42nd Annual Woodbury Relays

WR_parking_garage_shot_web_300wThe 42nd Annual Woodbury Relays are now in the history books. You can find the results in the yellow box to the right. Stay tuned to our facebook page as well for more great photos.

Join us for another exciting year of racing, jumping and throwing as the 42nd Annual Woodbury Relays Track and Field Carnival take place April 17 & 19, 2014. Junior High Relays begin at 3:30 pm Thursday April 17. High School championships kick off Saturday morning, April 19, 9:00 am.

Intense competition led to many new records last year, with the Relays living up to their reputation as “Truly a Spectators Event.” This year will be just as exciting so come out and cheer on your favorite team!

Call for Volunteers!

Call for VolunteersNew Jersey’s largest track & field event!

For more than four decades the Woodbury Relays has been South Jersey’s premier Track and Field carnival. More than 6,000 athletes, coaches and spectators visit Woodbury to see teams compete for Woodbury Relays gold watches. Join more than 40 local businesses and organizations in supporting the Relays by becoming a Woodbury Relays volunteer.

Volunteers needed for Planning and Promotions, On-Field Events and Concessions.

  • Parking of the busses
  • Assisiting the arrival of the teams
  • Distribution of the medals
  • Pole vault team
  • High Jump pit raking
  • Assist with field events

Contact: John Carter, jcarter@wyanokegroup.com, 609-876-9041 or Terry Dennen, wdennen@aimino-dennen.com.

Spread the word: Print a Woodbury Relays Volunteer Poster.

Name that Olympian

We know of seven Olympians who have competed at Woodbury High School’s Parker McKee Stadium over the years but rumor has it that there is one that we haven’t identified. This missing Olympian might have ran for one of the Caribbean countries. If you have any idea, please email us at rrcwoodbury@gmail.com.

Olympians who have competed at Woodbury High School’s Parker McKee Stadium.

  1. Browning Ross, Woodbury, USA, 1948, 1952.
  2. Carl Lewis, Willingboro, USA, 1980 (Moscow, USA boycotted), 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 (10 medals, 9 Gold).
  3. Carol Lewis, Willingboro, USA, 1980 (Moscow, USA boycotted), 1984, 1988).
  4. Dennis Mitchell, Edgewood, USA, 1988, 1992 (Gold 4×100), 1996.
  5. Jack Pierce, Woodbury, USA, 1992 (Bronze High Hurdles).
  6. Lamont Smith, Willingboro, USA, 1996 (Gold 4×400).
  7. Erin Donohue, Haddonfield, USA, 2008, 2012.
  8. ????

UPDATE: We have our answer from Woodbury Relays meet director Jim Mohan. Nadia Davy ran for Bridgeton HS and also for Jamaica in the 2004 Olympics at Athens. She ran the third leg of their 1600 Meter Relay Team and won a Bronze Medal.

2013 Announcers

The 41st Annual Woodbury Relays will have a different sound this year. In 2012, John Vogeding was the man at the microphone, the “Voice of the Woodbury Relays.” Vogeding passed away last year, but not before earning the distinction of being the only person to participate in all 40 years of the Relays. Naming Vogeding’s replacement was no small feat. “Voge will be missed,” Meet Director Jim Mohan said. “But we’ve selected the tandem of Fred Swartz to handle announcements and Reuben Frank to add play-by-play.”

Fred Swartz has announced Gloucester County College athletic events for the last ten years and calls soccer, baseball and softball games for Rowan University. Track and Field fans have heard Swartz at Olympic and Burlington County Championship meets and the NJSIAA South Sectional Cross Country Championships. Later this Spring he will announce the 2013 State Outdoor Group Track and Field Championships.

Reuben Frank is a veteran Philadelphia area sports journalist. Frank has worked for the Burlington County Times, Sports Illustrated, Comcast and CSN Sports and co-authored books with Sal Paolantonio and Mark Eckel. As a WIP Sports Radio host, he knows his way around a mic. Perhaps most germane to the Relays, he is the 2003 Jesse Abramson Award winner for lifetime service to the Penn Relays. More info on Reuben Frank.

41st Annual Woodbury Relays

2013 Woodbury Relays

The 41st Annual Woodbury Relays are now in the history books. You can find the results in the yellow box to the right. Stay tuned to our facebook page as well for more great photos.

Join us for another exciting year of racing, jumping and throwing as the 41st Annual Woodbury Relays Track and Field Carnival take place April 19-20, 2013. Junior High Relays begin at 3:30 pm Friday, April 19. High School championships kick off Saturday morning, April 20, 9:00 am.

Last year’s competition was intense, with the Relays living up to their reputation as “Truly a Spectators Event.” In all, more than 20 meet records fell. The year’s highlight came early as Woodbury’s Anthony Averett won the long jump with a leap of 25’ 2.5”, second longest in New Jersey State history.

2013 Woodbury Relays Dedicated to Olympian Erin Donohue

Erin DonohueErin Donohue’s running career has taken her from Haddonfield High School to the University of North Carolina to the Olympics and the Track & Field World Championships. Along the way she picked up her gold watch and left her mark on the Woodbury Relays. Donohue anchored Haddonfield to a Group I Girls meet record in the 3200m relay in 1998, a mark that still stands. She was a three time winner of the Woodbury Relays Most Valuable Girls Athlete Award.

Donohue ran career personal bests of 1:59.99 for 800m and 4:03:49 for 1500m. She was member of the U.S. 2008 Beijing Olympic Team, the 2007 Outdoor World Championship Team and the 2010 Indoor World Championship Team.

For her many achievements in women’s track and field at the high school, collegiate and international level, the 2013 Woodbury Relays are dedicated to Erin Donohue. Read more about Donohue’s career and achievements here http://www.njnytc.com/erin-donohue.html and here http://www.usatf.org/Athlete-Bios/Archive-Bios/Erin-Donohue.aspx.

Remembering Coach Vogeding

John VogedingPrior to last year’s celebration of the 40th running of the Woodbury Relays, Bob Shyrock of the then Gloucester Country Times, wrote about John Vogeding’s wish to become the only official to participate in the first 40 Relays. Mr. Vogeding accomplished his goal, serving again in 2012 as the Voice of the Woodbury Relays. Sadly, he passed away shortly thereafter.

Upcoming Announcements

Check back here for announcements of who will succeed Mr. Vogeding at the mic as well as to whom the 41st Consecutive Woodbury Relays will be dedicated. We look forward to seeing you at the Relays, April 19-20, 2013.

Woodbury Relays Trivia Contest

Let’s use Averett’s leap as the “jumping” off point for some Relays trivia. We’ll post the first correct response to each question here. Respond at Facebook.com/WoodburyRelays. NOTE: Answer 1 question per post and only 1 question per post.

Q1: Averett’s 2012 winning jump was second in State history only to another Relays alum of some note. Who was it and for what school did he compete?
Congratulations to Darryl Smith for the correct answer: Carl Lewis – Willingboro.

Q2: Name the 6 Olympians who have raced in Woodbury High School stadium; 5 ran in the Woodbury Relays?
Thanks to Darryl Smith for the right answer: Browning Ross, Jack Pierce, Carl Lewis, Carol Lewis, Dennis Mitchell, Lamont Smith, Erin Donahue.

Q3: Name the only two men who have served as Woodbury Relays Meet Director?
Congrats to Melissa Hall Khalil for the correct answer: The Founder of the Woodbury Relays, Howie Staeger, and current Meet Director, Jim Mohan.