is No. 16 in South Jersey history but only No. 5 in Gloucester County history, behind Rowen, Ruth Lockbaum, Felicia O’Donnell and Kingsway’s Liz Locke.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey 800 list:

2:07.33 … Marielle Hall (Haddonfield), 2009
2:08.87 … Erin Donohue (Haddonfield), 2001
2:09.2h … Katrina Sye (Buena), 1999
2:09.50 … Renee Tomlin (Ocean City), 2005
2:10.1h … Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1982
2:10.57 … Nijgia Snapp (Oakcrest), 2009
2:10.79 … Krista Ferrara (Vineland), 1991
2:10.9h … Ruth Lockbaum (Glassboro), 1985
2:11.07 … Miya Johnson (Lenape), 2007
2:11.56 … Mary Bohi (Seneca), 2009
2:12.0h … Monica Olkowski (Cherokee), 1990
2:12.61 … Felicia O’Donnell (Delsea), 2009
2:12.63 … Liz Locke (Kingsway), 2010
2:12.83 … Brooke Kott (Millville), 2008
2:12.85 … Greta Feldman (Haddonfield), 2008
2:13.00 … Rachel Vick (Kingsway), 2017

1,600-METER RUN: Vick moved into the No. 6 spot on the all-time South Jersey list in the 1,600. Here’s the entire state list:

4:37.45 … Danielle Tauro [Southern Reg.], 2006
4:41.16 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2000
4:41.61 … Josette Norris [Tenafly], 2013
4:41.52i,y … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
4:42.1h,y … Doreen Ennis [Nutley], 1973
4:43.92 … Ajee’ Wilson [Neptune], 2010
4:44.90 … Molly McNamara [Red Bank Catholic], 2011
4:45.36 … Liz Lansing [Randolph], 2013
4:45.57 … Claudia DiSomma [Sparta], 2010
4:45.97 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2014
4:46.28 … Melanie Thompson [Voorhees], 2009
4:46.32 … Sarah Disanza [High Point Reg.], 2013
4:46.4h … Margaret Scutro [Ridgewood], 1985
4:46.87 … Jill Smith [Southern Reg.], 2007
4:46.95 … Ariann Neutts [Roxbury], 2009
4:47.71 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2007
4:47.7h,y … Jodi Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1987
4:47.90 … Ciara Roche [Freehold Twp.], 2016
4:48.23 … Christina Cancan [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2016
4:48.48 … Kylene Cochrane [West Morris Central], 2014
4:48.62 … Katy Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
4:48.73 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
4:48.82 … Catherine Pagano [Northern Highlands], 2014
4:49.11 … Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2005
4:49.7h … Karen Ahern [Bernards], 1985
4:49.88 … Marin Warner [Holmdel], 2014
4:50.0h,y … Christine Engel [Mount Olive], 1992
4:51.38 … Grace Dwyer [Nottingham], 2014
4:51.54 … Joelle Amaral [Randolph], 2011
4:51.56 … Julia Guerra [Indian Hills], 2015
4:51.5h,y … Joetta Clark [Columbia], 1978
4:51.63 … Stephanie Snyder [Randolph], 1992
4:51.86 … Amanda Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
4:51.89 … Laura Quintana [Bernards], 2013
4:51.7h,y … Meg Waldron [Bernards], 1983
4:51.99 … Dana Giordano [Bernards], 2012
4:52.1h,y … Janet Smith [North Edison], 1984
4:52.41 … Kaitlyn Mooney [Southern Reg.], 2016
4:52.44 … Emily Bushey [Vernon Twp.], 2013
4:52.46 … Jenn Ennis [Roxbury], 2006
4:52.65 … Lindsay Gallo [Howell], 2000
4:52.74 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2015
4:52.7h … Stacy Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1984
4:52.88 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:52.95 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2009

3,200-METER RUN: And finally the 3,200, where Vick moved into the No. 7 spot in South Jersey history.

Vick actually doesn’t even hold the Kingsway 3,200 record. That belongs to Chelsea Ley, who ran 10:19.31 in 2008. That makes Kingsway one of only six schools in state history with two girls under 10:33. The others are North Hunterdon, Red Bank, Voorhees and Ridgewood.

10:12.8h … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1983
10:13.44 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2007
10:15.02 … Sarah Disanza [High Point Reg.], 2013
10:17.18 … Melanie Thompson [Voorhees], 2008
10:17.28 … Katy McCafferty [Oak Knoll], 2008
10:18.0h … Jodie Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1987
10:18.24 … Mackenzie Barry [Mendham], 2012
10:18.7h … Janet Smith [North Edison], 1983
10:19.31 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2008
10:20.40 … Dana Giordano [Bernards], 2012
10:21.46 … Grace Dwyer [Nottingham], 2015
10:22.02 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
10:22.87 … Courtney Thompson [St. John Vianney], 2014
10:25.33 … Megan Curham [Villa Walsh], 2013
10:26.14 … Elyssa Gensib [Princeton], 2012
10:26.1h … Christi Constantin [Kittatinny], 1988
10:26.47 … Katy Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
10:26.56 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2014
10:26.59 … Colette Richter [Mountain Lakes], 2012
10:27.44 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
10:27.74 … Colette Whitney [Voorhees], 2010
10:28.25 … Kaitlyn Mooney [Southern Reg.], 2016
10:28.35 … Kelly Janokowicz [Hillsborough], 2012
10:28.11 … Amanda Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
10:28.6h … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001
10:29.79 … Sarah Pagano [Immaculate Heart], 2008
10:28.80 … Caroline Kellner [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2012
10:29.97 … Carleen Jeffers [Ridgewood], 2015
10:30.57 … Dina Iacone [Washington Twp.], 2012
10:30.75 … Sam Halvorsen [Ridgewood], 2016
10:31.6h … Cate Guiney [Middletown South], 1999
10:31.6h … Lindsay VanAlstine [Hawthorne Christian], 2003
10:31.93 … Jenn Ennis [Roxbury], 2006
10:32.51 … Shannon Goria [River Dell], 2016
10:32.53 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
10:32.4h … Mindy Rowand [Sterling], 1985
10:32.86 … Nicol Traynor [Ridge], 2007
10:33.09 … Ciara Roche [Freehold Twp.], 2015
10:33.21 … Dana Klein [Gill-St. Bernard], 2014
10:33.22 … Holly Bischof [Bishop Eustace], 2011
10:33.25 … Megan Venables [Highland], 2010
10:33.9h … Jenna Rogers [Ridgewood], 1994
10:34.04 … Katie Kellner [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2009
10:34.60 … Catherine Pagano [Northern Highlands], 2014
10:34.5h … Patti Mileski [Ridgewood], 1983
10:34.5h … Sandra Tignor [Princeton], 1988
10:34.79 … Theresa Cattuna [Cherry Hill East], 2007
10:34.92 … Sierra Castaneda [West Morris Central], 2015

HOW THEY WON IT: Moorestown’s Howard, Rieger and Phelps combine for SEVEN PRs to support Outlaw & Fox!!!!!

Brandon Outlaw and Kevin Fox are Moorestown’s two studs. Outlaw ran a meet-record and all-time South Jersey No. 5 46.82 in the 400 on Friday — you can read all about that race here — and Fox raced his way to two second-places at sectionals this weekend with a 1:55.64 and 4:26.62.

The real heroes for Moorestown at Bernards High on its way to its first sectional title in 43 years — 43 YEARS!!!!! — were seniors Zion Howard and Hunter Rieger and freshman Christian Phelps.


Howard, Rieger and Phelps medaled in a combined seven events and in the process set … SEVEN PERSONAL BESTS!!!

That’s what track’s all about! Getting better and performing when the stakes are the highest!

Let’s take a look!

ZION HOWARD: Placed third in the intermediates in 56.33, took fifth in the 200 in 22.32 and ran sixth in the 400 in 50.37 for nine big points for the Quakers. Howard’s previous PRs were 58.17 in the intermediates, 22.36 in the 200 and 50.49 in the open 400.

HUNTER RIEGER: Rieger scored 16 huge points with second-place finishes in both the long jump and high jump. Rieger cleared 6-4 and jumped 22-3. Previous PRs were 6-2 and 21-9 3/4

CHRIS PHELPS: And Phelps came out of nowhere to place in both the high jump and triple jump. He cleared 6-0 after never having done better than 5-8 before, and he went 41-3 1/4 in the triple, adding exactly a foot from his PR from the County Open. Phelps also PR’d in the long jump at 19-6 but did not place.

How big were those combined 33 points?

Moorestown, forced to travel 80 miles for its sectional meet, finished with an 81-70 margin of victory over Nottingham.

The sectional title was Moorestown’s third overall, the first two coming in 1972 and 1974.


HOW THEY WON IT: Relay power and depth give Schalick girls 5th South Jersey Group 1 championship!!!

Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. Up next: Schalick girls!

Schalick scored 24 of a possible 30 points in the three relays and added a whopping 45 3/4 points in the field to win its fifth South Jersey sectional title since 1996.

The Schalick girls outscored second-place Audubon 89 3/4-72 3/4, with the fractions coming from a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump.

The South Jersey Group 1 title at Egg Harbor is Schalick’s third in the last seven years. The Cougars won their previous titles in 1996, 2002, 2011 and 2015.

Let’s take a look at how Schalick did it!

The Cougars scored only 20 points in the eight individual track events. That’s 20 points in the 100 through 3,200 and the two hurdles races.

But Schalick showed its depth by placing second in all three relays.

Deja Aviles, Elyssa Johnson, Deyane Carter and Leigh Jackson ran 50.60 for second to Clayton in the 400-meter relay, Carter, Amanda Chomo, Olivia Grestenbacher and Jackson ran 4:06.46 for second to Audubon in the 1,600 relay, and Chomo, Michaela Costantino, Gerstenbacher and Allison Lowryran 10:06.77 for second to Haddon Township in the 4-by-800.

In the field, the Cougars got three huge wins.

Camry Castellani won the pole vault at 9-6 and was also third in the high jump, Rayanni Robinson won the triple jump at 34-2 1/2 and was also tied for fourth in the high jump, and Zyra Thomas won the shot put with a 40-2 1/2.

The Cougars also got big points from Chomo, who in addition to her two second-place relay legs was second in the 800 in 2:21.08 and fifth in the 400 in 1:00.55. So she had a hand in 26 of Schalick’s 89 3/4 points.

Gerstenbecher was also third in the 1,600 (5:20.15) and fourth in the 3,200 (11:53.75), and Aviles took fifth in the long jump (15-8).

In meet history, only Woodbury (nine titles, only two since 1982), Paulsboro (nine) and Haddonfield (seven) have won more South Jersey Group 1 titles than Schalick.

HOW THEY WON IT: Cinnaminson boys win first sectional title since 2003!!!!!

Over the next 48 hours, we’ll take a look at every South Jersey team that won a sectional title. We start with Cinnaminson boys.

The Cinnaminson boys’ first sectional title in 14 years was a true team effort.

Cinnaminson scored six or more points in a remarkable nine events on its way to 86 total points and a 24-point victory over Willingboro.

The sectional title was Cinnaminson’s fourth but first since 2003, when the Pirates outscored Haddonfield 89-82 for the win at Buena.

The Pirates also won in 1990 and 1992, all in South Jersey Group 2. Since 1985, only Pleasantville (seven) and Bridgeton (six) have won more SJ-2 team titles than Cinnaminson.

Cinnaminson got off to a strong early start with 24 points in the shot put, thanks to a sweep by Kamron Kobolak, Mateus Medeiros and Frank Stepnowski.

The Pirates’ only other win came in the 3,200-meter relay, won by the team of Max Adams, Justin Arnold and Michael and Tommy Ungvarsky – a soph, two juniors and a senior.

But Cinnaminson got second-place finishes from Steven Liu in the triple jump (43-7 3/4), Patrick Bearint in the high jump (6-4) and Ungvarsky in the 3,200 (9:40.02) and thirds from Ungvarsky in the 1,600 (4:23.16), Stepnowski in both the discus (141-6) and javelin (163-1) and James Wood in the pole vault (12-6).

The Pirates also got a fifth and sixth from Justin Arnold and Austin Gabay in the 3,200 (9:50.17, 9:51.01) and a sixth from Christian Neuman in the pole vault (12-6).