Dennisha Page runs #3 indoor 200 in South Jersey history at New Balance!!!!!

step0001Dennisha Page keeps getting faster!

The Woodrow Wilson senior ran the No. 3 time in South Jersey history in the indoor 200 Friday night at the 168th Street Armory.

Page placed second in the emerging elite division at the New Balance Nationals, lowering her PR from 24.57 to 24.42. She finished second to Makhia Jarrett of Salem High in Virginia Beach, Va.

Page’s previous PR of 24.57 came on the same track in the trials at Easterns last month. The only girls in South Jersey history who’ve run faster are two Winslow Township sprinters – Krystal Cantey in 2006 and Shakira Dancy two years ago.

Page’s 24.42 is also fastest by a New Jersey girl who runs for her high school. Athing Mu of Trenton, the U.S. senior champ in the 600, ran 24.11 at an open meet at the Armory in January. She attends Trenton High, where she’s an honors student, but she races unattached.

All-time S.J. sub-25 indoor 200 list
24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.], 2017
24.42 … Dennisha Page [Woodrow Wilson], 2019
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.52 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2017
24.61 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
24.61 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
24.5h … Jennifer Jackson [Eastern], 2003
24.78 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996
24.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2014
24.86 … Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor], 2019
24.93 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
24.94 … Shardae Anderson [Paulsboro], 2005
24.96 … Toni Glatz [Delsea], 2017
24.99 … Aliya Harrison [Sterling], 2018

As you can see, Page also moved up to No. 13 in state history, and the 12 names ahead of her include some of the most decorated runners in U.S. scholastic track history.

All-time N.J. indoor 200 list
23.84 … Wendy Vereen [Trenton], 1984
24.00 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2016
24.11 … Athing Mu [Trenton*], 2019
24.14 … Melisa Barber [Montclair], 1998
24.16 … Aleah Williams [Montclair], 1997
24.21 … Dominique Booker [Immaculate Conception], 2008
24.24 … Stephanie Saleem [Neptune], 1985
24.34 … Toneisha Friday [Franklin], 2005
24.37 … Myasia Jacobs [Paramus Catholic], 2012
24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.38 … Racquel Vassal [East Orange], 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.], 2017
24.42 … Dennisha Page [Woodrow Wilson], 2019
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.52 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2017
24.53 … Olivia Baker [Columbia], 2014



Paul VI junior Kambi Walker records HUGE high jump PR, moves into all-time S.J. top 10 at New Balance Nationals!!!

Huge PR and a terrific performance Friday by Paul VI junior Kambi Walker, who placed third in the emerging elite high jump at the New Balance Nationals.

Walker, who began her high school track career at St. Basil Academy in Abington, Pa., cleared 5-7 after going into the meet with a PR of 5-4 1/2, which she cleared at the Wayne Letwink Memorial Winter Championships at Ocean Breeze in early February.

Walker, a Florence resident, was the state Group Parochial A champ with a 5-4 clearance and also cleared 5-4 at the Meet of Champs.

But on Friday, she cleared the first four heights — 4-11, 5-1, 5-3 and a PR of 5-5 — all on her first attempt. She then PR’d again at 5-7 on her second attempt before missing three tries at 5-8 1/2.

Walker moved all the way up to =No. 8 on the all-time South Jersey indoor list:

5-10 … Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 2018
5-8 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
5-8 … Shatich Rivers [Moorestown], 1992
5-8 … Abby Campbell [Shawnee], 2002
5-8 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
5-8 … Lindsey Walsh [Lenape], 2008
5-7 1/4 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
5-7 … Lindsey Walsh [Lenape], 2008
5-7 … Megan Kirschling [West Deptford], 2012
5-7 … Alicia Terrell [Timber Creek], 2013
5-7 … Kambi Walker [Paul VI], 2019

Wilson’s Dennisha Page easily wins her heat and advances in 200 with near-PR!!!!!

Dennisha Page ran a near-PR 24.63 in the trials of the emerging elite division at the New Balance Nationals Friday, advancing to the championship race.

Page, a senior at Wilson, won the sixth of nine heats by more than half a second. She has the third-fastest time going into the finals, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday evening.

Page has an indoor PR of 24.57 from the prelims at Easterns.

Makhia Jarrett (24.18) of Salem High in Virginia Beach, Va., and Jasmine Riley of Park Crossing High in Montgomery, Ala., (24.45) were the only two qualifiers who ran faster.

Heat sheet for the final is here. Page will be in lane 4 for the second are in the two-section final.

Hurdlers Naseem Smith and Claudine Smith get S.J. off to a FAST start at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Naseem Smith and Claudine Smith got the New Balance Nationals off to a hot start for South Jersey Friday with fast fourth-place finishes in the emerging elite division of the high hurdles.

Naseem Smith, a Deptford senior, ran 8.05 for fourth in the boys 60-meter highs, finishing just 11-100ths of a second out of first place. He ran 7.99 in the trials. Smith’s official FAT times through 55 meters were 7.42 and 7.47.

Smith’s 7.99 in the qualifying rounds is No. 9 in South Jersey history for the 60-meter highs and fastest by a Gloucester County hurdler since S.J. record holder Sultan Tucker of Delsea ran 7.73 back in 1997.

7.63 … Cory Poole [East Orange Campus], 2017
7.73 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1997
7.87 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2002
7.88 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.90 … Corey Nelms [Neptune], 2006
7.90 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.94 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.94 … Ihmir Marsette [Weequahic], 2017
7.94 … Akeem Lindo [East Orange Campus], 2017
7.95 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 2000
7.95 … Ron Jules [Toms River East], 2003
7.96 … Todd Matthews [Notre Dame], 1998
7.96 … Danyne Brown. [Camden], 1999
7.96 … Joshua Evans [Irvington], 2009
7.96 … Andrew Aguilera [Governor Livingston], 2017
7.97 … Jermaine Collier [Trenton], 2011
7.99 … Zach Ghizzone [Union Catholic], 2013
7.99 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.99 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019

Smith’s 7.42 is also a personal-best for 55, besting his 7.43 from the Meet of Champions last month and moves him up on the all-time South Jersey list:

7.18 … Sultan Tucker [Delsea], 1996
7.22 … Dwight Ruff [Camden], 2001
7.22 … Isaac Williams [Willingboro], 2012
7.29 … Nate Harley [Pleasantville], 1996
7.29 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.29 … Will Brown [Palmyra], 2006
7.29 … Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], 2019
7.32 … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.34 … Chais Hill [Highland], 2015
7.1h … Jon Dickey [Penns Grove], 1985
7.1h … Jim Little [Moorestown], 1976
7.1h … Marc Dickerson [Willingboro], 1979
7.1h … George Bland [Penns Grove], 1987
7.35 … Gerard Reynolds [Willingboro], 1990
7.39 … Rashad Baker [Wilson], 2000
7.40 … Lance Reed [Willingboro], 1982
7.42 … Kevon Brown [West Deptford], 2009
7.42 … Anthony Acklin [Triton], 2001
7.42 … Naseem Smith [Deptford], 2019
7.43 … Danyne Brown [Camden], 1999
7.43 … Edwin Alston [Winslow Twp.], 2015
7.45 … Kevin Hagamin [Timber Creek], 2014
7.46 … Syteek Farrington [Camden], 2010
7.46 … Herb Reid [Lenape], 2000
7.47 … Darius Holmes [Willingboro], 2012
7.48 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
7.48 … Tyrell Ross [Clearview], 2005
7.49 … Devon Carter [Washington Twp.], 2010
7.49 … Vince Rawlins [Eastern], 1991
7.49 … Chris Nichols [Willingboro], 1991
7.49 … Sam Aviles [Palmyra], 2019

As for Claudine Smith, a senior at Atlantic City, she ran 8.65 for fourth in the final after a 60-meter PR of 8.64 in the trials. Her 55-meter official FAT times were 8.04 and 8.05. Her 55-meter hurdles PR is 8.03 from her Meet of Champions win last month.

The 8.65 is No. 9 in state history and No. 5 in South Jersey history.

8.33 … Charmaine Walker [Plainfield], 1997
8.36 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
8.50 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
8.52 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.52 … Porscha Dobson [Kent Place], 2003
8.56 … Kim Turko [North Edison], 1996
8.59 … Amber Williams [Roxbury], 2000
8.62 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
8.65 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
8.67 … Jen Whitlock [Montclair], 2002

Paul VI grad Antonio Tarantino PR’s again at 200 meters with huge race at IC4A’s!!!!!!

Antonio Tarantino is at it again!

The Rutgers freshman via Paul VI ran another 200-meter dash PR this weekend when he took second at the IC4A Championships in 21.05 on Ithaca’s track.

Rutgers swept the top three spots in the 200, with senior Izaiah Brown winning in a meet-record and Rutgers-record 20.75, Tarantino second and sophomore Taj Burgess third in 21.14.

Tarantino had posted the second-fastest time in the trials, running 21.24 in the 10th of 11 heats of qualifying.

Tarantino lowered his indoor PR from 21.09 to 21.05. He had run 21.09 at the David Hemery Valentine Invite in Boston last month.

Tarantino’s time makes him the No. 8 freshman in NCAA Division 1 this year.

It would be nice to know where his time ranks I the history of the IC4A meet, which dates back to 1923. But incredibly the IC4A web site doesn’t list any former individual champions and doesn’t have an all-time performance list. This is one of the biggest problems with track and field. The people running meets don’t give fans and athletes any sense of the history of their events. The IC4A meet goes back almost a century! It’s got an incredible history. But good luck finding any of it. I came up empty trying to find any sort of list of all-time winners.

I DID find a list of all OUTDOOR IC4A winners from 1876 through 1942 on – of all things – an incredible British track and field history site.

Similarly, the Rutgers web site lists school record holders but unlike most colleges doesn’t provide an all-time top-5 or top-10 list, so it’s impossible to tell where Tarantino ranks in school history.

Before Brown ran 20.75 the school record was 20.95 by Rob Waters in 2006. It’s possible nobody has run between 20.96 and 21.05 but we have no way of knowing.

In any case, Tarantonio’s indoor 200 PR at Paul VI was a 21.82 in the trials at New Balance last winter. His outdoor PR is a wind-aided 20.51 in the trials of the outdoor New Balance nationals. His outdoor wind-legal PR is a 21.07 from the finals of last year’s New Balance nationals.

Tarantino is a native of Blackwood.

Cinnaminson’s Tom Long runs blazing leadoff leg for Rider’s record-setting DMR at IC4A’s!!!!!

Cinnaminson graduate Tom Long ran a blazing 3:01 leadoff leg for Rider’s school-record distance medley this past weekend at IC4A’s.

Long, a junior, led off with a 3:01.99, and Rider ran 9:56.63, placing a very close fifth, just 5 1/2 seconds behind winner Providence, which ran 9:51.02

At the first handoff, Isaac Kole had Mt. St. Mary’s in the lead with a 3:00.75 split with Providence’s Jack Carleo through in 3:00.96 and Long in third.

Russell Malko from Hunterdon Central split 48.46 for the 400 for Rider, with freshman Kevin Heredia of Clifton running 1:53.49 and anchor Daniel Belay of Gaithersburg, Md., 4:12.71.

“The men’s DMR was ready for some big things,” said Rider coach Bob Hamer, a former star distance runner at Council Rock in Bucks County and the 1995 Big Ten 5,000 champion. “Tom really got things rolling and the rest of the guys did their job. They topped their performance from yesterday with this race.”

Rider ran  9:57.67 in the trials on Saturday. Long led off with a 3:02.66 in that race, with the other splits coming in at 47.91, 1:54.26 and 4:12.85.

The previous school record was a 9:57.37 set in 2010 by Christian Gonzalez of Franklin Township, Bordentown graduate Daequan Kim, David South of Hunterdon Central and Michael Soroko of Kinnelon.

Rowan’s 800-meter relay team – comprised of four S.J. sprinters – remains unbeaten, is #21 in the world!!!!!

Rowan’s all-South Jersey 800-meter relay team is already fastest in the country in NCAA Division 3, and that speedy quartet showed why this weekend.

At the All-Atlantic Regional Track Championships at Ithaca, Rowan broke the meet and facility records, winning easily in 1:28.99.

Freshman Dayquan Murray from Hammonton, freshman Spencer Jarrett from Salem, sophomore Tyler Garland from Glassboro and senior Shai Mumford from West Deptford beat conference-rival SUNY Farmingdale, which ran 1:30.33, by more than two seconds.

What’s cool is that none of those four sprinters broke 23 seconds indoors for 200 meters in high school!

The previous meet record was RIT’s 1:30.57 last year. The previous facility record was Rowan’s 1:29.57 with Kingsway’s Steve Jones, Jonathan Ramirez of Memorial of West New York, Garland and Mumford at the Bomber Invitational.

Rowan already ranks No. 1 in the country with its school-record 1:27.69 from the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships at Ocean Breeze on Feb. 18. No other Division 3 school is even close. SUNY Farmingdale is No. 2 nationally at 1:29.50, which it ran chasing Rowan at the NJAC meet.

So Rowan now has the two-fastest times in the country this year.

There is no 4-by-200 at NCAA’s so Rowan’s next venture in the 800-meter relay will come this spring. Rowan’s outdoor record is 1:25.2, set in 1985 when the school was known as Glassboro State by the quartet of Rich Forbes, Keith Thomas, Ronald Moore and Willie Lawson.

The 800-meter relay is not contested at a lot of meets during the indoor season, but Rowan does rank No. 4 on the 2019 U.S. list with its 1:27.69 and ranks No. 21 on the 2019 world list, according to the IAAF web site. To qualify for the U.S. list, all four runners must be American. To qualify for the world list, all four must be from the same country.

In Rowan’s case, all four runners are from South Jersey