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The Weequahic boys inched closer to the state and national records in the boys shuttle hurdles with another blazing performance at the 46th East Coast Relays on Monday in Randolph.
Using a different order than usual, junior Ihmir Marsette led off with a 14.2, senior James Jean followed with a 14.3, senior Stephan Hughes then went 14.2, and sophomore Isaiah Greene anchored in 14.2 as Weequahic stopped the clock at 56.86.
The 56.86 is the second fastest time in N.J. history, No. 4 in U.S. history, a meet record, and the fastest time in the nation this season.
Weequahic’s 56.86 broke the meet record of 56.88 set in 1988 by Camden Wilson, just missed the state record of 56.63 set by Union Catholic when it won the New Balance National title, and is very close to the national record of 56.32 set in 2004 by Westside of South Carolina.
Weequahic dropped nearly a second off its previous best time this season of 57.82, which it ran at the Blue Devil Classic in Westfield last month.
“We wanted to touch 56 today and get a glimpse of what that feels like and then go back and work on some more things to get faster,” said Marsette.