Seton Hall Prep Wins SMR, Delbarton Second In DMR At NBNI

Seton Hall Prep won the sprint medley relay in blazing fashion and Delbarton ran one of the fastest times in state history in the distance medley relay at the New Balance National Championships at the TRACK at New Balance on Friday in Boston.

In a sizzling the SMR, Seton Hall Prep burned a 3:27.42, the fourth fastest time in state history, No. 18 in US history, and the No. 1 time in the nation this season to finish first. Pennsauken, which ran in a different heat, was second in 3:29.31, which is tied for No. 13 in NJ history and is No. 2 in the country this year.

Seton Hall Prep's SMR lineup consisted of Xavier Donaldson (21.3), Brandon Williams (22.4), Ryan Matulonis (47.81), and Nicholas DeVita (1:55.59). Pennsauken received a 1:55.18 anchor carry from Rutgers-bound Bryce Tucker.

The victory avenged Seton Hall Prep's loss to Pennsauken in the 4x400 relay at the NJ Meet of Champions last Sunday at Ocean Breeze. The two NJ powerhouses will square off again on Sunday in Boston in the 4x400. Seton Hall Prep, the defending 4x400 champ, has run a US No. 2 time of 3:15.73 this season, and Pennsauken has run a US No. 3 time of 3:15.83. There is a a strong chance the state record of 3:15.53 set in 2014 by Union Catholic will be broken. 

NJ nearly had another national champion in the DMR  when Delbarton finished second in 10:02.81, the third fastest time  in state history and No. 13 in US history!! Delbarton finished behind Crater High School of Oregon, who ran 10:00.20. 

Only Ridge (a national record 9:53.40) and Union Catholic (a US No.3 all-time 9:55.12), who staged that epic 1-2 finish at NBN at the NY Armory last year, have run faster than Delbarton among NJ teams.

Delbarton's split were 3:05.50 for Brian Boler, 53.54 for Sebastian Viegas, 1:59.98 for Everett Jania, and 4:03.80 for Collin Boler.