Moorestown grad Zion Howard finishes remarkable breakthrough season with near-PR 200-meter dash at USATF Junior Nationals!!!!!

Moorestown grad Zion Howard ran a near-PR 21.53 into a headwind in the 200-meter dash this past weekend at the USATF Junior Nationals in Bloomington, Ind.

Howard, who recently completed his freshman year at Moravian, was one of only two NCAA Division 3 sprinters in the field and finished ahead of the other, Rodrick McMiller of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Howard, racing in the second of four heats, missed qualifying for the final by less than half a second.

Last month, Howard ran 21.42 into a 1.7 meters-per-second wind to place fourth at the Division 3 nationals in La Crosse, Wisc. That earned him All-America honors. McMiller won that race in 21.17.

The race at USATF juniors capped a massive breakthrough season for Howard, whose high school best at 200 meters was a a pedestrian 22.32 for fifth place in the South Jersey Group 3 sectionals last spring.

Think about how far Thomas came this past year.

His greatest success in high school came in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, an event he won last year at the Burlington County Open and placed third at sectionals in 56.33.

He never placed higher than fifth at sectionals in the 200 and never even raced the event at the county meet. His best finish in the Liberty Division meet in the 200 was an eighth in 2016.

And now he’s put together back-to-back meets with 21.42 and 21.53.

Thomas’s improvement has been equally astounding in the 100, where he had a PR of 11.69 in high school — from a 17th-place finish at 2016 sectionals — but ran as fast as 10.67 this past spring at Moravian, which is located in Bethlehem.

Thomas was the No. 6 freshman in Division 3 in the 100 and No. 2 in the 200 (behind McMiller).

 

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Tarantino places 3rd in 200 at National Scholastic Championships with wind-legal #6 time in STATE HISTORY!!!!!

Paul VI senior Antonio Tarantino wrapped up his brilliant scholastic career with a third-place and huge wind-legal PR of 21.07 at the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium on the North Carolina A&T campus in Greensboro, N.C.

Tarantino, who ran a wind-aided 20.51 in the trials, lowered his legal PR from 21.21 to 21.07 and missed the South Jersey record of 21.06, set in 1983 by Olympic gold medalist Dennis Mitchell of Edgewood, by 1-100th of a second.

His time is No. 6 in state history and No. 2 in South Jersey history.

Tarantino, who will enter Rutgers in the fall, finished third behind Okheme Moore of Hillcrest High in Tuscaloosa, Ala., who ran 20.78, and Cameron Council of Northwood High in Pittsboro, N.C., who ran 20.99.

Moore, who also won the 100 with a 10.37, had a previous 200 PR of 21.19. Council raced within 1-100th of a second of his PR of 20.98.

ALL-TIME N.J. 200-METER DASH LIST
20.53 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI] 2018
20.93 … Danny Johnson [Rahway], 2001
20.97 … Mario Heslop [Franklin], 2018
21.03 … Zamir Thomas [Snyder], 2011
21.06 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
21.07 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI], 2018
21.13 … Jabrill Peppers [Paramus Catholic], 2013
21.14 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
21.20 … Rashad White [Teaneck], 2008
21.22 … Maxwell Booker [Essex Catholic], 2000
21.23 … Shaquan Brown [Paterson Kennedy], 2005
21.25 … Bryant McCombs [Old Bridge], 2005
21.27 … Charles Cox [Monmouth Reg.], 2007
21.29 … Zyaire Clemes [Trenton], 2013
21.30 … Ty Adams [Monmouth Reg.], 1993
21.30 … Lamar Grant [Jackson], 1996
21.30 … Taylor McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015
21.31 … Michael Ray Garvin [Don Bosco], 2005
21.31 … Clayton Parros [Seton Hall Prep], 2009
21.31 … Miles Shuler-Foster [Long Branch], 2011
21.36 … Isaiah Gill [Plainfield], 2008
21.39 … Akeem Gauntlett [Roselle], 2008
21.39 … Martin Booker [Pennsauken], 2017
21.40 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
21.40 … Todd Dutch [Washington Twp.], 2001
21.40 … Jamaad Muse (Timber Creek), 2012

Winslow junior Tionna Tobias leaps 19 feet again, places 8th in long jump at New Balance Nationals!!!!!

Tireless Winslow junior Tionna Tobias, competing in her third event of the weekend, earned All-America honors for the second time within a few hours Sunday afternoon when she placed eighth in the championship long jump at the New Balance Nationals at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

Tobias, who ran on Winslow’s fifth-place super sprint medley team earlier in the day, jumped 19-1 1/4 on her second attempt. She also ran 14.25 in the high hurdles into a 1.9 meters-per-second wind.

Tobias has jumped 19 feet or better in four straight meets, winning the state Group 3 title at 19-11 1/2 and the Meet of Champions last weekend at 19-5 1/4. She ranks ninth in state history and No. 3 in South Jersey history with one year to go.

Tobias opened with an 18-8 3/4 before closing the prelims with a 19-1 1/4 and a 19-1/2. In the finals, she opened with a 17-8 3/4, then fouled before finishing with a 18-0 1/2.

Rancocas Valley girls take 2nd in super sprint medley at Nationals and shatter South Jersey record!!!!!

Aliyah Taylor’s 53.52 split anchored Rancocas Valley to second place and a South Jersey record in the super sprint medley Sunday at the National Scholastic Championships at Aggie Stadium on the North Carolina AT&T campus in Greensboro, N.C.

Sophomores Kristina Tossas and Breacain McClenahan ran the opening 100s, junior Darynn Minus-Vincent the 200 and Taylor the 400 as R.V. ran 1:43.19, finishing just behind Nansemond River High of Suffolk, Va., which won in 1:42.53.

Taylor ran the fastest 400-meter split in the event.

R.V.’s time broke the Burlington County and South Jersey record of 1:44.06 set by Willingboro at nationals in 2003 in Raleigh, N.C. It’s second-fastest in state history behind Columbia’s 1:41.98 in 2010 at nationals.

It is also No. 16 meet history, which is pretty impressive considering most of the fastest times in U.S. history have been run at nationals.

Winslow also earned All-America honors in the event, with the team of junior Tionna Tobias, sophomores Janeya Hammond and Nylah Perry and senior Flora Ahiarakwe running 1:45.78.

Here’s the top 10 times in state history:

1:41.98 … Columbia, 2010
1:43.19 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
1:43.33 … Columbia, 2009
1:43.76 … Union Catholic, 2016
1:44.06 … Willingboro, 2003
1:44.33 … Camden, 2006
1:44.78 … Summit, 2017
1:45.07 … Winslow Twp., 2004
1:45.19 … Pope John XXIII, 2012
1:45.30 … East Orange, 2006

OMG I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT ANTONIO TARANTINO JUST DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul VI senior Antonio Tarantino will race for a national title later Sunday after running a mind-boggling 20.51 in the 200-meter dash trials at the New Balance National Championships at Aggie Stadium on the North Carolina AT&T campus in Greensboro, N.C.

The mark was wind-aided — 2.8 meters-per-second — but it is faster than the state records set in 2001 by Rahway’s Danny Johnson — 20.6 hand-timed and 20.93 fully automatic.

Only marks made with an assisting wind of 2.0 meters per second or less are considered for record-keeping purposes, although most New Jersey marks didn’t even have a wind-gauge available.

Tarantino’s time is also the second-fastest in meet history in any conditions, behind only a 20.41 by Trentavis Friday of Cherryville, N.C., in 2014.

Tarantino will be in lane 4 for the final at 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

Tarantino, the New Jersey Meet of Champions winner, led four runners under 21 seconds in the trials.

Tyrese Cooper ran a 20.83 in the third of five heats without an assisting wind. Cameron Council of Bull City in North Carolina ran 20.88 with a 0.1 wind  to win the fifth heat, and Rawle Brebnor of Potomac, Va., was first across the line in the first heat in 20.99. The fourth heat, which Tarantino won, was the only one that was wind-aided.

Tarantino has a wind-legal PR of 21.21 from last year’s Parochial A sectionals at Egg Harbor Township.

Tarantino ran under the South Jersey record of 21.06 set in 1984 by Edgewood’s Dennis Mitchell, an Olympic gold medalist.

Here’s the updated all-time state list:
ALL-TIME N.J. 200-METER DASH LIST
20.53 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI] 2018
20.93 … Danny Johnson [Rahway], 2001
20.97 … Mario Heslop [Franklin], 2018
21.00 … Fabian Santiago [Oakcrest], 2012
21.03 … Zamir Thomas [Snyder], 2011
21.06 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
21.13 … Jabrill Peppers [Paramus Catholic], 2013
21.14 … Reuben McCoy [Winslow Twp.], 2004
21.20 … Rashad White [Teaneck], 2008
21.22 … Maxwell Booker [Essex Catholic], 2000
21.23 … Shaquan Brown [Paterson Kennedy], 2005
21.25 … Bryant McCombs [Old Bridge], 2005
21.27 … Charles Cox [Monmouth Reg.], 2007
21.29 … Zyaire Clemes [Trenton], 2013
21.30 … Ty Adams [Monmouth Reg.], 1993
21.30 … Lamar Grant [Jackson], 1996
21.30 … Taylor McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015
21.31 … Michael Ray Garvin [Don Bosco], 2005
21.31 … Clayton Parros [Seton Hall Prep], 2009
21.31 … Miles Shuler-Foster [Long Branch], 2011
21.36 … Isaiah Gill [Plainfield], 2008
21.39 … Akeem Gauntlett [Roselle], 2008
21.39 … Martin Booker [Pennsauken], 2017
21.40 … Rob Gary [Lenape], 1998
21.40 … Todd Dutch [Washington Twp.], 2001
21.40 … Jamaad Muse (Timber Creek), 2012

Kingsway boys race to #8 time in S.J. history in four-mile relay at nationals!!!!!

Sophomore Stone Caraccio’s 4:18 leadoff leg led Kingsway to the eighth-fastest four-mile relay time in South Jersey history Sunday morning.

Caraccio split an official 4:18.57 and Kingsway went on to run 17:52.30 and place 12th at the National Scholastic Championships in Aggie Stadium on the North Carolina AT&T campus in Greensboro. Caraccio handed off to senior Jonathan Connor in the lead, just ahead of Hudson High in Ohio.

Connor kept Kingsway near the front with a 4:21.37 split and senior Joe Grandizio and junior Kieran Burns kept the Dragons in the thick of the race with splits of 4:34.18 and 4:38.19.

Kingsway finished ninth in its section and 12th overall and broke its own Gloucester County record of 18:07.50 set in 2015 at the CBA 6,400-Meter Relay Challenge. That was actually an 18:01.50 for 6,400 meters converted to four miles.

Grandizio also ran on that team, along with Myles Boerlin, Kyle Everham and Noah Culbreath. Kingsway finished second in that race behind CBA’s 17:37.40.

Obviously the four-mile is not contested very often and when it is it’s generally not very fast, but Kingsway is the eighth South Jersey school to go under 18 minutes, which isn’t easy to do. You’ve got to get four guys to average sub-4:30 on the same day, and you have to find a field that’s competitive enough so your third and fourth legs have someone to race against.

West Windsor-Plainsboro North won the race in 17:19.59 with three sub-4:20 legs, including a 4:15.78 second leg from sophomore Luke Johnson and a 4:16.75 anchor from junior Vedang Lad.

WW-P North’s time is No. 3 in state history and fastest in 45 years, since Paramus Catholic ran 17:12.6 in 1973. It’s also No. 6 in meet history.

ALL-TIME S.J. SUB-18 FOUR-MILE RELAY LIST
17:20.0h ..… Haddon Twp., 1973
17:20.21 ..… Haddonfield, 2010
17:28.84 ..… Mainland Reg., 2004
17:33.30c … Haddonfield, 2010
17:39.64 ..… Mainland Reg., 2003
17:41.3h ..… Williamstown, 1973
17:51.58 ..… Cherokee, 2016
17:52.30 ..… Kingsway, 2018

Deptford JUST misses 400-meter relay final at nationals, places ninth in the country with another sub-42 time!!!!!

It was an excruciating wait for Deptford, which ran 41.83 in the fourth heat of the 400-meter relay trials at nationals Saturday, then fell an agonizing 3-100ths of a second from qualifying for the finals.

Deptford’s record-setting 400-meter relay quartet of senior James Bettis and juniors Tyriq Bundy, Javon Sanders and Khion Smith still wound up a very impressive ninth in the country with a 41.83 at the National Scholastic Championships at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

There were seven rounds of the 400-meter relay trials, and Deptford was in the fourth of the seven races. The eight fastest teams advanced to Sunday’s final.

The Spartans won their heat and with three races to go they were sitting fourth. Two teams ran faster in the fifth heat and two more in the sixth, so with the final race on the track, Deptford was in the eighth and final spot.

That’s when Spartanburg of South Carolina ran 41.46, bumping Deptford from eighth to ninth and out of the championship race.

Still, as frustrating as that was, Deptford’s 400-meter relay team had a historic season.

Deptford won the state Group 3 title in 41.72 and the Meet of Champions in 41.47. That time is No. 6 in South Jersey history and No. 9 in state history. It’s also No. 2 in Meet of Champions history, behind only Timber Creek’s 41.45 in 2014.

Let’s take one last look at where Deptford ranks all-time in state and South Jersey history in the 400-meter relay:

All-Time New Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
40.92 … Winslow, 2003
41.0h … Plainfield, 1980
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.2h … Weequahic, 1972
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.46 … Franklin Twp., 2016
41.47 … Deptford, 2018
41.49 … Franklin Twp., 2017
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.52 … Plainfield, 1998
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.55 … Deptford, 2017
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.65 … Trenton, 1999
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Salem, 2017
41.71 … Teaneck, 2010
41.72 … Deptford, 2018
41.74 … Rahway, 1985
41.5h … Westfield, 1978
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.82 … Neptune, 2009
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Westfield, 1977
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.6h … Montclair, 1984
41.6h … Montclair, 1972
41.91 … Irvington, 2005
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001
41.92 … Perth Amboy, 2017
41.98 … Plainfield, 2000

All-Time South Jersey 400-Meter Relay List
40.92 … Winslow, 2003
41.09 … Camden, 2000
41.25 … Camden, 2004
41.25 … Camden, 2001
41.45 … Timber Creek, 2014
41.47 … Deptford, 2018
41.50 … Timber Creek, 2013
41.54 … Camden, 2002
41.55 … Deptford, 2017
41.57 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.62 … Camden, 2003
41.64 … Winslow Twp., 2004
41.69 … Willingboro, 1991
41.71 … Edgewood, 2000
41.71 … Salem, 2017
41.72 … Deptford, 2018
41.80 … Oakcrest, 2012
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Camden, 1997
41.83 … Oakcrest, 2011
41.85 … Pennsauken, 2016
41.86 … Pennsauken, 2017
41.7h … Camden, 1996
41.7h … Edgewood, 2001