R.V.’s Nick Mirabelli throwing today for a spot on U.S. World team for Pan Am Under-20 Championships javelin!!!!!!

Nick Mirabelli on Saturday tries to throw his way to this summer’s 2019 Pan Am Under-20 Championships at the USATF Under-20 Championships in Florida.

Mirabelli, a Rancocas Valley graduate who just finished his freshman year at Texas A&M, threw 236-6 this year. He set the New Jersey state record of 227-10 when he won the Meet of Champions last spring.

Mirabelli is the No. 2 seed in the nine-man field that will compete starting at 6:10 p.m. at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.

The top seed is Tzuriel Pedigo, who threw 234-11 as a prep last spring at Parkview Baptist High School in Louisiana and placed second in world juniors. He has a best throw of 239-9 this spring competing unattached at the Texas Relays in Austin (finishing just ahead of Mirabelli).

Nobody else in the field has thrown over 225 feet.

To take a look at the heat sheets and the complete field, click here.

The top two finishers qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in the Pan Am World Under-20 Championships in San José, Costa Rica July 19-21.

Other New Jersey throwers in the field include Chris Bagnell and Anthony Ragusa, who both recently finished their freshman year at Rider. Bagnell attended Council Rock North in Newtown and Ragusa is from Old Bridge. Mark Anthony Minichello, who recently finished his freshman year at Penn, is also competing.

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Millville freshman Bryanna Craig taking aim at 5,000-point heptathlon plateau at USATF Under-20 Championships!!!!!

Bryanna Craig has only competed in two heptathlons in her life, and she’s already a national champion and the national scholastic record holder.

Craig set the national freshman high school record of 4,958 points when she won the heptathlon last weekend at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

Heptathlon No. 3 comes this weekend at the USATF Under 20 Championships (formerly Junior Nationals) at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.

At the USATF Under 20 Championships this weekend, Craig will be in a field comprised of some of the top college freshmen and the national high school record holder.

She’ll be — by far — the youngest girl in the field. Craig, a freshman at Millville, turned 15 on Feb. 12, so she’ll have four more cracks at the USATF Junior Nationals.

At New Balance, Craig came up just 42 points shy of becoming the 43rd girl in high school track history to crack the 5,000-point plateau in the two-day seven-event challenge.

A realistic goal for this weekend is hitting that 5,000-point barrier, and if you take a look at Craig’s PRs you see that it’s certainly within reach.

Here’s her PRs and their point values. If you add them up it comes out to 5,108

888 … 100-Meter Hurdles: 14.65 [New Balance]
830 … High Jump: 5-6 [states, Meet of Champions]
449 … Shot Put: 28-9 1/4 [Arcadia]
833 … 200-Meter Dash: 25.60 [Arcadia]
735 … Long Jump: 18-5 1/4 [Rowan Open]
569 … Javelin: 114-4 [New Balance]
804 … 800-Meter Run: 2:21.44 [New Balance]

Here’s the schedule of events for this weekend:

Saturday
3:32 p.m. – 100-Meter Hurdles
4:30 p.m. – High Jump
6 p.m. – Shot Put
7:06 p.m. – 200—Meter Dash
Sunday
12 p.m. – Long Jump
1 p.m. – Javelin
2:15 p.m. – 800-Meter Run

Craig has the third-highest PR in the six-woman field.

The top seed is Anna Hall, who set the national high school heptathlon record of 5,798 points on June 1, 2018, as a senior at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to her IAAF profile, she hasn’t contested any heptathlons since.

The qualifying window ran from June 15, 2018, through June 16, 2019, but Hall is eligible because she scored a national scholastic-record 4,302 points when she placed third at the USATF Indoor Champions at Ocean Breeze.

Hall and Craig are the only high school athletes in the heptathlon field.

The No. 2 seed is Timara Chapman of North Carolina State, who scored 5,412 points when she placed third at ACC’s in Charlottesville.

Also entered are college freshmen Sara Foster of Akron (won Mid-American Conference title with 4,808 points), Jadin O’Brien of Wisconsin (4,777 points last summer when she won AAU Junior Nationals) and Rene Rosso of Mount St. Mary’s (4,548 points winning the Penn Relays).

Craig is ranked No. 63 in the world among women under 20 by the IAAF and No. 5 in the world among those under 18.

Among U.S. juniors, Chapman and Craig are ranked No. 2 and No. 4, although Hall would be No. 1 based on her 2018 score. The current U.S. No. 1 and No. 3 junior heptathletes — Sterling Lester of Georgia (5,694 points) and Allie Jones of Stanford (5,041 points) aren’t entered this weekend.

 

Kingsway graduate Kylie Anicic is racing in the USATF Under-20 Championships 1,500 this weekend!!!!!

Just a few months ago, Kylie Anicic was a soccer player at Temple.

These days, she is neither.

She’s a runner at Towson, and she’s quickly become a very good one!

Anicic, a native of Mickleton, is headed to the USATF Junior Nationals in Florida this weeken, where she’ll race the 1,500.

She had a nice career at Kingsway, running 2:17.59 for 800 meters, 5:07.11 for 1,600 and 11:09.09 for 3,200 by the end of her senior year, but she was probably better-known as a soccer player, and she decided to continue her athletic career as a soccer player at Temple.

But after playing sparingly this past fall – the Temple web site says she played in only two games – she transferred to Towson, where she re-ignited her running career.

She focused on relays indoors but in late March in a 1,500 at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, she ran 4:41.81, the equivalent of about a 5:02.5 for 1,600 meters or a 5:04.3 for the full mile. Either way, in her first outdoor college race, she ran about a five-second PR.

At a home meet in April, she ran an 800 PR of 2:16.98 and then she lowered her 1,500 PR two more times — to 4:39.41 in a meet at George Mason and 4:36.42 at Princeton. That’s the equivalent of a 4:56.7 for 1,600 or a 4:58.5 mile – more than a 10-second PR over high school.

At the Colonial Athletic Conference meet at Elon, N.C., she placed sixth in the 1,500 in 4:41.14 and was the top freshman in the race. She finished the year as the No. 1 freshman in the CAA in the 1,500 and No. 2 in the 800, behind only Maggie Linton of James Madison, a West Chester, Pa., native, who ran 2:15.38.

That 4:36.42 puts Anicic No. 3 in Towson history and is fastest in nine years. Not bad for a soccer player! Here’s a look at the top 5:

4:30.44 … Kaylin GIlmartin-Donohue, 2010
4:32.80 … Maureen Shaneman, 1989
4:36.42 … Kylie Anicic, 2019
4:36.84 … Michele Mathsen, 1998
4:41.39 … Emily Johnson, 2018

The 2:16.98 puts her at No. 9 in Towson history in the 800, just behind another South Jersey runner, Rancocas Valley graduate Renee Pascalcqua, who ran 2:16.68 in 2004. A third South Jersey half-miler is on that list, Sarah Robbie of Cherokee, who ran 2:13.30 in 2014 and is No. 3 in school history./

With her 4:36.42, Anicic posted a “B” standard for this weekend’s USATF Under-20 Championships (the meet formerly known as Junior Nationals). When most of the women who posted the “A” standard didn’t enter, she earned a lane and will race Sunday.

The 1,500 is a one-race final with 12 entrants scheduled for 5:49 p.m. Sunday at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.

The top two finishers will qualify for the U.S. national team will compete in the Pan American Under-20 Championship in San José, Costa Rica, July 19-21.

Who were the leading South Jersey freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in each event? Here’s Part 2: The Girls List!!!!!

I was wondering the other day how many events Millville’s remarkable Bryanna Craig held the No. 1 South Jersey freshman ranking in, and that led me to come up with these lists of the top athletes in South Jersey by class in each event!

Thanks to the MileSplit database, I was able to come up with the top freshman, sophomore, junior and senior in every major event.

It’s quite a list and it shows just how much talent is coming back next year!

Oh, and the answer to the question about Bryanna Craig? Would you believe FIVE events???

If you missed it yesterday, here’s the boys list: https://wp.me/p5uW7L-4dl

As always, if you see any additions or corrections, let me know in the comments section!

100-Meter Dash
Freshman: Jaia James [Winslow Twp.], 12.54
Sophomore: Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor], 11.87
Junior: Emily Wallace [Collingswood], 12.31
Senior: Dennisha Page [Woodrow Wilson], 11.63
 
200-Meter Dash
Freshman: Bryanna Craig [Millville], 25.60
Sophomore: Sheriyah Nutt [Rancocas Valley], 24.18
Junior: Jewel Ash [Eastern], 24.70
Senior: Dennisha Page [Woodrow Wilson], 23.66
 
400-Meter Dash
Freshman: Bryanna Craig [Millville], 56.30
Sophomore: Jade Pope [Pennsauken], 56.08
Junior: Nylah Perry [Winslow Twp.], 56.23
Senior: Dennisha Page [Woodrow Wilson], 54.41
 
800-Meter Run
Freshman: Grace Ringer [Cinnaminson], 2:18.79
Sophomore: Lindsay Colflesh [Haddonfield], 2:14.87
Junior: Allie Pierontoni [Kingsway], 2:17.41
Senior: Shelby Whetstone [Lenape], 2:10.55
 
1600-Meter Run
Freshman: Kylie Dawson [Eastern], 5:11.69
Sophomore: Sarah Naticchia [Haddonfield], 4:55.90
Junior: Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 5:02.04
Senior: Katy Storti [Bishop Eustace], 5:07.53
 
3200-Meter Run
Freshman: Kylie Dawson [Eastern], 11:33.02
Sophomore: Sarah Naticchia [Haddonfield], 10:48.87
Junior: Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 11:03.38
Senior: Katy Storti [Bishop Eustace], 11:04.11
 
100-Meter Hurdles
Freshman: Bryanna Craig [Millville], 14.65
Sophomore: Jailya Ash [Eastern], 14.11
Junior: Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 14.15
Senior: Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 13.67
 
400-Meter Hurdles
Freshman: Anabella Chin [Rancocas Valley], 1:03.10
Sophomore: Amirah Sharpe [Paulsboro], 1:02.07
Junior: Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 1:00.16
Senior: Arianna Smith [Pennsville], 1:00.13
 
High Jump
Freshman: Bryanna Craig [Millville], 5-6
Sophomore: Jaaliyeah Evans [Collingswood], 5-4
Junior: Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 5-10
Senior: Kenady Wilson [Willingboro], 5-8 ¾
 
Long Jump
Freshman: Bryanna Craig [Millville], 18-5 ¼
Sophomore: Analiese Bulgin [Eastern], 17-8
Junior: Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 19-0
Senior: Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 19-1 ½
 
Triple Jump
Freshman: Anaya Young [Ranc. Vall.], 36-9 ½
Sophomore: Chastiney Pearson [Timber Creek], 37-5 ¾
Junior: Kristina Tossas [Rancocas Valley], 36-11
Senior: Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 42-2
 
Pole Vault
Freshman: Kaitlyn Smith [Gateway], 10-6
Sophomore: Sarah Parr [Audubon], 11-0
Junior: Payton Silar [Moorestown], Stephanie Maines [Moorestown], 10-6
Senior: Jennifer Scott [Haddonfield], 11-3
 
Discus
Freshman: Ravin Hood [Rancocas Valley], 130-6
Sophomore: Michaela Pomatto [Egg Harbor Twp.], 129-4
Junior: Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 136-3
Senior: Brinae Thompson [Delsea], 129-2
 
Shot Put
Freshman: Ravin Hood [Rancocas Valley], 39-1 ¼
Sophomore: Zuri Richardson [Williamstown], 37-6 ½
Junior: Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 43-11
Senior: Amaya Reed-Clark [Paulsboro], 41-5 ½
 
Javelin
Freshman: Aysiah Maldonado [Audubon], 122-10
Sophomore: Julia Nocentino [Kingsway], 117-10
Junior: Kira Parsons [Millville], 134-0
Senior: Brielle Smith [Oakcrest], 168-6
 

Who were the top South Jersey freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in every event? Let’s take a look!

Did any freshmen in South Jersey break 50 in the 400? Who’s the fastest returning two-miler? Did any sophs clear 6-4 in the high jump?

Thanks to the MileSplit database, we can answer all these questions.

With an incredible 2019 outdoor track season behind us, this is a great time to look at the top South Jersey freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in every event.

One thing’s for sure after looking at these lists: 2020 will be just as exciting as 2019!

Here’s the boys list. We’ll post the girls list tomorrow! And as always, please list additions or corrections in the comments section and I’ll fix immediately!

100-Meter Dash
Freshman: : Edward Jamison [Burlington Twp.], 11.35
Sophomore: : Aaron Williams [Pennsauken], 11.03
Junior: : Miekel House [Delran], 10.73
Senior: : Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 10.60

200-Meter Dash
Freshman: : Matthew Mazero [Paul VI], 22.42
Sophomore: : Elias Rivera [Millville], 22.33
Junior: : Malachi Melton [Cedar Creek], 21.88
Senior: : Jah’mir Beasley [Sterling], 21.30

400-Meter Dash
Freshman: : Michael Mazero [Paul VI], 49.60
Sophomore: : Carl Jordan [Eastern Reg.], 50.44
Junior: : Shaikyi Hannah [Delsea], 49.05
Senior: : Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 47.89

800-Meter Run
Freshman: : Jacob Torres [Cedar Creek], 1:59.03
Sophomore: : Riley Miller [Delsea], 1:59.30
Junior: : Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 1:54.74
Senior: : Derek Gess [Haddonfield], 1:53.88

1600-Meter Run
Freshman: : Kyle Rakitis [Kingsway], 4:28.66
Sophomore: : Aiden Eyre [Cherry Hill East], 4:27.42
Junior: : Stone Caraccio [Kingsway], 4:13.46
Senior: : Matt Coffey [Camden Catholic], 4:16.55

3200-Meter Run
Freshman: : Andrew Littlehales [Delsea], 9:42.04
Sophomore: : Brady Shute [Woodbury], 9:39.66
Junior: : Kevin Antczak [Mainland Reg.], 9:09.38
Senior: : Connor Melko [Bishop Eustace], 9:06.52

110-Meter Hurdles
Freshman: : Zachariah Debose [Pemberton], 15.66
Sophomore: : DaShaun Sykes [Buena Reg.], 15.29
Junior: : Anthony Vasquez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 14.32
Senior: : Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 13.52

400-Meter Hurdles
Freshman: : Zachariah DuBose [Pemberton], 1:01.72
Sophomore: : Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 55.89
Junior: : Tarheeb Still [Timber Creek], 53.95
Senior: : Cameron Kee [Haddon Heights], 53.88

High Jump
Freshman: : Dillon Page [Cherry Hill East], 6-0
Sophomore: : Aden Tomeo [Audubon], 6-4
Junior: : Kameron Smith [Willingboro], 6-6
Senior: : Marcel Washington [Dept.], Steven McKoy [Pal.], 6-4

Long Jump
Freshman: : Trey Simmons [Delsea], 20-0 ½
Sophomore: : Termeir Hill [Clayton], 23-3
Junior: : Damir Lomax [Delsea], 22-9 ½
Senior: : Tai Matlock [Rancocas Valley], 23-1

Triple Jump
Freshman: : Jaden Johnson [Sterling], 43-7 ¼
Sophomore: : Floyd Whitaker [Highland], 50-2 ½
Junior: : Keven Kevelier [Collingswood], 47-5 ¼
Senior: : Mubeen Momodu [Egg Harbor Twp.], 48-1 ½

Pole Vault
Freshman: : Kaique Veira Clovis [Riv.], Evan Dugan [Middle], Bryon Gary [Willingboro], 10-0
Sophomore: : Kai Deery [R.V.], Julian Rodriguez [Deptford], 13-6
Junior: : Nico Morales [Delsea Reg.] 15-7
Senior: : James Lynch [Deptford] 15-0

Discus
Freshman: : Franklin Simms [St. Augustine], 127-2
Sophomore: : Donovan Johnston [Shawnee], 138-6
Junior: : Jake Nwosu [Delsea], 173-3
Senior: : Emmanuel Lewis [Willingboro], 166-2

Shot Put
Freshman: : Franklin Simms [St. Augustine], 48-8 ¾
Sophomore: : Joe Metzger [Delsea], 48-7
Junior: : John Purvis [Winslow Twp.], 56-10
Senior: : Lucciano Pizarro [Cherokee], 60-11

Javelin
Freshman: : Hamas Duren [Winslow Twp,], 167-11
Sophomore: : Gavin Shields [Glassboro], 165-10
Junior: : Lane Owens [Ocean City], 187-6
Senior: : Geff Giancaterino [Triton], 180-10

South Jersey girls 400 hurdlers are off the charts!!! Wait till you see what’s in store for 2020!!!!!

Is it too early to start planning for 2020? A can’t miss race next spring will be the girls 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the Rowan Invitational.

If all goes well, it could feature five of the top 20 returning intermediate hurdlers in the country!

According to the MileSplit database, two of the top 10 underclassmen in the country in the 400-meter hurdles and six of the top 28 are from South Jersey!

Aliya Rae Garozzo of Paul VI leads the way at 1:00.16, which makes her the No. 4 returner in the country, and two-time state Group 2 champion Meredith Updike, a Cinnaminson junior, who ran 1:00.67 at the Meet of Champions, is the No. 8 returner.

Here’s the full list of returners along with their national rank among underclassmen:

#4 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 1:00.16
#8 … Meredith Updike [Cinnaminson], 1:00.67
#17 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 1:01.46
#20 … Janeya Hammond [Winslow Twp.], 1:01.54
#26 … Nylah Perry [Winslow Twp.], 1:02.00
#28 … Amirah Sharpe [Paulsboro] 1:02.07

The top five are juniors. Sharpe is the No. 7 sophomore in the country.

How dominating were South Jersey’s intermediate hurdlers this year?

Five of the top seven finishers in the Meet of Champions are from South Jersey: Winner Arianna Smithm of Pennsville won in 1:00.30, Updike was second at 1:00.67, Garozzo took fourth in 1:01.37, Eastern’s Jewel Ash ran sixth in 1:01.46 and Hammond was seventh in 1:01.54.

Winslow’s Tionna Tobias finishes brilliant HS career with #1 SJ long jump at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Winslow senior Tionna Tobias popped the longest long jump this year by a South Jersey girl at nationals this weekend, soaring a season-best 19-1 1/2.

She placed fourth in the emerging elite division of the girls long jump at the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

The “emerging elite” division of the long jump was almost as competitive as the “championship” division. Five girls jumped over 19 feet in the emerging elite competition and nine did in the championship division.

Tobias’s jump would have been good enough to place eighth in the championship division.

But really all that matters is that Tobias her brilliant high school career on a high note, earning All-America honors on two relay teams and finishing as South Jersey’s top long jumper for the third straight year.

Tobias opened with an 18-1 1/2 jump and 17-9 3/4 before hitting 18-8 1/2 to qualify for the finals.

She opened that round with an 18-7 before hitting the 19-1 1/2, which ironically was her only jump with a legal wind (1.4). She fouled on her final attempt.

Tobias and Timber Creek junior Tierra Hooker were South Jersey’s only 19-foot jumpers this year. Tara Zeni of Red Bank Catholic hit 19-2 at the Meet of Champions to lead the state.

Tobias ranks ninth in state history and No. 3 in South Jersey history with her 19-11 1/2 from last year’s state Group 3 meet at Central Regional.

She’ll continue her track career at Iowa.