Mario Heslop Destroys 200m State Record, Ties 55m Record During Eastern States

Tonight was a major breakthrough for Mario Heslop, a junior from Franklin Twp. First he sprinted to a time of 6.26 to win the 55m dash tying a New Jersey state record, breaking the meet record and taking over US#1. Then he came back in the 200m finals to leave the field behind with a fiery state record 21.09!! Both performances went down at the Eastern States Championships in New York on Tuesday night. 

His 200m time of 21.09 destroyed Adian Sanderson's state record of 21.34 set at this same meet in 2004. Remarkably it is still US#4 this season with three other boys also under 21.10, Heslop is now tied for 11th all-time nationally. 

Before the final he had clocked in at 21.39 during prelims which temporarily only left Taylor McLaughlin's 21.37 and Adian Sanderson's 21.34 ahead of him.

The 55m dash performance ties the state record time of 6.26 from Damiere Byrd in 2011. That was an en route performance to his 6.74 victory in the 60m dash during the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet. He also over takes the NJ#2 all-time performances of 6.30 shared by Joe Dawkins of Hackensack, 1995, and Jamar Ervin of Camden, 2001. Damiere Byrd graduated from Timber Creek in 2011 and is currently a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. 

Before the finals he had advanced on a 6.32 from the semis. 

Thanks to Jim Lambert for the heads up on the en route 6.26 by Damiere Byrd.