Kingsway’s Allie Pierontoni runs fastest S.J. indoor 1,600 in 3 years, leads pack to PRs in fast, deep SJ-4 race!!!!

That was one heck of a 1,600 race in the South Jersey Group 4 girls sectional Sunday!

All six medalists at the Bennett Center recorded indoor PRs and five recorded indoor-outdoor lifetime bests. And all five South Jersey runners who medaled moved into the top 10 in South Jersey this year.

5:04.98 … Allie Pierontoni [Kingsway]
5:06.90 … Olivia Shafer [Egg Harbor Twp.]
5:07.01 … Olivia Takla [Toms River North]
5:11.27 … Maura Keane [Washington Twp,]
5:11.28 … Isabella Leak [Egg Harbor Twp.]
5:13.74 … Aubrey Pierontoni [Kingsway]

Pierontoni, the sectional champ last spring, matched that performance with a huge indoor PR of 5:04.98. That’s No. 9 in Gloucester County indoor history and only three seconds of Rachel Vick’s school record.

Egg Harbor senior Olivia Shafter lowered her indoor/outdoor overall PR 10 seconds with her 5:06.90. That looks like No. 3 in Atlantic County indoor history and within 5 1/2 seconds off the school and county mark of 5:01.20 set by Julianna Catania in 2016.

After Toms River North soph Olivia Takla took third with an indoor/outdoor PR of her own, Washington Township junior Maura Keane ran a seven-second indoor/outdoor PR of 5:11.27 for fourth and was followed 1-100th of a second later by Egg Harbor senior Isabella Leak and then Kingsway freshman Aubrey Pierontoni, who both also scored huge indoor/outdoor PRs.

Allie Pierontoni’s time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and actually fastest sine 2017, and Shafer’s 5:06.90 matches Sarah Naticchia of Haddonfield for No. 2 this year in South Jersey. Keane is No. 4 in south Jersey, Leake is No. 5 and Aubrey Pierontoni is No. 9.

It looks like Keane’s time is No. 3 in Washington Township indoor history. Michelle Rowen ran that historic 4:43.1 full mile at 1983 Easterns in Boston, which remains the South Jersey record and converts to 4:41.46 for 1,600 meters, and Lindsay Kane ran 4:53.36 in 2014.

This is my best effort at a Gloucester County indoor girls top-10 list. Anybody missing?

4:41.52y … Michelle Rowen (Wash. Twp.), 1983
4:53.36 … Lindsey Kane (Washington Twp.), 2014
4:54.58 … Celine Mazzi (Delsea), 2014
4:56.1y … Ruth Lockbaum (Glassboro), 1985
5:00.81 … Vickie Ajimoko (Williamstown), 2014
5:01.96 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
5:02.83 … Felicia O’Donnell (Delsea), 2011
5:03.81 … Maria Ruiz (Williamstown), 2009
5:04.98 … Allie Pierontoni (Kingsway), 2020
5:05.36 … Diana Iacone (Washington Twp.), 2012

Willingboro girls romp to 38-point sectional win, their first indoors in 10 years!!!

The Willingboro girls won their first sectional title in 10 years Saturday evening, and they did it in style!

Led by senior Tamia Welch Smith, junior Balkis Lyiola and senior Mikell Dolo, who combined for 52 points, the Chimeras rolled to an 87-49 win over New Providence in the Central Jersey Group 1 sectional championships at the Bubble in Toms River.

It was Willingboro’s first indoor sectional title since the Chimeras won South Jersey Group 1 in 2010.

This past spring, Boro won its first outdoor sectional title since it won Central Jersey Group 3 back in 2004.

Although the official meet program shows them winning SJ-3 in 2016, Winslow actually won that meet, and Willingboro wasn’t even in Group 3 that year.

In any case, it was an incredible day for the Chimeras, who won five events, had two 1-2-3 sweeps, and will send an impressive contingent up to the state Group 1 meet on the same track next Saturday morning.

Let’s take a look at how the Boro put together such an impressive performance Saturday:

Balkis Lyiola
Lyiola, a junior, was a busy girl Saturday, scoring in three individual events and anchoring the winning relay team.

Lyiola won the 55-meter dash by 1-100th of a second over Jakara Nock of Camden with a personal-best 7.54, leading a 1-2-3 Boro sweep.

She also took third in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.86, another PR and her first time under 9.0 seconds, as part of another Boro sweep.

And she PR’d in the 400 with a 1:02.87. She also anchored Willingboro’s 1,600-meter relay team, which beat the field by 50 meters.

Tamia Welch Smith
Welch Smith led the 1-2-3 sweep in the 400 with a PR of 1:00.33 and also took second in the 55-meter hurdles with another PR of 8.78.

Mikell Dolo
Dolo PR’d in the highs with an 8.61 triumph, leading a Chimera sweep, and she ran 7.65 in the 55 for third place after a PR 7.59 in the trials.

*Abigail Brown
Brown, a junior, won her first sectional title with a personal-best 33-7 1/2, breaking her PR of 33-3 1/4, which she set earlier this month. She won by more than 2 1/2 feet.

Aleshia Mendez
Mendez, a sophomore, PR’d in the 400 at 1:02.33 for second place, snagged a point in the 800 and led off the Chimeras’ winning 4-by-400 team.

Samiyah Williams
Williams, a freshman, took fifth in the 55 in 7.80 after a PR of 7.75 in the trials, and she ran the third leg on the winning 4-by-4 team.

Jadah Grant
Grant, a sophomore, contributed the second leg on Willingboro’s winning 4-by-400 team.

Led by Zaire Clements, Willingboro boys roll to historic sectional title in Central Jersey Group 1!!!!!

Just a dominating performance Saturday by the Willingboro boys in winning its fourth straight sectional title and state-record eighth overall.

Senior Zaire Clements won the 55 and 400 and ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay team and Willingboro won the Central Jersey Group 1 sectional title at the Bennett Center in Toms River by a whopping 63 points over Asbury Park.

Willingboro scored eight more points than the second-, third- and fourth-place teams combined (Asbury 32, Metuchen 30, Camden 25).

The Chimeras’ 63-point margin of victory is the largest ever in any Central Jersey indoor sectional.

The previous largest margin of victory was 57 points, also by Willingboro, just two years ago. The Chimeras won the 2018 Central Jersey Group 1 title 115-58 over Metuchen.

Willingboro also won South Jersey Group 2 in 2016, Central Jersey Group 2 in 2011 and 2012 and CJ-1 in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

With its eighth indoor sectional title in the 13-year history of the meet, the Boro tied Rahway for most all-time indoor sectional titles. Rahway has won six North 2 Group 2 titles and two more in Central Jersey Group 2.

Willingboro has won 17 outdoor sectional titles to go with its eight indoors. The Chimeras have also won 17 state relays titles, 13 indoor state titles and 12 outdoor state titles.

Since 2017, Boro is 4-for-4 at the state relays, 4-for-4 at indoor sectionals and 2-for-3 at indoor states.

The Willingboro girls won just as impressively. But they deserve their own post soon!

400-METER DASH [11 points]: In what was only his third major 400 race, senior Zaire Clements edged Camden’s Dontae Guest with a 51.31, an overall indoor-outdoor PR, to earn the win.Clements’ previous PR was a 51.84 earlier this month. Senior Jamaho Kingsley added a point with a sixth-place finish in 54.02.

POLE VAULT [18 points]: Junior Glenn Ferguson (11-0) and sophomore Bryon Gary (10-6) went 1-2 for the Chimeras.

SHOT PUT [16 points]: Sophomore C.J. Johnson (48-5 3/4) and junior Deonte Allen (47-9 1/2) went 2-3, and junior Colin Douglas took fifth at 40-7 1/2, his first time surpassing 40 feet.

55-METER HURDLES: Sophomore Bryson Bright lowered his PR from 8.59 to 8.48 in the trials, earning a lane in the final, where he PR’d again at 8.46, missing the top six by 2-100ths of a second.

1.600-METER RUN [1 point]: Junior Roshane Waugh ran a seven-second PR of 4:45.89 for sixth place.

55-METER DASH [15 points]: Clements picked up another win in the 55 with a 6.67, with teammates Nate Robertson and Sheraton Green fourth and sixth with PRs of 6.79 and 6.82.

HIGH JUMP [24 points]: Kameron Smith gets the sectional title on a tiebreaker at 6-6 with Robertson, repeating their 1-2 finish from last year, and sophomore Anais Hughes made it a 1-2-3 sweep, matching his PR of 5-8 for third place.

1,600-METER RELAY [10 points]: Clements, Green, Kingsley and sophomore Jaylen Young ran 3:34.06 to win the 4-by-4 over neighboring Burlington City.

State Relays (14)
1982 [Group 4]
1983 [Group 4]
1985 [Group 3]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1996 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2001 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2005 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 3]
2015 [Group 1]
2017 [Group 1]
2018 [Group 1]
2019 [Group 1]
2020 [Group 1]

Indoor Sectionals (4)
2011 [CJ-Group 2]
2012 [CJ-Group 2]
2015 [CJ-Group 1]
2016 [Group 2]
2017 [CJ-Group 1]
2018 [CJ-Group 1]
2019 [CJ-Group 1]
2020 [CJ-Group 1]

Indoor States (12)
1983 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1987 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1995 [Group 4]
1997 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2002 [Group 3]
2012 [Group 2]
2018 [Group 1]
2019 [Group 1]

Outdoor Sectionals (15)
1977 [Group 4]
1978 [Group 4]
1979 [Group 4]
1980 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
2000 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]
2004 [CJ-3]
2005 [CJ-3]
2012 [Group 2]
2018 [Group 2]
2019 [Group 1]

Outdoor States (12)
1979 [Group 4]
1981 [Group 4]
1982 [Group 4]
1986 [Group 3]
1988 [Group 3]
1989 [Group 3]
1990 [Group 4]
1991 [Group 4]
1993 [Group 4]
1994 [Group 4]
2002 [Group 3]
2003 [Group 3]

Bishop Eustace grad Montel Johnson of Monmouth records top FOUR throws, wins MAAC weight throw!!!!!

Bishop Eustace graduate Montel Johnson, a junior at Monmouth, won his first career conference title Saturday.

Johnson won the weight throw at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Armory with a 61-8 1/2 on his first throw. That’s a PR by three-quarters of an inch over his 61-7 3/4 earlier this month at Millrose.

His best mark coming into this season was a 57-0 1/4 from last winter.

The Gibbsboro native is Monmouth’s first MAAC champion in the weight throw since Errol Jeffrey won the event (and the shot put) at the 2014 meet.

Johnson had the four-best throws of the competition Saturday!

After opening with his winner, he threw 60-5 1/4 and 60-6 3/4 on his last two throws of the trials. In the finals, he started and finished with a foul but had a 61-5 3/4 in between, his third-best throw ever.

Nick Kocienda of Manhattan was second with a throw of 59-6 3/4.

Johnson specializes in the hammer throw outdoors. He was third in the conference last year with a PR of 183-2.

At Eustace, Johnson was third at states in the discus (157-5) and fifth in the shot (51-1).

He never threw the hammer until April of 2018 and didn’t throw the weight until January of 2018.

Lower Cape May graduate Quinn Bithell wins MAAC Conference high jump title for Rider!!!

Lower Cape May Regional graduate Quinn Bithell, a senior at Rider, won her second straight MAAC high jump title Saturday evening.

Bithell cleared 5-5 on her first attempt and then watched as the only two other competitors who had cleared 5-3 failed to get over the bar.

She had the bar moved up to 5-8 3/4, which would have been a PR, before calling it a day.

Bithell won the outdoor Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference meet at Monmouth last spring at 5-7. She’s also been a medalist in the 400-meter hurdles at the MAAC Championships.

Bithell has cleared 5-7 twice — at the conference meet last spring and just two weeks ago at a meet at Ocean Breeze. She’s No. 4 in school history in the indoor high jump.

Bithell had an outdoor PR of 5-6 and an indoor best of 5-4 at LCMR, where she won several sectional titles and was a multiple state medalist.

I’d love to tell you the last Rider woman to win the indoor MAAC high jump title, but Rider’s web site doesn’t list previous conference winners, and the conference’s own web site – despite a section called “Championship Central” – has no record anywhere of previous individual winners.

What happened to being able to download a *.pdf of meet programs from conference championship meets with all kinds of top-10 lists, all-time winners and all sorts of cool stuff that track fans want to see?

Anyway, great meet for Bithell!

Micah Wood, Ian Moore, Donny Vineyard all advance to MAAC 800 championship race!!!!!

Rancocas Valley teammates Micah Wood and Ian Moore of Monmouth Regional and Egg Harbor’s Donny Vineyard of Rider all qualified for Sunday’s 800 final at the MAAC Championships.

Wood and Moore won their semifinal heats, Wood in 1:55.84 and Moore in 1:56.91, to earn auto bids to the eight-man final. Vineyard placed second to teammate Mike Mazzei in the first of four races and advanced as the third-fastest of four qualifying non-winning runners.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 800 final is slated for 5:05 p.m. Sunday at the 168th Street Armory.

Wood’s time is fastest among the eight qualifiers, and Moore is fourth-fastest and Vineyard is fifth-fastest.

Palmyra’s Sam Aviles leads all qualifiers into MAAC hurdles championships for Rider!!!

Samuel Aviles, a Rider freshman from Palmyra, easily led all hurdles qualifiers into Sunday’s finals Saturday at his first collegiate conference meet.

Aviles ran a near-PR 8.12 across the Armory infield in the trials of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 60-meter hurdles to earn a center lane in the finals, scheduled for 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

Nobody else ran under 8.30 in the trials.

Jayaire King of Willingboro, a freshman at St. Peter’s, also reached the final.

Aviles has a PR of 8.11, which he set at Ocean Breeze back in December. He ranks among the top 30 freshmen in NCAA Division 1. That’s No. 10 in Rider history, although only 4-100ths of a second out of No. 6.

Heat sheets for the 60 hurdles final haven’t yet been posted.