Wood’s 1:53 anchor leads Rancocas Valley to S.J.#1 sprint medley time at East Coast Relays!!!!!

Micah Wood’s 1:53.9 anchor leg on Monday led Rancocas Valley to the fastest sprint medley performance by a South Jersey school this year.

R.V. placed second to Hopewell Valley at the 48th annual East Coast Relays in Randolph, the Red Devils clocking 3:30.69 to HoVal’s state-leading 3:28.40 with Meet of Champions 800 runner-up Sean Dolan splitting 1:51.7.

This is the third straight year R.V. has placed first or second in the ECR sprint med but the Red Devils ran faster Monday than they did winning the race in 2017 or 2018.

Sophomore Tre Boyd led off with a 51.4 split for R.V., and senior Tai Matlock and sophomore James McGhee ran the 200s.

The time is No. 10 in Burlington County history, and it’s the fastest second-place time at the East Coast Relays since 2012, when Linden ran 3:29.71 for second behind St. Benedict’s 3:28.10 (with Edward Cheserek anchoring).

It’s also the fastest any South Jersey school has run at the East Coast Relays since 2002, when Vineland won the race in 3:30.33 at Morristown.

3:22.71 … Vineland, 2002
3:22.75 … Vineland, 2003
3:22.85 … Camden, 2001
3:23.56 … Willingboro, 2003
3:23.79 … Willingboro, 2001
3:24.19 … Bordentown, 2005
3:25.06 … Moorestown, 2017
3:26.25 … Absegami, 2008
3:26.75 … Winslow Twp., 2003
3:27.10 … Washington Twp., 2010
3:27.32 … Oakcrest, 2014
3:27.1h … Bridgeton, 2001
3:27.32 … Oakcrest, 2014
3:27.3h … Willingboro, 1983
3:27.55 … Washington Twp., 2009
3:27.69 … Overbrook, 1999
3:28.55 … Winslow Twp., 2002
3:28.63 … Lenape, 2001
3:29.1h … Willingboro, 1979
3:29.44 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
3:29.72 … Rancocas Valley, 2005
3:30.61 … Delsea, 2011
3:30.69 … Rancocas Valley, 2019


Shelby Sills, Meredith Updike win three events each as Cinnaminson wins 4th straight BCSL Patriot Division championship!!!!!

Sophomore Shelby Sills and junior Meredith Updike won three events each to lead the Cinnaminson girls to their fourth straight BCSL Patriot Division title and seventh since 2009.

Cinnaminson edged Delran by just five points, winning the team title 167-162. There was no meet in 2017. Cinnaminson won titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018 and previously in 2002 and 2009 through 2011.

Sills won the 100 in 13.15, the 200 in 27.23 and the high jump at 5-2, and Updike won the high hurdles in 15.30, intermediate hurdles at 1:03.72 and long jump with a 16-0 1/4 jump. She won the 100 by 1-100th of a second over Reyanna Henderson of Pemberton.

That’s 60 points right there from Stills and Updike.

Updike broke the meet record in the high hurdles. The previous Patriot Division meet record was a 15.70 fully-automatic shared by Ayana Davis of Holy Cross in 2008 and Patrie Farquharson of Maple Shade in 2011. She just missed the record in the intermediates. Maddie Hummell ran a 1:03.44 in 2012.

The overall BCSL meet records are 14.7 in the highs — shared by Tonya Lee of Rancocas Valley in 1987, Stephanie Maugham of Shawnee (who became an All-America pole vaulter in college) in 1994 and Mandie Dulin of Shawnee in 1996 — and 1:01.4 in the intermediates, run by Lee in 1986.

Updike’s 15.30 is the second-fastest fully automatic high hurdles time ever recorded in any division at the BCSL meet. The fastest is a 15.26 by Ashley Edwards of Northern Burlington in the Liberty Division in 2014.

For Sills, the 100 time and the high jump clearance are PRs. The Cinnaminson high jump record is 5-5, set in 2003 by Kristen Tricocci.

Other double-digit point scorers for Cinnaminson included freshman Grace Ringer (2nd in 400, 2nd in 800), junior Brooke Adams (1st in 3,200), senior Brooke Painter (1st in PV) and senior Elena Keck (1st in SP with PR 36-3, 4th in discus).

Also, junior Emily Mulligan, Ringer, Updike and senior Maura Tumelty ran 4:14.54 to win the 1,600-meter relay.

Full results are here: https://tomahawktiming.com/5-18-burlington-county-divisional-championships-willingboro/

After modest high school javelin career, Cherokee’s Matt Gross on his way to NCAA D-3 Championships for Rutgers-Camden!!!!!

Matt Gross never won a conference, county, sectional or invitational in high school. He never placed at states. He didn’t throw the javelin 150 feet until three weeks into his senior year. His sophomore PR was 118-3.

This week, he heads to NCAA Division 3 nationals.

Guys like Matt Gross are why we love track and field.

It doesn’t matter where you came from. It doesn’t matter how humble your beginnings were. It doesn’t matter what you did in the past. If you keep working, you’re going to get better. And there are really very few limits to how much better you can get.

Gross, a 2016 Cherokee graduate, is now a junior at Rutgers-Camden, and this weekend he learned he’s one of 20 competitors nation-wide who qualified to throw the javelin at NCAA Division 3 nationals outside Cleveland.

Gross, who got up to 177-9 at sectionals his senior year at Cherokee (the only meet he was over 165 feet at Cherokee), improved to 191-6 1/2 last spring to place third at the NJAC meet and this year improved to 196-7 for second at conference and this past weekend he won the ECAC Division 3 championship — the first major title of his life — with a personal-best throw of 197-0 at Southern Connecticut State in New Haven.

The javelin is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.


Micah Wood leads Rancocas Valley boys to 5th straight BCSL Liberty Division title!!!!!

Senior Micah Wood won the intermediate hurdles and triple jump and was second in the 400 to help the Rancocas Valley boys pile up 191 points and win their fifth straight BCSL Liberty Division title at Carl Lewis Stadium.

RV’s 191 points are the second most in Liberty Division meet history. The Red Devils scored 223 in 2015.

The meet was cancelled because of bad weather in 2017, but R.V. won three straight from 2014 through 2016 and the last two.

In Rancocas’s final tuneup for the South Jersey Group 4 championships, the Red Devils only doubled a handful of athletes. Some 27 different boys scored but only six in more than one event.

Wood won the 400-meter intermediates in 56.77 and triple jump at 43-5 and ran 50.93 for second to Pennsauken’s Aaron Williams (50.56) in the 400.

The 400 was Wood’s first this year in a major meet, and he broke his PR of 51.89 set indoors at sectionals at the Bennett Center this past winter.

Wood also PR’d in the triple jump, breaking his personal-best of 42-11 1/2 that he set just last weekend at the Burlington County Open. He’s also set PRs this year of 56.63 in the intermediates, 15.55 in the high hurdles and 1:57.83 in the 800.

Talk about range!

The only other R.V. winners were seniors Tai Matlock in the long jump and McQuain Hood in the javelin.

Matlock won the long jump at 20-11 1/2, leading a 1-2-3 R.V. sweep. He also took third in the 100 (11.35 after posting the 7th-fastest qualifying time) and ran fifth in the 200 (23.35).

Hood, who set a PR of 171-8 when he won the County Open last weekend, threw 164-5 to win the javelin by more than 20 feet. He was also second in the discus with a 133-10.

The only other R.V. boys to score in two events were junior Jordan Floyd, who took second in the high jump and triple jump; senior Jabri Adams, who placed in both hurdles; and junior Jonah Wood, who scored in both weight throws.

In addition to the last five titles, Rancocas Valley won BCSL titles each year from 1958 through 1971 – the first 14 years the meet was held — and also in 1973 when it was still a one-division meet, then won in 1994 and 1995 in the Patriot Division and 1998 in the Liberty.

Full results are here!

Led by Alex Stockton, Riverside boys win FIRST title in 62-year history of BCSL Championships!!!!!

The Burlington County Scholastic League Championships have been around for 62 years, and the Riverside boys had never won a team title.

Until now.

Led by senior Alex Stockton’s 34 points, Riverside won the first conference championship in school history, outscoring Burlington City 136-111 to win the BCSL Freedom Division title Saturday at Carl Lewis Stadium in Willingboro.

Stockton won the javelin with a personal-best 163-5 — a 12-foot PR — and recorded second-place finishes in both hurdles and the triple jump to lead the Rams.

Stockton is the first Riverside boy to win a BCSL javelin title in 19 years, since Randy Holak in 2000.

Other Riverside winners:

—> Senior Anthony Moyer was first in the discus with a personal-best of 116-5.

—> Sophomore Khy’Jaron Moore jumped a personal-best 42-4 to win in the triple jump and also placed fourth in both the 200 and high hurdles.

—> Sophomore Caleb Esposito won the pole vault and also medaled in both the 1,600 and 3,200

Sophomore Louis Vasquez also had a big day for the Rams, taking third in both hurdles and fourth in the triple jump and running a leg on the second-place 4-by-400 team. And senior Daniel Hamlin took third in the intermediates and sixth in the highs and ran on the relay team.

And a freshman, Kaique Viera Clovis, took third in the pole vault and ran on the 4-by-400 team.

Other Rams medalists were senior Judson Souza (2nd in the 800), sophomore Fabion Ruffin (3rd in LJ), senior Jacob Fink (5th in SP) and junior Johnny DeLima (6th in disc).

The BCSL meet began in 1958 with just one division. It expanded to Liberty and Freedom in 1975. From 1992 through 2000, the BCSL meet was not held but it was scored out of the County Open. It resumed as a separate meet in 2001.

Willingboro’s Kenady Wilson shatters BCSL meet HJ record with NJ #2 performance!!!!!

Willingboro senior Kenady Wilson on Saturday became only the second girl in New Jersey this year to clear 5-8.

And Wilson did it on her first attempt.

Wilson matched her PR and broke a 16-year-old meet record at the BCSL Liberty Division meet on her home track at Carl Lewis Stadium.

Wilson entered the competition at 5-0 and cleared 5-0, 5-2 and 5-4 on her first attempt, 5-6 on her second and 5-8 on her third. She took three jumps at 5-10.

It’s Wilson’s second career 5-8 clearance. She was over the bar at 5-8 for fifth place last year at the Meet of Champions. She cleared 5-6 to win the County Open last weekend.

Wilson broke the Liberty Division record of 5-6 set in 2003 by Northern Burlington’s Latasha Leake. She also broke the overall BCSL meet record of 5-6 shared by Leake and Anna Cook of Florence, who won the Freedom Division meet at 5-6 in both 2006 and 2007.

Wilson’s mark is No. 2 in the state this year behind Timber Creek junior Tierra Hooker, who cleared 5-8 3/4 to place third at the Penn Relays last month.

She’s No. 8 on the all-time South Jersey list and one inch shy of the school record of 5-9, set in 1981 by Olympic long jumper Carol Lewis.

5-10 1/2 …. Megan Kirschling [West Deptford], 2012
5-10 ………. Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 2017
5-9 1/2 …… Priscilla Frederick [Paul VI], 2007
5-9 1/4 …… Mandi Wolicki [Ocean City], 1995
5-9 ………. Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
5-9 ………. Erin Halpin [Cherry Hill East], 1986
5-9 ………. Kim Stoll [Holy Spirit], 1994
5-8 …… Tonya Lee (Rancocas Valley), 1987
5-8 …… Joi Johnson (Ocean City), 1993
5-8 …… Misty Farrell (Washington Twp.), 1995
5-8 …… Brooke Minor (Kingsway), 2001
5-8 …… Marcene Jack (Mainland Regional), 2004
5-8 …… Briana Gray (Haddon Heights), 2005
5-8 …… Anna Cook (Florence), 2007
5-8 …… Brianna Hunt (Delsea), 2010
5-8 …… Gabrielle Bennett (Winslow Twp.), 2015
5-8 …… Natalie Cowan (Hammonton), 2015
5-8 …… Kenady Wilson (Willingboro), 2018, 2019

Wilson also placed second in the long jump with a 16-9 1/2, 3 1/2 inches behind Kristina Tossas of Rancocas Valley, who jumped 17-1, and she ran a leg on Willingboro’s second-place 1,600-meter relay team.

Cinnaminson’s Austin Gabay PRs and runs fastest 800 in any division at BCSL meet in 15 YEARS!!!!!

Austin Gabay isn’t just a distance runner. Gabby, the Cinnaminson junior, ran a rare 800 Saturday and turned in a huge PR at the Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division meet at Willingboro.

Gabay ran an unpressed 1:56.64, in only his third lifetime serious attempt at the distance. Gabay won the event in 1:58.32 last year, which was his PR.

The Cinnaminson junior was out in 58.66 and already had a 20-meter lead when he came through the 400. He closed in 58.7.99.

Gabay is only the fifth runner in New Jersey this year to run both sub-1:57 and sub-9:17. The only other South Jersey runner to pull that off is senior Connor Melko of Eustace, who has run 1:56.47 and 9:06.52.

Gabay broke the Patriot Division meet record of 1:57.30, set in 2007 by Mike Sheehan of Holy Cross. His time was fastest by any half-miler in any division at the BCSL meet in 15 years, since Ian Waterhouse of Rancocas Valley ran 1:55.59 to win the Liberty Division race in 2004.

His time also appears to be the eighth-fastest winning time in meet history, with the seven-fastest coming in the Liberty Division. Some results from the early 1970s are unavailable.

1:53.4h … Clayton Baloche [Lenape], 1992
1:55.59 … Ian Waterhouse [Rancocas Valley], 2004
1:55.7h … Wayne Riley [Willingboro], 1997
1:56.3h … Aaron Boucher [Cherokee]. 1998
1:56.3h … Chris Tarello [Shawnee], 1991
1:56.4h … Tavo Rivera [Pemberton], 1976
1:56.4h … Jaja Fisher [Cherokee], 1993
1:56.64 … Austin Gabay [Cinnaminson], 2019
1:56.5h … Cliff Moore [Willingboro], 1978
1:56.60 … Aaron Boucher [Cherokee], 1999

Looks like Gabay is now the fifth-fastest Cinnaminson half-miler in school history, behind 1992 state Group 2 champ John Keevey (1:55.87), 2007 Meet of Champions third-place finisher Matt Poskus (1:52.37), current Rider star Tom Long (1:55.49 in 2015) and Brian Tetrault (1:56.61 in 2007), who ran the leadoff leg on Villanova’s Championship of America-winning DMR team in 2011.