Introducing the all-time South Jersey Alumni Records!!!!! Who’s missing???

South Jersey has such a remarkable track and field history and it goes way beyond high school track.

South Jersey has produced Olympic gold medalists such as Mel Sheppard, Carl Lewis and English Gardner and countless other Olympians, such as Jack Pierce, Erin Donohue and Browning Ross.

I’ve always wanted to put together an all-time South Jersey alumni list. What are the best all-time marks for each event for South Jersey natives?

Some of these marks are easy to confirm. Some I’m not sure about.

If a mark is within the all-time U.S. top-100, it’s easy to confirm on the IAAF all-time lists. For others, I went through all the USATF annuals. But I only have those going back to the mid-1980s.

Of the events below, the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500, mile, 5,000, 10,000, both hurdles, the high jump and long jump and the shot and discus are definitely accurate.

The marathon, triple jump, pole vault and javelin are educated guesses. It’s certainly possible there are superior marks by South Jersey women, especially in the marathon and triple jump, but I haven’t been able to find them.

As always, additions and corrections are welcome. Please leave them in the comments section.

If you are aware of a superior mark in any event, please let me know the athlete, the mark, the date and the meet so I can confirm it and update the list!

I’ll post the men’s list in the next couple days. Because men’s track has simply been around a lot longer than women’s track, there’s a much larger history and more holes in my lists.

We’ve got some work to do in a handful of events to complete the men’s list, and I’ll be leaning on the South Jersey track community to help out! More on that soon!

So without further ado, here is my best attempt at all-time South Jersey women’s alumni records.

100-METER DASH: 10.74, English Gardner [Eastern], July 3, 2016, Eugene
200-METER DASH: 22.62, English Gardner [Eastern], May 12, 2013, Los Angeles
400-METER DASH: 50.66, Nadia Davy [Bridgeton], June 14, 2003, Sacramento
800-METER RUN: 1:59.85, Michelle DiMuro [Shawnee], June 17, 1996, Atlanta
1500-METER RUN: 4:03.49, Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], Aug. 29, 2010, Rieti, Italy
MILE: 4:26.48, Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], Sept. 7, 2008, Rieti, Italy
5,000-METER RUN: 15:06.45, Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], June 28, 2015, Eugene
10,000-METER RUN: 31:37.45, Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], May 1, 2016, Palo Alto
MARATHON: 2:37.20, Laura Mason [Northern Burlington], Feb. 4, 1995, Las Vegas
100-METER HURDLES: 12.48, Nia Ali [Pleasantville], June 22, 2013, Des Moines
400-METER HURDLES: 55.78, Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], April 21, 1996, Walnut
HIGH JUMP: 6-3, Priscilla Frederick [Paul VI], July 22, 2015, Toronto, Jan. 26, 2019, Hustopeče, Czechoslovakia
LONG JUMP: 23-1, Carol Lewis [Willingboro], Aug. 21, 1985, Zürich
TRIPLE JUMP: 43-3 1/4, Cidaea’ Woods [Winslow Twp.], May 13, 2018, Knoxville
POLE VAULT: 14-0 3/4, Stephanie Maugham [Shawnee], April 6, 2002
SHOT PUT: 61-3 1/2, Jesica Woodard [Cherokee], Eugene, June 7, 2018
DISCUS: 190-9, Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], Austin, March 31, 2018
HAMMER THROW: Jamine Moton [Delsea], 220-6, May 29, 2002, Baton Rouge
JAVELIN: 169-9, Kelly Yanucil [Bordentown], Philadelphia, April 27, 2017
HEPTATHLON: 5,870, Nia Ali [Pleasantville], Asuza, Calif., April 14, 2016

Source material used for this includes the IAAF annual performance lists and IAAF all-time lists, Track and Field News annual lists, dusty old copies of the FAST U.S. annuals and the all-time athletics site.


Jessica Woodard moves into U.S. shot put top 10 with big throw in Long Beach meet!!!

Jessica Woodard, competing in her first year of post-NCAA track, threw a season-best 59-3 in the shot put at a recent meet in California.

That’s only two feet off her lifetime best.

Woodard, a Cherokee graduate and six-time All-America in the shot put at Oklahoma, easily won the shot at the Jim Bush Championships at Jack Rose Track on the Cal State campus in Long Beach. She didn’t compete in the discus.

Woodard’s throw makes her No. 9 among Americans this year and No. 30 in the world. Woodard turned 24 in February. Only one of the U.S. women and nine of the world women ahead of her are younger than she is.

Her previous season-best was a 59-2 1/2 at the Elite Classic in Tucson, Ariz., in May.

Woodard set her PR of 61-3 1/2 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene last summer. She also has a discus PR of 190-9.

Woodard has qualified for this year’s USATF Championships but hasn’t yet entered. The meet is scheduled for later this month in Des Moines, Iowa.

At Long Beach, Woodard finished far ahead of second-place Lena Giger, who threw 55-6 3/4. When Woodard finished second at NCAA’s last spring, Giger was third throwing for Stanford.

Woodard threw 183-11 in her only discus competition this year, at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla., in April. That ranks her No. 30 this year among U.S. women.

Cherry Hill East graduate Maya Drayton shatters one PR, ties another at youth championships!!!

Maya Drayton, a recent Cherry Hill East graduate, had a big weekend at the AAU Region 2 National Qualifier, running a personal-best 12.05 in the 100-meter dash and matching her 200 PR with a 24.53.

Drayton had high school PRs of 12.13 and 24.53, both from this past Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington, where she placed seventh in both races.

Drayton, who will run at Georgetown, won both events in the 17-18 age group at Stockton University in Galloway Township. She ran the 12.05 and 24.53 in the trials and won the finals in 12.17 and 24.67.

She’ll advance to the AAU National Championships. It’s not clear on the AAU web site exactly where and when that meet is, but it appears to be this coming weekend at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Curtis Thompson unleashes his biggest javelin throw in three years at American JavFest!!!!!

step0001On the last throw of the competition, Curtis Thompson bombed his biggest javelin throw in three years Saturday in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Thompson, a Florence High School graduate, threw 258-7 on his final throw at the fifth annual ’s American JavFest at East Stroudsburg South, Pa., his best throw since his final meet of 2016, when he threw 260-11 at the same meet.

In 2016, Thompson had a huge year, winning NCAA’s for Mississippi State and setting a U.S. Olympic Trials record of 271-8 before placing second at the Trials. He closed the season at the Stroudsburg JavFest, which that year was in late July, after the Trials.

This year it’s a warmup for U.S. Nationals, and Thompson placed third behind two other top Americans – Michael Shuey, who threw 262-4 and Riley Dolezal, who threw 260-1.

Shuey, Dolezal and Thompson rank 1-2-3 in the U.S., Shuey with a 263-3 in Austin in March, Dolezal with his 260-1 and Thompson with his 258-7.

Thompson’s best previous throw this year was a 258-2 at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., in April.

On Saturday, Thompson opened with throws of 251-6, 246-10, 244-7, 247-9 and 244-7 before hitting his 258-7.

Brothers Chris and Nick Mirabelli placed seventh and ninth, Chris with a 235-10 and Nick at 225-7.

Chris Mirabelli recently finished his senior year at Rutgers, where he was the Big 10 champion and the 2017 Penn Relays champ. He has a PR of 251-6 from the 2017 Penn Relays. His throw Saturday is just off his season best of 237-2 that he threw at the South Florida Bulls Invite in Tampa in March.

Nick Mirabelli, who just finished his freshman year at Texas A&M, had a best throw this year of 236-6 at the Texas Relays in Austin in March. He was the No. 5 freshman in the U.S. this year

All three South Jersey throwers are ranked among the top-20 Americans, as is Holy Spirit’s Cade Antonucci, the Penn Relays champ for Auburn, who didn’t throw this weekend at East Stroudsburg.

Thompson and Chris Mirabelli are entered in javelin at the the USATF National Championships July 25-28 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.


Rancocas Valley long jumper Kristina Tossas nears 20 feet in summer track meet!!!!!

Kristina Tossas, who recently finished her junior year at Rancocas Valley, got her summer track season off to an eye-popping start Saturday when she went 19-8 in the long jump at a youth track meet in Central Jersey.

Tossas, who set her high school PR of 18-7 1/2 when she won the state Group 4 title, jumped 19-8 in the 17-18 division of the AAU District 8 Qualifier at Memorial Stadium in New Brunswick.

If her mark were made in-season it would be the No. 2 jump in Burlington County history and the best since Carol Lewis set a then-national record of 21-7 in 1981. It would also be No. 5 in South Jersey history and No. 12 in state history.

Tossas also jumped 38-2 in the triple jump, which would be more than a foot PR over her high school PR of 36-11, also set at states. That would be No. 14 in South Jersey history and No. 5 in Burlington County history if achieved during a high school meet.

The top six finishers in each event — and most events didn’t have six finishers — advanced to a regional meet at Stockton University this weekend.

Here’s something odd though: Here is the District 8 map, and here’s the Region 2 map. Am I missing something or does it appear they are the exactly the same, covering South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and part of Delaware.

Why have a district meet advancing athletes to a regional meet, and then have the exact same competitors returning a week later in that regional meet? Unless I’m misreading those maps, it looks like the two areas are identical.

In any case, the top finishers from Region 2 will advance to a national AAU meet. It appears that is the “Primary Nationals,” although the advancement process isn’t explained on the AAU’s web site and if you click “primary nationals” on the web site it doesn’t even tell you when and where that meet is.

Anyway. Great jump for Tossas.


Cherokee graduate Megan Lacy records Olympic Trials B standard in marathon debut!!!!!

In her marathon debut, Megan Lacy hit the B standard for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Lacy, a 2012 graduate of Cherokee High School, ran 2:39.08 and finished 12th among 2,951 women in her marathon debut at Grandma’s Marathon Saturday in Duluth, Minn.

Her time met the B standard of 2:45 for the U.S. Olympic Trials, scheduled for Feb. 29 in Atlanta. The A standard is 2:37.

Lacy averaged 6:05.7 per mile over 26.2 miles. She ran the first 13.1 miles in 1:18.40 and the second 13.1 miles in 1:20:28.

Lacy, now based in Boise, Idaho, has a half-marathon PR of 1:16.46 in Tempe in Arizona, which is an average of 5:50.2 per mile. So she ran only 15 seconds per mile slower in her first full marathon than in her half-marathon PR!

Lacy’s close friend, Amanda Marino, a former Jackson High star, was fifth in 2:35.04, meeting the Trials A standard. Her previous PR was a 2:38.04 at the Chicago Marathon last October.

Lacy ran within two minute of the Burlington County marathon alumni record of 2:37.20, set on Feb. 4, 1995, by Northern Burlington graduate Laura Mason at the Las Vegas Marathon.

At Cherokee, Lacy ran 4:55.66 for 1,600 meters and 10:22.02 for 3,200 meters and won state titles in both events as a senior. Her 3,200 time remains No. 3 in South Jersey history (behind Michelle Rowen’s 10:12.8 in 1983 and Chelsea Ley’s 10:19.31 in 2009)  and No. 13 in state history.

Lacy ran for Stanford through the spring of 2016 and then finished her NCAA eligibility competing for Boise State in the spring of 2017.

Bryanna Craig shatters her own U.S. freshman heptathlon record, surpasses 5,000-point plateau in astonishing performance at U.S. Under-20 Championships!!!!!!!!

Bryanna Craig shattered her own U.S. freshman high school heptathlon record and moved into the all-time U.S. top-50 at the USATF Under-20 Championships that concluded Sunday afternoon at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.

In one of the most remarkable performances in New Jersey track history, the 15-year-old Millville High School freshman placed fourth in the USATF Under-20 Championships with 5,094 points.

Craig, who recorded four PRs in the two-day seven-event competition, closed out the grueling multi-event competition by running 2:22.58.

That gave her 789 points and a seven-event total of 5,094.

She broke her own national freshman record and her own state record of 4,958 that she set in winning the New Balance Nationals last weekend in Greensboro, N.C.

Her performance ranks No. 44 in U.S. track history. The full list is below.

Craig went into the 800, the final event, needing 654 points in the 800 to break her week-old U.S. high school freshman and needing 695 points to reach 5,000 points.

She needed to run 2:33.18 to break the national freshman record and 2:29.87 to reach 5,000 points.

She had run a personal-best 2:21.44 at New Balance so she just needed to run within 11 ½ seconds of her PR to break the record.

Here’s Craig’s final scoring table:
910 points … 100-meter hurdles, 14.49 [PR]
891 points … High jump, 5-8 [PR]
465 points … Shot put, 29-8 ¼
865 points … 200-meter dash, 25.24 [PR]
603 points … Long jump, 16-11 ¼
571 points … Javelin, 114-9 [PR]
789 points … 800, 2:22.58
TOTAL: 5,094 points

The top two finishers qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in the Pan Am Under-20 Championships in Costa Rica next month.

Craig, competing in a field with the U.S. high school record holder and several collegians, finished fourth, but she has four more years of eligibility in U.S. Juniors and is the top returning Under-20 athlete in the country.

The final standings:
5,646 points … Anna Hall, Georgia [incoming freshman]
5,383 points … Timara Chapman, North Carolina State
5,167 points … Jadin O’Brien, Wisconsin
5,094 points … Bryanna Craig, Millville High School
4,567 points … Sara Foster, Akron
3,761 points … Rene Rosso, Mt. St. Mary’s

Hall finished 14 points shy of her own meet record of 5,660 that she set last year.

Here is the all-time U.S. heptathlon list, with every girl in United States high school history to score 5,000 points.

I compiled this list from various sources – Track and Field News annual lists, the USATF web site and old copies of Jack Shepard’s U.S. High School Track Annual and the MileSplit database.

5,798 … Anna Hall, Valor Christian [Highlands Ranch, Colo.], 2018
5,578 … *Kendell Williams [Kell, Marietta, Ga.], 2012
5,577 … Emma Fitzgerald [Thayer, Braintree, Mass.], 2016
5,533 … Shana Woods [Poly, Long Beach, Calif.], 2006
5,523 … Sterling Lester [Marietta, Ga.], 2018
5,522 … Ryann Krais [Methacton, Norristown, Pa.], 2008
5,493 … Kendra Reimer [New Braunfels, Texas], 1998
5,466 … Ashlee Moore [Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.], 2014
5,411 … Gayle Hunter [North, Riverside, Cailf., 2004
5,365 … *Diana Pickler [Rowlett, Texas], 2001                     
5,363 … Shaina Burns [South, Lakeville, Minn.], 2014
5,357 … Lauren Reimer [New Braunfels, Texas], 2001
5,338 … Julie Pickler [Rowlett, Texas], 2002
5,337 … *Tyra Gittens’ [Ensworth, Nashville, Tenn.], 2016
5,333 … Lauren Stewart [Brentwood, Tenn.], 2005
5,300 … *Alex Gochenour [Magnolia, Logan, Iowa], 2010
5,286 … *Jacquelyn Johnson [Yuma, Az.], 2002
5,270 … Ashley Smith [Millikan, Long Beach, Calif.], 2010
5,270 … Erica Bougard [Attendance Center, Byhalia, Miss.], 2011
5,266 … Shevell Quinley [West, Tracy, Calif.], 2005              
5,258 … Tiana Bonds [Centennial, Las Vegas], 2014
5,251 … *Beatričė Juškevičiūtė’ (IMG, Bradenton, Florida), 2018
5,245 … Kaylee Hinton, Wylie, Texas], 2015
5,237 … Sharon Hatfield [Fountain Valley, Calif.], 1982
5,231 … Kelly Blair [Proser, Wash.], 1988
5,217 … Kendall Gustafson [Pal, Pacific Palisades, Calif.], 2013
5,198 … Jodi Anderson [New Braunfels, Texas], 1998
5,197 … Whitney Fountain [Columbus, Bronx, N.Y.], 200
5,185 … Lindsay Vollmer [Penny, Hamilton, Mo.], 2011
5,184 … Lauren Leaverton [Naaman Forest, Garland, Texas], 1998
5,170 … Camille Harding [Kamiakin, Kennewick, Wash.], 1983
5,163 … Peggy Odita [Upper Arlington, Ohio], 1986
5,158 … *Alexa Harmon-Thomas [Free, Lawrence, Kansas], 2013
5,149 … **Tierra Crockrell [Calabasas, Calif.], 2017
5,130 … *Caice Lanovaz [Los Gatos, Calif.], 2015
5,127 … Hillary Werth [Glenwood, Chatam, Ill.], 2004
5,115 … *Ashley Bethel [Mission Viejo, Calif.], 1997
5,114 … Kerry O’Bric [Edison, Huntington Beach, Calif.], 1996
5,113 … *Shauna Rohbock [Mountain View, Orem, Utah], 1994
5,104 … Ellannee Richardson [Gladstone, Ore.], 1998         
5,101 … Pam Connell [Norwell, Mass.], 1986
5,101 … **Annika Williams, College Station, Texas, 2017
5,098 … Allie Jones [San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Calif.], 2018
5,094 … ***Bryanna Craig [Millville], 2019
5,090 … Megan Franza [Cascade, Leavenworth, Wash.], 1996
5,089 … Debbie DeCosta [Palmetto, Miami, Fla.], 1982
5,087 … Jamie Walker [Paschal, Fort Worth, Texas], 1999
5,086 … Melissa Flandera [Magnificat, Rocky River, Ohio], 1993
5,084 … Debra Larsen [Weatherwax, Aberdeen, Wash.], 1982
5,074 … Gea Johnson [Washington, Phoenix, Ariz.], 1986        
5,074 … Karli Johonnot [Centennial, Las Vegas, Nev.], 2011
5,071 … Aaron Howell [Farmington, Mich.], 2012, 2013
5,069 … Lyndsey Lopes [Edison, Fresno, Calif, 2015
5,029 … **Gabby Williams [Reed, Sparks, Nev.], 2012
5,109 … Allison Reaser [El Segundo, Calif.], 2010
5,108 … Jessica Flax [Pearland, Texas], 2008
5,053 … *Shakeia Pinnick [Waubonsie, Aurora, ill.], 2008
5,038 … **Shannon Meyer [Sultana, Hesperia, Calif.], 2000
5,034 … Nicolette Chambers [Hillhouse, Conn.], 1999
5,031 … Tiffany Lott [Pine View, St. George, Utah], 1993
5,029 … Gabby Williams [Reed, Sparks, Nev.], 2012    
5,014 … Timara Chapman, Leesville Road, Raleigh, N.C.], 2018
5,012 … Alyssa Miller [McKinney Boyd, McKinney, Texas], 2018
5,007 … Evette Lyman [Glades Central, Belle Glade, Fla.], 1986
5,002 … Alyssa Thompson (Salpoint, Tucson, Ariz.], 2013
5,000 … Shelley Spires [St. Paul’s, Mobile, Ala.], 2014