Paul VI grad Antonio Tarantino becomes one of fastest freshman sprinters in NCAA Division 1 in college 200 debut!!!!!

Paul VI graduate Antonio Tarantino became one of the fastest freshmen in NCAA Division 1 Saturday in his first collegiate 200-meter dash!

Tarantino, a freshman at Rutgers, ran 21.09 to place second at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.

Tarantino wasn’t even seeded in any of the four-fastest sections of the 200 but he easily won the fifth-fastest section, and his time held up for fastest among more than 200 collegians in the race.

The only sprinter to run faster than Tarantino was Winston George, competing for New Balance, who won the fast heat in 20.98.

Tarantino’s only previous open race at Rutgers was a 60 at a meet at the Armory last month.

His time is No. 7 among freshmen in NCAA Division 1 and is only 14-100ths of a second off the Rutgers school record of 20.95 set in 2006 by Rob Waters at IC4A’s in Boston and matched last week by Izaiah Brown at the Metropolitan Championships at Ocean Breeze.

Tarantino’s previous indoor 200 PR was a 21.82 from the trials at New Balance Nationals last year at the Armory. Outdoors, he has a wind-aided (2.8) 20.54 to his credit from the prelims of the outdoor New Balance Nationals last spring. His wind-legal PR is a 21.07 from the finals of the same meet with only a 0.1 meters-per-second wind reading.

 

Tarantino is a Blackwood native.

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Rancocas Valley girls tear up the Armory for #9 all-time S.J. performance in 4×4!!!!!

Senior Darynn Minus-Vincent, sophomore Alyssa Leak, freshman Anabella Chin and senior Brianna Snowden of Rancocas Valley to run the ninth-fastest 4-by-400 time in South Jersey indoor track history  Saturday.

R.V. ran 3:53.97 to place second in the Suburban Girls 4×4 at the 112th annual Millrose Games at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

The Red Devils placed second to Union Catholic, which ran 3:53.40. RV’s time is No. 25 in state history indoors and fastest by a Burlington County school in 16 years, since Willingboro ran 3:45.57 in 2003.

Rancocas Valley’s time is also No. 11 in the U.S. so far this indoor season according to the MileSplit database.

Minus-Vincent ran 59.47 out of the hole, and Leak split 58.4 to set up Chin, who split 57.8. Snowden then anchored in 58.3.

R.V.’s previous school record was a 3:55.28 last year at nationals.

Millville was second with a hot time of its own, with senior Brionah Patterson (59.0), sophomore Zaniah Bowman (58.8), freshman Bryanna Craig (57.5) and senior Raelynne Miller (58.9) running 3:55.04.

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR 4×4 LIST
3:40.28 … Union Catholic, 2016
3:42.03 … Columbia, 2013
3:45.57 … Willingboro, 2003
3:46.42 … Columbia, 2014
3:47.03 … Union Catholic, 2015
3:47.95 … Willingboro, 2002
3:48.9h … Plainfield, 1980
3:49.07 … Camden, 1995
3:49.50 … East Orange, 2006
3:49.9h … Plainfield, 1981
3:50.82 … Union Catholic, 2017
3:50.8h … Snyder, 1981
3:51.17 … Columbia, 2015
3:51.37 … Columbia, 2010
3:51.49 … Winslow Twp., 2017
3:52.17 … Winslow Twp., 2017
3:52.37 … Willingboro, 2000
3:52.2h … Columbia, 1982
3:52.48 … Columbia, 2011
3:52.55 … Wilson, 2006
3:53.46 … Columbia, 1995
3:53.51 … Franklin, 2004
3:53.61 … Willingboro, 1998
3:53.6h … Willingboro, 1999
3:53.97 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
3:53.9h … Shabazz, 1986

Here’s a list of all the winners of the Suburban Girls 4×4 since it was introduced at Millrose in 1995:

1995 … Camden (N.J.), 4:01.40
1996 … Columbia (N.J.), 4:04.27

1997 … Columbia (N.J.), 4:01.17

1998 … Willingboro (N.J.), 3:56.66

1999 … Willingboro (N.J.), 3:57.47

2000 … Mount Vernon (N.Y.) 4:02.04
2001 … Lincoln, Yonkers (N.Y.), 4:01.78
2002 … Willingboro (N.J.), 4:01.11

2003 … Willingboro (N.J.), 4:04.19

2004 … Bellport (N.Y.), 4:02.97

2005 … Franklin (N.J.), 3:59.05

2006 … East Orange Campus (N.J.), 3:57.46
2007 … Uniondale (N.Y.), 3:56.14
2008 … Camden (N.J.), 3:59.49
2009 … Seneca (N.J.), 4:03.30
2010 … Newburgh (N.Y.), 4:02.16
2011 … Columbia (N.J.), 4:06.47
2012 … New Rochelle (N.Y.), 3:56.44
2013 … Suffern (N.U.), 3:50.41
2014 … Columbia (N.J.), 3:46.42
2015 … Suffern (N.Y.), 3:50.53
2016 … New Rochelle (N.Y.), 3:55.99
2017 … Winslow Twp. (N.J.), 3:52.17
2018 … Winslow Twp. (N.J.), 3:54.99
2019 … Union Catholic (N.J.), 3:53.40

RV’s Erika Kemp opens post-collegiate phase of her career with PR at 3,000 meters in Boston!!!!!

Former Rancocas Valley star and North Carolina State All-America Erika Kemp ran a 3,000-meter PR Friday night, clocking 9:05.83 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.

Kemp races now for the Boston Athletic Association. This was her first post-collegiate race.

Kemp’s previous PR at 3,000 meters was 9:06 .07 at the Husky Classic in Seattle on Feb. 12, 2016.

Her time is No. 27 on the IAAF 2019 international list and No. 9 among U.S. women.

Kemp finished fourth of 182 runners. The race was won by Yolanda Ngarambe of Sweden, who ran 8:53.97.

Here are Kemp’s 200 splits:

200: 33.6
400: 36.4
600: 36.2
800: 35.3
1000: 36.0
1200: 37.0
1400: 37.7
1600: 36.6
1800: 36.6
2000: 36.4
2200: 36.7
2400: 37.3
2600: 37.9
2800: 37.0
3000: 35.2

Derek Gess anchors in 1:54.8 and Haddonfield blazes US#4 4-by-800 at Varsity Classic!!!!!

Derek Gess split 1:54.81 to anchor Haddonfield to the fourth-fastest 4-by-800 time in the country this year.

Greg Eisenhower ran 2:02.71 out of the hole, followed by Ethan Spellmeyer (1:59.64) and Martin Riddell (2:00.42), who set up Gess’s hot anchor leg.

The Bulldogs ran 7:57.56 to finish first at the Varsity Classic at the 168th Street Armory. That’s No. 4 on the 2019 U.S. list according to the MileSplit data base.

The official results don’t list who ran for Haddonfield, but Riddell, Eisenhower, Spellmeyer and Gess were the legs when the Bulldogs ran 8:06.47 to easily win the 4-by-8 at the Group 2 State relays in mid-January.

If anyone can provide us with the order – and the correct lineup if this isn’t it – please step forward because we want to credit someone for the 1:54.8 anchor!

Haddonfield’s time is only two seconds off the indoor school record of 7:55.44 set by the 2010 Haddonfield team.

It appears to be No. 14 on the all-time South Jersey list, although some times from the 1970s and 1980s could be missing.

It’s also No. 2 in New Jersey this year, behind only St. Benedict’s of Newark, which ran a U.S.-leading 7:47.60 at the N.J. Catholic Track Conference Relays at the Armory in December.

Haddonfield was third behind Rahway after the leadoff legs and a close second to Rahway on the second and third handoffs. Rahway wound up second in 8:01.18.

Surprising but it looks Haddonfield’s time is actually No. 4 in Camden County history indoors behind only two Washington Township performances and Haddonfield’s own race in 2010.

ALL-TIME S.J. 3,200-METER RELAY LIST
7:43.64 … Cherokee, 2012
7:45.55 … Pleasantville, 2013
7:48.92 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2017
7:51.43 … Washington Twp., 2009
7:51.78 … Cherokee, 2000
7:52.77 … Pleasantville, 2006
7:52.95 … Willingboro, 2003
7:53.64 … Willingboro, 2002
7:54.76 … Pleasantville, 2007
7:55.40 … Washington Twp., 2008
7:55.44 … Haddonfield, 2010
7:57.28 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
7:57.29 … Oakrest, 2009
7;57.56 … Haddonfield, 2019
7:57.5h … Willingboro, 1983
7:58.08 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2016
7:59.05 … Pleasantville, 2015
7:59.51 … Pleasantville, 2012
7:59.84 … Kingsway, 2014
7:59.91 … Kingsway, 2013

EHT’s Princz, Eastern’s Ash meet up in hot 55-meter dash battle at SJ-4 sectionals!!!

Sophomores Lauren Princz and Jailya Ash locked up in a titanic 55-meter dash battle at Group 4 sectionals, with Princz edging Ash by 1-100th of a second at the Bennett Center.

Princz ran 7.16 and Ash a personal-best 7.17. Princz’s PR is 7.09 from Eastern’s last year and her season-best is 7.12 from the Marine Corps Classic in December at the Armory.

Ash’s previous PR was 7.24, which she ran three times last winter — in the finals at sectionals, in the prelims at states and in the prelims at Easterns.

Princz and Ash now rank No. 1 and No. 5 in the state this year and No. 1 and No. 2 in South Jersey.

Ash has a ways to go for her school record, which is 6.91, set by Olympic gold medalist English Gardner in 2010. Princz is only 2-100ths of a second off the EHT school record of 7.07 set in 1991 by Angela Clyburn.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey list:
6.73 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1981
6.88 … Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979
6.91 … English Gardner (Eastern), 2010
6.95 … Bria Mack (Williamstown), 2017
6.95 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.), 2014
6.95 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983
7.00 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000
7.00 … Iyanli Kollock (Our Lady of Mercy), 2017
7.01 … Aliyah Taylor (Rancocas Valley), 2017
7.05 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996
7.07 … Aliya Harrison (Sterling), 2018
7.07 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012
7.07 … Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2009
7.07 … Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 1999
7.07 … Angela Clyburn (Egg Harbor Twp.), 1991
7.09 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow Twp.), 2012
7.09 … Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
7.09 … Lauren Princz (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2018
7.11 … Jamie Walker (Haddon Hts.), 2006
7.12 … Assante Johnson (Camden), 2009
7.14 … Shonda Burroughs (Vineland), 1999
7.16 … Dennisha Page (Woodrow Wilson), 2018
7.17 … Nia Lawrence (Pemberton), 2013
7.17 … Kiara Lester (Deptford), 2014
7.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
7.17 … Jailya Ash (Eastern), 2019
7.18 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1997
7.19 … Latoya Benson (Washington Twp.), 2001
7.19 … Adia Starnes (Timber Creek), 2017
7.20 … Medina Salaam (Camden), 1974
7.20 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
7.20 … Fametta Lewis (Wilson), 2007
7.20 … Tacquaya Tobias (Our Lady of Mercy), 2010
7.20 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
7.20 … Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011

Ash was also second by 1-100th of a second in the 55-meter high hurdles in another big PR 8.10, just behind Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith.

Haddon Heights’ Cydney Thomas BOMBS her way to #3 shot put mark in South Jersey history with INSANE PR!!!!!

Haddon Heights junior Cydney Thomas moved all the way up to No. 3 in South Jersey history in the shot put with a mammoth PR performance at sectionals this weekend.

Thomas extended her PR from 42-4 all the way to 46-1 with her win in the South Jersey Group 1 sectional championships Saturday at the Toms River Intermediate School adjacent to the Bennett Center.

That’s an improvement of three feet, 9 inches, in an event where improvement is generally measured in inches or fractions of an inch.

Thomas broke the Camden County indoor record of 43-11 3/4 set by Bishop Eustace’s Stephanie Scaramella at 2007 states.

Her throw is also best in Camden County history indoors or out. The outdoor county shot put mark was 43-2 1/2 by Lacole Fields of Camden in 1996.

She broke the S.J. Group 1 meet record of 42-11 set last year by Zyra Thomas of Schalick and broke the overall South Jersey indoor sectional record of 44-9 3/4 set in 2017 by Vineland’s Najeaya Singleton.

Including both indoor and outdoor throws, it’s No. 6 in South Jersey history. It’s also No. 3 in the U.S. this year according to the MileSplit database and No. 1 among juniors.

Thomas also just missed the South Jersey junior class record. Vineland’s Singleton threw 46- 1 1/2 at states as a junior in 2017.

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR GIRLS SHOT PUT LIST
47-5 3/4 … Zyra Thomas [Schalick], 2018
46-1 1/2 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017
46-1 … Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 2019
45-3 … Nacole Moore [Bridgeton], 2000
44-6 1/2 … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004
44-3 1/2 … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2004
44-0 1/2 … Melinda Boykin [Bridgeton], 1996
43-11 3/4 … Stephanie Scaramella [Bishop Eustace], 2007
43-10 1/4 … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006
43-10 … Rosetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015
43-4 3/4 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2012
43-4 1/2 … Victoria Imbesi [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009
43-3 … Janice Rose [Delsea], 2011
42-7 3/4 … Typhanie Bates [Williamstown], 1995
42-5 1/2 … Genevieve Tybicki [Our Lady of Mercy], 2007
42-4 … Sophia Coleburn [Haddon Heights], 2007
42-0 1/2 … Lisa Stuto [Winslow Twp.], 2009
42-0 1/4 … Lola Agabalogun [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013

Here’s the overall South Jersey list, with every 45-foot thrower either indoors or outdoors:
ALL-TIME S.J. OVERALL LIST
47-5 3/4 … Zyra Thomas [Schalick], 2018 [indoors]
47-1 1/4 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2013 [outdoors]
46-4 ……… Janiece Rose [Delsea], 2011 [outdoors]
46-1 1/2 … Nacole Moore [Bridgeton], 2000 [outdoors]
46-1 1/2 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017 [indoors]
46-1 … Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 2019 [indoors]
45-7 1/2 … Ronetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015 [outdoors]
45-5 ……… Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004 [outdoors]

Thomas is also a 130-foot discus thrower outdoors and was the state Group 1 champ in the discus this past spring.

Her outdoor shot put PR is 39-10 1/4 at sectionals last spring at Washington Township.

Lenape grad Ariel Mitchell shatters La Salle school record in 60-meter dash at Villanova Invite!!!!!

La Salle senior Ariel Mitchell continued her terrific indoor season with a PR at the Villanova Invitational Saturday at the Ocean Breeze track in Staten Island.

Mitchell, a Lenape graduate, ran 7.60 to place third in the 60-meter dash after a 7.66 in the trials.

This is actually the third straight meet she’s PR’d in the 60. She came into the season with a 7.70 PR  from a meet early last season at Haverford, but she ran 7.66 and then 7.63 in her 2019 debut at Fordham and then 7.62 at a meet last weekend at Penn State.

Mitchell broke her own school record of 7.62.