Meet of Champions Showcase | Updated Entries


Update February 16th, 2017 - The NJSIAA's extension for entry closed today February 16th at noon, the revised listing with the new additions noted can be found below. All of the entries from the original closing date date on Monday were protected, this is why entries past the top 24 are listed.

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Article was originally posted 2/13/2017 and has been updated with the newly released entries.

The first entry window the the NJSIAA Meet of Champions Showcase events has passed, here is  the preliminary lineup for the 4x800 meter and 200 meter competitions. Anyone in the state in terms of NJSIAA schools were allowed to enter and the top 24 seeds in each race were accepted.  

This is the first season the NJSIAA will hold the 4x800 meter showcase at the indoor Meet of Champions, the 200 meter was added back into the event lineup in 2015.

The top two finishers in last year's boys 200 meter return this season ranked as the sixth and seventh seeds. Thomas Kalieta Jr of Matawan won in 2016 with a time of 22.41, placing him third all-time at the Bennett Complex track, and Martin Booker Jr was second with a run of 22.55. Booker Jr is tied with Kalieta Jr for third all-time at the Bennett Complex thanks to his own 22.41 at the SJTCA #12 meet this season. The top seed heading into the competition this year is Semaj Willis of Trenton Central who ran 21.97 at the Mercer County Championships.

Also of note in the boys 200 meter the three of the top five seeds are only sophomores. Second is Luke Colehower of Haddonfield seeded 22.02, third Rahmir Johnson of Bergen Catholic 22.12, and fifth Tyrig Bundy of Deptford 22.37.  

The girls 200 meter will have a new champion with the graduation of Kiara Lester who had won the event the past two years. Cecelia Gerstenbacher of Delsea is the fastest returner from the 2016 running, she finished second with a 25.17. In 2017 Gerstenbacher is seeded third entering the meet at 25.54. The top seed is Aliyah Taylor of Rancocas Valley who posted a 24.93 at the Ocean Breeze Invitational. The second seed's time came from this very track however, Shakira Dancy of Winslow Twp ran 25.45 at the SJTCA Meet #9 which was held at the Bennett Complex. 

The 4x800 meter pits some of the best relays in the country against each other. The boys entries are led by Hopewell Valley who just posted a US#2 time of 7:52.76 at the Millrose Games, Morris Hills who is US#3 at 7:53.64 and Union Catholic US#6 at 7:55.28 also come in as potential champions with the only seed times listed under 8 minutes. Again, that is three of the top six 4x800 meter relay teams in the United States going head to head for this showcase.

Looking at the girls we have two teams ranked in the top 20 nationally. Top seed is Seneca who ran 9:24.68 at the Morris County Coaches Invitational. They are followed by the Ridge girls who have a 9:28.93 on their resume from the same meet. 

Showcase Event Accepted Entries - Updated 2/16

The new entries from the first posted are marked as bold with a * before their number.
RaceTab by MileSplit/FloSports       Robert Kellert, NJ MileSplit

              NJSIAA Meet of Champions - 2/25/2017               
       John Bennett Indoor Sports Complex, Toms River, NJ        

                      Event #1 - Boys 200 Meter Dash                      
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    Name                           Yr Team                            Seed
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  1 Semaj Willis                   12 Trenton Central HS            21.97
  2 Luke Colehower                 10 Haddonfield Mem. HS           22.02
  3 Rahmir Johnson                 10 Bergen Catholic HS            22.12
  4 Bryce Watts                    12 Toms River North HS           22.33
  5 Tyriq Bundy                    10 Deptford HS                   22.37
  6 Martin Booker Jr               12 Pennsauken HS                 22.41
  7 Thomas Kalieta Jr              12 Matawan Reg. HS               22.57
  8 Avery Brown                    11 Chatham HS                    22.58
  9 Brandon Boggs                  12 Rancocas Valley Reg HS        22.63
 10 Miles Fye-moore                12 West Windsor-Plainsboro N     22.63
 11 Brandon Outlaw                 12 Moorestown HS                 22.66
 12 Andrew Aguilera                12 Governor Livingston HS        22.69
 13 Josh Fitts                     12 Roselle - Abraham Clark H     22.69
*14 William Hendershot             11 Bridgewater-Raritan HS        22.77
 15 Tarence Walker                 12 Pleasantville HS              22.77
 16 A'Nan Bridgett                 11 West Windsor Plainsboro S     22.79
 17 Mar-Quel Davis                 12 Deptford HS                   22.82
 18 Chase Campbell                 12 Lenape Reg. HS                22.82
 19 Nasir Velez                    12 Rahway HS                     22.83
 20 Tyler Moore                    12 Hamilton HS West              22.85
 21 Shaheem Maple                  10 Wayne Valley HS               22.86
 22 Michael Huertas                12 Fort Lee HS                   22.87
 23 Junior Desir                   12 Montclair HS                  22.88
*24 Tysean Cousar                  12 Ewing HS                      22.89
 25 Wilfris Paulino                12 Union City High School        22.90
 26 Isaiah Bethea                  11 Hamilton North - Nottingh     22.95

                     Event #2 - Girls 200 Meter Dash                      
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    Name                           Yr Team                            Seed
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  1 Aliyah Taylor                  11 Rancocas Valley Reg HS        24.93
  2 Shakira Dancy                  11 Winslow Twp HS                25.45
 *3 Cecelia Gerstenbacher          12 Delsea Reg. HS                25.54
  4 Nyjah Young-Bey                10 Montclair HS                  25.73
  5 Dahria Lewis                   12 Columbia HS                   25.84
  6 Kayla Jackson                  12 Northern Burlington Reg.      25.88
  7 Claudia Piron                  12 Summit HS                     26.04
  8 Nyamekye Opoku-Agyemang        12 Union HS                      26.05
  9 Sydne Nance                    12 Rancocas Valley Reg HS        26.08
 10 Abby Collins                   12 Red Bank Catholic HS          26.10
 11 Flora Ahiarakwe                11 Winslow Twp HS                26.10
 12 Amahri Boyce                   11 North Star Academy            26.12
 13 Chidumga Nkulume                9 Union HS                      26.13
 14 Emma Osborne                   12 Summit HS                     26.16
 15 Kayleigh Furth                 11 Newton HS                     26.20
 16 Iyianna Williams               12 Winslow Twp HS                26.25
 17 Grace Hofferber                12 Rumson-Fair Haven HS          26.26
 18 Shannon Lambert                12 Lenape Reg. HS                26.31
 19 Olivia Florio                  12 Northern Highlands Reg. H     26.41
 20 Lily Orr                        9 Rumson-Fair Haven HS          26.44
 21 Aiyala McPhee                  11 Pemberton Twp HS              26.47
 22 Mijah Collier                  11 Lawrence HS                   26.50
*23 Kayla Pfleger                  12 Middletown North HS           26.51
*24 Toni Glatz                     12 Delsea Reg. HS                26.67
 25 Jaime Sheppard                 12 Morristown-Beard School       26.71
 26 Julia Healy                    12 Northern Highlands Reg. H     26.72

           Event #3 - Boys 4x800 Meter Relay           
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    Team                                           Seed
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  1 Hopewell Valley HS A                       7:52.76
  2 Morris Hills HS A                          7:53.64
  3 Union Catholic Reg. HS A                   7:55.28
  4 Bergen Catholic HS A                       8:00.20
  5 Freehold Twp HS A                          8:03.60
  6 Christian Brothers Academy A               8:07.59
  7 Ridge HS A                                 8:08.92
  8 Hillsborough HS A                          8:09.55
  9 St. Joseph HS (Metuchen) A                 8:09.82
 10 Rahway HS A                                8:09.98
 11 Summit HS A                                8:12.22
 12 Westfield HS A                             8:12.70
 13 Pope John XXIII HS A                       8:12.81
 14 Metuchen HS A                              8:13.04
 15 Clifton HS A                               8:13.40
 16 Middletown North HS A                      8:14.10
 17 Northern Valley HS - Demarest A            8:14.20
 18 Ridgewood HS A                             8:14.30
 19 Whippany Park HS A                         8:14.66
 20 Highland Reg HS A                          8:15.25
 21 Shore Reg. HS A                            8:15.44
 22 Princeton HS A                             8:17.39
 23 Rancocas Valley Reg HS A                   8:17.40
*24 North Hunterdon HS A                       8:17.48
 25 Kingsway HS A                              8:18.46

          Event #4 - Girls 4x800 Meter Relay           
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    Team                                           Seed
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  1 Seneca  HS A                               9:24.68
  2 Ridge HS A                                 9:26.40
  3 Kingsway HS A                              9:32.18
  4 Union Catholic Reg. HS A                   9:32.90
  5 Red Bank Catholic HS A                     9:34.00
  6 Sterling HS A                              9:36.10
  7 Pope John XXIII HS A                       9:36.40
  8 Immaculate Heart Academy A                 9:42.70
  9 Lenape Reg. HS A                           9:43.40
 10 Shawnee HS A                               9:43.90
 11 Indian Hills HS A                          9:44.70
 12 Southern Reg. HS A                         9:45.53
 13 North Hunterdon HS A                       9:45.73
 14 Matawan Reg. HS A                          9:47.36
 15 Haddonfield Mem. HS A                      9:47.93
 16 Ridgewood HS A                             9:48.50
 17 Toms River South HS A                      9:49.84
 18 Westfield HS A                             9:53.68
 19 Metuchen HS A                              9:54.26
 20 West Windsor Plainsboro South HS A         9:55.69
 21 Highland Reg HS A                          9:55.84
 22 Rumson-Fair Haven HS A                     9:56.14
 23 Northern Highlands Reg. HS A               9:56.70
 24 Montclair HS A                             9:57.18

The exciting 4x800 meter race from Lavino Relays back in early January featuring top seeded Hopewell Valley who ran 8:05.44 for second against Central Bucks West of Pennsylvania.


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