It's always seemed like it was just a matter of time before Nick Medeiros of Old Bridge got under 1:50 in the 800-meter run during his high school career.
And with time running out in his final chance to break that barrier at Friday's Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Wash., Medeiros did what he does best-he closed with a furious charge!
The Georgetown-bound Medeiros unleashed his huge kick over the final 100 meters to pick off several runners before he came hammering across the line in third place, stopping the the clock at 1:49.75, No. 11 in state outdoor history.
Medeiros, who won the two-lapper at the Meet of Champions last month, dropped more than a second off his PR of 1:50.98 that he ran to win the State Group 4 title last month, and his 1:49.75 makes Old Bridge the only program in state history to produce two sub 1:50 half-milers. Rey Rivera ran 1:49.59 to win the 2017 Group 4 800 for Old Bridge.
New Jersey also made its presence felt in the girls two-mile as junior Charlotte Bednar of Lawrenceville, the state record holder in the two-mile, placed second in that race in 10:06.14 and junior Lilly Shapiro of Colts Neck was 10th in 10:43.82. Bednar ran her state record of 9:59.34 at the Garden State Twilight meet on May 1.
Jackson Braddock, a senior at Southern, ran 4:12.49 to place sixth in the boys mile.