Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Athlete bios courtesy of Jim Lambert

DAVID FIELDS, MONMOUTH REGIONAL

David was one of the greatest sprinters in Shore Conference history and the most dominant quarter milers in the state in the late 1980’s .

One of the catalysts for the great Monmouth Regional teams, this sprint star reeled off several impressive victories during his career as he emerged into the state’s premier quarter milers under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Ed Scullion.

He won four individual Meet of Champions titles in his career, indoors in 1988 and 1989, and outdoors in 1987 and 1989. He’s just one of three sophomores in state history to win the 400 at the outdoor Meet of Champions.

While the 400 was his best event, this Hall of Famer also excelled in the shorter sprints, winning the 100 at the Monmouth County Championships in 1989 in 11.09 and capturing the 200 at the 1989 county meet in 1988, and he also won the 55 dash in 6.68 at the Shore Conference Championships.

After graduating from Monmouth in 1989, he went on to star at North Carolina State University where he continued to flourish.

As a freshman in 1990, he ran a then school record 46.49 to win the 400 ACC Outdoor Championships, and ran on NC State’s 4×400 that still holds the school outdoor record of  3:05.86.

He’s currently ranked No. 5 all-time on NC State All-Time List in the 400 both indoors and outdoors.

BILL BRUNO

Bill is a track and field lifer, having spent more than 50 years involved in the sport in several different ways and on many different levels, and he’s also made a huge impact as a teacher and an administrator.

You name it, and odds are he’s done it.

He got his start in track and field as a sprinter in high school at CBA in the late 1960s and has been part of the sport.

After competing at Glassboro state College where he was captain of the team, he became the sprint and hurdle coach at CBA in 1978 under Hall of fame coach Tom Heath.

Then in the fall of 78 he landed a job at Manalapan High School where he taught and coached football and track

Three years later he was back at CBA teaching and serving as the head track and field coach for three years.

In 1986 he took a job at Asbury Park where he taught and was an assistant track coach under Hall of Famer Tony Giordano.

In 1989 he moved to Pinelands High School where he took a very average track and field program and built it into a power, and also was the head football coach for some of the best years Pinelands has ever had..

In his 11 years at Pinelands, he led the track team to nine straight winning seasons, captured 3 B South Titles, and had three undefeated season.

And his 1991 football team at Pinelands went 7-2, the best record in school history

He finished up his track and field coaching career in 2000 with a 110-29 record, 2 Parochial State titles, 6 shore conference divisional titles, 3 Monmouth county championships, one shore conference title, one ocean county indoor relay crown, 23 relay invitational victories, and six undefeated seasons.

He was named State Coach of the year by the Star-Ledger in 1983 and was chosen as the Coach of the year by the Ocean County Observer twice and by the Asbury Park Press once.

After his coaching career concluded, he served as the Athletic Director at Brick memorial, Marlboro and Howell High School, but he’s always remained involved in track and field.

He has served on the Shore Track Coaches Association Executive Board, was a cadet instructor for the Shore Chapter of Track and Field Officials, and was co-founder and meet director of the Wildcat Relays and co-founder of the Rebel Relays.

He has received several honors for his years of dedication and commitment to track and field.

In 2005, he received the Hank Nonnenberg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Shore Track Coaches Association.

And last year he was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame, the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Directors of Athletics Association NJ Hall of Fame.

Since 2015 he’s been the Assistant Director of the NJSIAA in charge of the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field state championships.

JILLIAN SMITH, SOUTHERN REGIONAL

Jillian is quite simply one of the greatest female runners to ever lace up the spikes in state history.

The accomplishments, the times, and the victories are breathtaking.

During her years at Southern Regional, this all-time great piled up some staggering numbers while running for one of the greatest teams ever assembled in state history.

It was obvious that this Hall of Famer was destined for greatness when she ran a 5:30 mile in middle school and then won the Freshman Mile at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in 2006.

During her high school career she won 8 Meet of Champions titles- 3 indoors in the 1600 and 3 outdoors in the 800, and two on the 4×400 relays.

She still holds the meets records at both the indoor Meet of Champions in the 1,600 and the outdoor Meet of Champions in the 800, and her winning time of 2:04.67 at the 2009 Meet of Champions is No. 4 in state history.

She was an

  •  8-time Nike National Champion, including the 800 outdoors and the mile indoors in 2008, and captured 6 more national titles in the Distance Medley Relay and 4x800m relay

  • 11-time Nike All-American in the 1600m, 800m, Sprint Medley Relay, Distance Medley Relay, 4x800m Relay)

  • 2-time Millrose Games Mile Champion (2008 and 2009)

  • 20-time New Jersey Group 4 Champion in all three seasons combined

  • She led off the 2007 Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America winning team with a 3:33.6 split

  • At the 2008 Penn Relays she split 4:42.2 on the anchor leg, the fastest in meet history at the time??

  • She was named NJ Gatorade Track & Field Player of the Year 2009

  • 2007 Cross Country Meet of Champions Runner-Up

  • 2007 Cross Country Footlocker 2nd Team All-Northeast

  • Southern Regional Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee-A team member of Girl’s Track and Field: 2006 and 2007 NJSIAA Group 4 Indoor and Outdoor Champions, 2008 Indoor South Jersey Group 4 Champions, 2008 Outdoor Group 4 Champions, 2009 Indoor Group 4 Champions, 2009 Outdoor Group 4 Champions

After graduating from Southern in 2009, she headed off to the University of Michigan where she put together a remarkable college career.

In cross-country she was:

• First Team All-Big Ten in 2010

• Second Team All-Big Ten 2011, 2012

• First Team All Region 2009-2012

• Team Captain 2012

•  and a member of the Big Ten Championship Team in 2012

On the track she was:

• Four-time Indoor All-Big Ten First Team selection

• the Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year 2010

• the Big Ten Indoor 800m Champion 2010, 2011

• ran on the Big Ten Indoor Distance Medley Relay Championship Team from 2010- 2013

• ran on the 2013 Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America team

• was the NCAA Indoor 800 Runner Up in 2011

• ran on the NCAA Indoor Distance Medley Relay Champions in 2013 & was First Team

All-American 2011 & 2013

• NCAA Outdoor 1500m Second Team All-American in 2012

• and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2014

AUDRA CORSON, MONMOUTH REGIONAL

Audra is one of the greatest throwers to ever come through New Jersey.

During her days at Monmouth Regional she was the most dominant thrower in the state in all the disciplines, the shot put, discus and javelin, and in her senior year of 1985 she turned in one of the greatest achievements in state history.

At the 1985 Meet of Champions, she won all three throwing events. She threw 150-2 to win the javelin, 128-9  to capture the discus, and 40-7 to finish first in the shot put.

She’s still the only athlete (boy or girl) to pull off that triple in Meet of Champions history, and is just one of three girls to ever win three individual events at the same Meet of Champions.

She also captured the javelin title at the 1983 Meet of Champions and the shot put title at the 1985 indoor Meet of Champions to give her a total of five Meet of Champions titles in her career.

In addition to all her Meet of Champions victories, this Hall of Famer also won seven Monmouth County and Seven Shore Conference titles, won the shot put at both the Penn Relays and Eastern Championships in 1985???

She finished her career with personal bests of 45-7 ½ in the shot put, No. 16 in state history at the time, and 156-6 in the javelin, No. 3 in state history at the time

After graduating from Monmouth Regional in 1985, she attended Southern Illinois for one year before transferring to George Mason.

At George Mason, she won the shot put at the 1989 ECAC Championships and captured the javelin at the 1990 Colonial Athletic Association Championships.

She is currently ranked No. 6 all-time in George Mason history in the javelin and No. 7 all-time in the shot put.

ROBBY ANDREWS, MANALAPAN

Combining a lethal kick with a high octane engine and a heart the size of Texas, Robby is without a doubt one of the greatest track and field athletes to ever compete in New Jersey and is one of the best middle distance runners in U.S. history.

From smashing national records in high school to winning national titles in college to becoming a U.S. Olympian and U.S. National Champion, there isn’t very much this star from Manalapan hasn’t accomplished in a career that has seen him electrify crowds with his trademark come from behind style, which has led to several heart pounding victories on his way to reaching legendary status.

To pick out a breakthrough race in his high school career, let’s rewind the clock back to June May of 2007 and the 800 race at the State Group 4 Championships at Silver Eagle Stadium in Egg Harbor.

The race featured defending Meet of Champions winner Jason Apwah of Roxbury, who was heavily favored to win.

But over the final 200 meters, this little known sophomore with a uniform that looked like it was two sizes too big, came roaring from behind and outkicked the defending champ to pull off the upset.

A star was born!

Over the next two years he gradually built up his strength and increased his speed even more

as he took his running to a place not many high school runners have ever gone before.

With 48 quarter speed to go with the strength that helped him win a State Group cross-country title, he put together one of the very best indoor ad outdoors  seasons in US high school history during his senior year in 2009..

The numbers are staggering!

Indoors in 2009, he won the Millrose Mile, and broke the national records in both the 800 and 1,000. His 1:49.21 to win the New Balance National title in the 800 stood as the national indoor record for nine years, and his 2:22.28 in the 1,000 is still the national record.

Outdoors that year, he ran 1:48.66 at the Meet of Champions to win the 800 and break John Marshall’s meet record of 1:49.5 that stood for 28 years, ran a 4:03.49 mile at the Portland Track Festival, and won the 800 at the Nike National Championships!!

His 1:48.66 and 4:03.49 are both No. 3 in N.J. history and he finished his career as the only high school runner in NJ history to break 4:05 in the mile and go sub 1:49 in the 800!!

After graduating from the Manalapan High, it was off to the University of  Virginia where it sure didn’t take him long to make his presence felt on the college level.

In his first NCAA Championship meet as a freshman in 2010, he toed the line in the 800 against a loaded field that was led by defending champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Andrew Wheating of Oregon. who was heavily favored to repeat as champ.

It looked like Wheating was going to get the win, but this Hall of Famer used his wicked kick and ran down Wheating in the final meters and outleaned him at the line to pull off the shocking upset victory.

A month later, he went Duck Hunting again-outkicking Wheating on the anchor leg in the 4×800 Championship of America race at the Penn Relays to give Virginia the victory over Oregon.

As a sophomore, he did it again, anchoring Virginia to a second straight 4×800 title at Penn to earn MVP honors, and later that season he won the NCAA 800 outdoor title in breathtaking fashion and came roaring from way back to catch Charles Jock right before the line to win in a personal best 1:44.81.

He turned pro and signed with Adidas during his junior year at Virginia and eventually moved up to focus on the 1,500.

In 2012, he narrowly missed making the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1,500, placing fifth at the U.S.Olympic Trials.

After a couple up and down years caused by injuries, he reunited with his college coach Jason Vigilante, got healthy and in 2015 he began burning up the track again.

In 2015, he won the 1,000 at the US. Indoor Nationals, anchored the US 4×800 relay team that struck gold at the World Relays and placed second in breathtaking fashion in the 1500 at the U.S. Outdoor Championships as he blasted his way from ninth place to second over the final 120 meters.

Since his time of 3:36.75 didn’t meet the standard to make the U.S. World Championship team, he headed to Portland a few days later and met the standard with a winning time of 3:35.82 at the Portland Twilight Meet to secure a spot on the U,S, World Championship team.

Then in 2016 he fulfilled his dream of making the U.S. Olympic team when he kicked his way into second place late in the race at the U.S. Olympic Trials. At the Olympic Games in Rio he advanced to the semifinal round.

In 2017 he scored a monumental victory at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships, when he outkicked 2016 Olympic gold medalist Matt Centrowitz to win the 1,500.

In addition to his 800 PR of 1:44.71, he’s also owns PR’s of 3:34.78 for 1500 and 3:53.16 for the mile.

SHAVON GREAVES, LAKEWOOD

Shavon was one of the most electrifying sprinters in state history.

During her track career at Lakewood High, she broke several records, won 10 county titles, eight conference titles, and two Meet of Champions titles, and made state history.

She won the 100 and 200 four straight years at the Ocean County Championships, and she holds the all-time Ocean County records in the 100, 200, 400, and the Shore Conference record in the 100, and won two Meet of Champions titles in her career- the 55 dash in 2005 in 7.20 and the 200 outdoors in the 2007 in 23.89

In 2007, she had one of the greatest season in state history when she ran 11.61 in the 100, 23.69 in the 200 and 54,73 in the 400 to become the first girl in state history to ever run under 55 in the 400, under 24 in the 200 and under 12.0 in the 100

After graduating from Lakewood in 2007, she went to become one of the greatest sprinters at Penn State.

As a member of the Nittany Lions, she was a 14-Time Big Ten Champion and nine-time All-American.

She ran an NCAA leading and meet record 22.98 in the 2010 to win the Big Ten indoor title and lead Penn State to the team championship, and placed third in the 200 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor  Championships.

She was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year (across all sports) three times (2009, 2010 and 2011) and was the Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008.

She still holds the Penn State record in the 60 dash of 7.24, is No. 3 all-time indoors in the 200 with her 22.98, and No. 4 all-time in the 400 indoors with a 53.14. Outdoors, she’s No. 2 all-time in the 100 at 11.27, No. 3 in the 200 with a 22.07, and No. 10 in the 400 with a 54.15.

Emmanuel Mayers, Lakewood

Emmanuel is the best all-round stars in Shore Conference history and one of the best 400 hurdlers in state history.

During his days at Lakewood High School he a force to be reckon with in both hurdle races, the sprints, and the jumps.

On the local level, he won six county titles, three conference championships, ran a meet record 7.47 in the 55 hurdles at the Shore Conference Championships, and set the meet record in the triple jump at the Shore Conference Championships with a 45-10 ¼.

In 2007, he won 400 hurdles at the Penn Relays, both hurdle races and the triple jump at both the Ocean County and Shore Conference Championships.

Then at the Meet of Champions that year, he ran 52.44 to become just the fourth boy in state history to repeat as the winner in the 400 hurdles, placed third in the 110 hurdles in 14.09, and he finished eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 45-6 ¾.

He concluded his career with a personal best of 51.98 in the 400 hurdles, which still stands as the Shore Conference and was No. 13 in state history at the time, and a PR of 14.01 in the high hurdles, one of the fastest in Ocean County history.

After graduating from Lakewood in 2007, he went on to star at Mississippi State University where he turned in several eye popping performances.

His finished his college career ranked No. 2 all-time in Mississippi State history in the 400 hurdles with a 49.65, No. 6 in the 110 hurdles with a  14.02, No. 14 in the 800 at 1:53.91, No. 15 in the 400 with a 46.74, and he ran on the 4×400 team that went 3:02.16, No. 4 in school history.

He has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at several international meets, including the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships where he won the 400 hurdles in a personal best 49.72.