Whittle Wins, Langon Victory Overturned At 757 Showdown

Shamali Whittle came up with a sizzling win, Marco Langon had a victory taken away, and the Sharpe triplets sparkled at the 757 Showdown on Sunday at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

Whittle, a junior at Hamilton North (running for the Trenton Track Club), ran a PR of 21.52 to win the boys 200m dash, which is NJ#1 and US#8 this season and places him NJ#6 all-time on the indoor list. Whittle, whose previous PR came when he won the 200m at the indoor Meet of Champions last March in 21.68, also placed third in the 60m dash on Saturday in a NJ#1 7.01. Whittle is also the NJ leader in the 55m dash this season with a 6.52.

Langon appeared to have completed a great distance double in dramatic fashion when he crossed first in the boys mile.

But Langon, a junior at Bridgewater-Raritan who was competing for Runner's High, was later disqualified for impeding Azaan Dawson of Connecticut right as the two were lunging across the line.

See the race and the finish in the video below.

The DQ wiped out a sensational time of 4:15.41 for Langon, which would placed him at US No. 4 for this season. Lawson, who was awarded first-place, ran 4:14.43.

The 4:15.41 would have been a big PR for Langon, whose previous best of 4:17.57 he ran to finish third as a freshman at the 2019 Skyland Conference Outdoor Championships. Langon won the New Balance National Freshman Mile both indoors and outdoors in 2019, and he was sixth in the Group 4 State Championship in 2020. His indoor mile PR coming into this race was a 4:26.72 and his 1600m indoor PR was was 4:22.49.

On Saturday, Langon ran a NJ No.1 and US No. 13 9:21.47 to place third in the two-mile in his first ever race at that distance.

The Sharpe triplets, Amirah, Arianna, and Ariel of Paulsboro, had a great meet running for their father's track club, Sharpe Athletics.

The senior trio teamed up with Aaliyah Fox, a senior at Delsea, to win the girls 4x200 on Saturday in 1:42.23. Amirah Sharpe also dropped her NJ No. 1 time and PR down to 57.15 when she finished fifth in the girls 400m. Her previous PR was 57.58. Arianna was 14th in the 400 in 58.49, just off her PR of and NJ No. 2 58.40.

David Kenny, a senior at St. Augustine, dropped a huge four-second PR when he ran a school indoor record of 1:58.84 to place seventh in the boys 800m.  Kenny broke his own school record of 2:02.11 that he ran to place sixth at the Non-Public A State Championhip meet last February. 

Ayush Saran, a sophomore at West Windsor-Plainsboro South, finished 11th in the boys two-mile with a PR of 9:46.62.