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Union Catholic Wins 4x4 - Sydney McLaughlin's Monster Anchor Leg Feb 26, 2017

Full Results | Photos | InterviewsOn Sunday at the Girls NJSIAA Meet of Champions Union Catholic found themselves trailing by a large margin late in the 4x400 meter, an event which Union Catholic has won at this competition the past two years. That's when it comes in handy to have an Olympian anchoring your relay, as seen in the video above Sydney McLaughlin took the baton behind with a lot of ground to make up in second. It wasn't until heading into the final turn that she made contact with first place and powered forward from there to seal the victory. In the end McLaughlin threw down a magnificent 51.8 split and helped the team secure a NJ#1 US#7 time of 3:50.82. The squad consisted of two freshmen and two seniors: Leena Morant FR 59.3, Cassandra Lamadieu SR 59.3, Felicia Quainoo FR 60.0, and Sydney McLaughlin SR 51.8. She also competed in the open 400 meter earlier this meet running a new John Bennett Indoor Complex facility record and meet record of 53.17 US#1, and that is on a flat track. This is a great sign for McLaughlin's upcoming Nationals run, she already holds the national record at 51.84.Girls 4x400 Meter Relay Top 8 ============================================================================ School Seed Finals H# ============================================================================ Finals 1 Union Catholic Reg. HS 'A' 3:55.26 3:50.82 7 1) 1284 Morant, Leena 9 2) 1286 Quainoo, Felicia 9 3) 1279 Lamadieu, Cassandra 12 4) 1283 McLaughlin, Sydney 12 2 Winslow Twp HS 'A' 3:57.53 3:51.49 7 1) 2505 Williams, Iyianna 12 2) 1346 Ahiarakwe, Flora 11 3) 1348 Hammond, Janeya 9 4) 1347 Dancy, Shakira 11 3 Rancocas Valley Reg HS 'A' 3:58.11 3:56.92 7 1) 1106 Taylor, Aliyah 11 2) 1101 Minus-Vincent, Darynn 10 3) 1102 Nance, Sydne 12 4) 1103 Nuss, Shauna 10 4 West Essex 'A' 3:59.19 4:00.29 7 1) 1314 Blum, Hailey 12 2) 1319 Richards, Reanda 11 3) 1317 Karch, Gabriela 11 4) 1318 Perez, Alexia 11 5 Rumson-Fair Haven HS 'A' 4:04.79 4:01.38 6 1) 1166 Orr, Lily 9 2) 1163 MacGillis, Kaitlyn 11 3) 1160 Devlin, Campbell 10 4) 1162 Hofferber, Grace 12 6 Northern Highlands Reg. HS 'A' 4:03.59 4:01.75 6 1) 1000 Florio, Olivia 12 2) 1001 Healy, Elizabeth 10 3) 1007 Smiechowski, Grace 9 4) 1004 Krawczyk, Kyla 9 7 Lenape Reg. HS 'A' 4:02.31 4:01.91 7 1) 903 Duffield, Dana 12 2) 906 Lambert, Shannon 12 3) 910 Whetstone, Shelby 10 4) 908 Quimby, Megan 12 8 Timber Creek 'A' 4:02.84 4:02.01 6 1) 1254 Starnes, Adia 12 2) 1251 Hooker, Tierra 9 3) 1255 Starnes, Kai 12 4) 1253 Sovae-Beattie, Cheyenne 12

Boys NJSIAA Meet of Champions Preview Feb 23, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Boys Meet of Champions preview, in this article we will take a quick look at the top names heading into the final state meet. 

Malual Mu of Trenton Central Wins 1600m 4:19.88 Feb 25, 2017

Full Results | Photos | InterviewsA big time win for the junior Malual Mu from Trenton Central, one that only came to fruition thanks to a ferocious last lap kick to overcome Colin Trigani of CBA who was leading at the time. Mu crossed the line with a 4:19.88, Billy Hill of Franklin made a move for second at 4:20.37 and CBA's Colin Trigani and Noah Yuro finished third and fourth at 4:20.53 and 4:20.73. Mu came into the Meet of Champions as the first overall seed thanks to his NJ#1 time of 4:16.03 at the Group 4 Championships last weekend, watch that race here. However this was a very strong field to try and plan for and Mu found out early that he'd have to adjust to the flow of the race, leading to that eventual exciting come from behind finish.This wasn't his first rodeo either, as a sophomore in 2016 he finished 10th at the Meet of Champions running 4:21.53, and now will return in 2018 to defend his title.At nationals he plans on helping his team in the sprint medley relay, then to come back the next day and compete in the championship mile event. 1600 Meter Run Results 1Malual Mu11Trenton Central HS4:19.8822Billy Hill12Franklin Twp. HS4:20.3723Colin Trigani12Christian Brothers Academy4:20.5324Noah Yuro12Christian Brothers Academy4:20.7325Elliot Gindi12Ocean Twp. HS4:22.1526Louis DiLaurenzio11Raritan HS4:23.1927Eric Clay12Morristown HS4:23.3128Matthew Meusel11Westfield HS4:23.3929Derek Gess10Haddonfield Mem. HS4:23.83210Mark Miller12Shawnee HS4:23.95211Colin Logsdon11Chatham HS4:26.35212Luke Johnson9West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS4:26.39113George Tenenberg11Delsea Reg. HS4:27.24114Caleb Shaia12Bergen Catholic HS4:28.24215Nicholas Ackerman11Freehold Twp HS4:29.15216Tom Holster12Indian Hills HS4:29.64217Patrick Mulligan11Haddon Twp HS4:30.92118Tommy Moxham12Notre Dame HS4:32.80119Jeffrey Stewart11Jackson Memorial HS4:33.03120Steven Fiumefreddo11Indian Hills HS4:34.15121Andrew Massaro10Bishop Eustace Prep4:34.17122Evan Minor12Voorhees HS4:35.77123Matt D'Auria11Ocean Twp. HS4:35.85124Joe Wells12South Amboy HS4:36.43125Bobby Hastie12Robbinsville HS4:39.15126Billy Byrne12Ridgewood HS4:43.00227Justin Vidal11Mater Dei Prep4:48.59128Mark Pasquariello12New Providence HS4:59.12129Rohan Bendre12Newark Academy5:05.061

Rey Rivera Wins 800m 1:52.18 US#4 Feb 25, 2017

Full Results | Photos | InterviewsRey Rivera crossed the line a full two seconds ahead of the field at 1:52.18 US#4 on Saturday to win his second straight 800 meter Meet of Champions title. He now has four of those championships between indoor and outdoors. Rivera entered the race with the meet record in mind, a 1:51.72 by Issac Clark of Pleasantville in 2013, and despite falling just short of that mark he is now ranked fourth all-time at the John Bennett track. With this solid performance, an indoor PR, Rivera has some great momentum coming off this performance heading into Easterns and Nationals these upcoming weeks. Also in this race, Haig Rickerby of McNair Academic capped off his own great state season, now NJ#2 this season with a 1:54.45. 800 Meter Results 1Rey Rivera12Old Bridge HS1:52.1832Haig Rickerby12McNair Academic HS1:54.4533Eric Barnes12Egg Harbor Twp HS1:56.4334Kevin Heredia11Clifton HS1:56.4425Jalen Jones11Burlington Twp. HS1:56.4626Will Phinney12Ridge HS1:57.0837Billy Hill12Franklin Twp. HS1:57.6938Atharv Kulkarni11West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS1:57.7429Charles Maree12Marlboro HS1:58.13110Thomas Perretta12Pope John XXIII HS1:58.14311Jacob Tyndale11Rancocas Valley Reg HS1:58.45212Greg Gibbs12Union Catholic Reg. HS1:58.52213Kevin Fox12Moorestown HS1:59.09314Gunnar Pearson12Barnegat Twp. HS1:59.53215Aaron Cooper12Willingboro HS1:59.85116Aiden Lewis12North Brunswick HS1:59.93317Sawyer Tadano12Madison HS1:59.98218Srithanay Parvataneni11Holmdel HS2:00.23219Branden Roach12Union Catholic Reg. HS2:00.30120Corey McGhie12Rahway HS2:01.06321Marcus Hardy10McNair Academic HS2:01.32222Patrick Weiss12Vernon Twp HS2:01.47123Damien Dilcher11Brick Twp HS2:02.19324Jun Omiya11Don Bosco Prep2:02.73125Drake Anzano12Christian Brothers Academy2:03.15226Aidin Hendriks12Egg Harbor Twp HS2:03.50327Connor Secora12Bergen Catholic HS2:04.21128Eric Velasquez12A. L. Johnson HS2:04.36129Josh Munoz11Northern Valley HS - Demarest2:04.58230Sean May10Bishop Eustace Prep2:05.26131Ben Vasquez11Pingry School2:07.80132Drew Reilly12St. Rose HS2:08.36133Sean Wang12Pingry School2:09.11134Ryan Downey12Whippany Park HS2:09.67235Colin Hall11Mendham HS2:10.331

Hopewell Valley Wins 4x800 Showcase 8:02.72 Feb 25, 2017

Full Results | Photos | InterviewsTwo of the top three 4x800 meter relay teams in the country went to battle on the track today in Toms River, NJ. This time round the Hopewell Valley boys emerged victorious with a time of 8:02.72. Morris Hills crossed the line second at 8:03.50 and Christian Brothers Academy ran a season best time of 8:06.16 NJ#8.The Hopewell Valley squad of Will Titus 2:02.5, Teddy Meredith 1:59.4, Tim Dolan 2:04.1, and Sean Dolan 1:56.9 ran their way to a venue record at the John Bennett Indoor Complex. Their time of 8:02.72 out performing the previous standard of 8:03.15 held by Morris Hills since last season. They stated this has been an event they've concentrated on all season and that hard work is paying off.  The even more promising part of this successful crew is that they will all return next year, a mix of only sophomores and juniors. 4x800 Meter Results 1 Hopewell Valley HS 'A' 8:02.72 2 2 Morris Hills HS 'A' 8:03.50 2 3 Christian Brothers Academy 'A' 8:06.16 2 4 Bergen Catholic HS 'A' 8:08.19 2 5 Ridge HS 'A' 8:08.94 2 6 Hillsborough HS 'A' 8:11.39 2 7 Middletown North HS 'A' 8:11.87 1 8 Westfield HS 'A' 8:13.64 1 9 Princeton HS 'A' 8:13.93 1 10 Pope John Xxiii HS 'A' 8:14.38 1 11 Metuchen HS 'A' 8:14.65 1 12 Freehold Twp HS 'A' 8:14.96 2 13 Summit HS 'A' 8:15.48 2 14 Highland Reg HS 'A' 8:16.52 1 15 Clifton HS 'A' 8:18.28 1 16 Kingsway HS 'A' 8:20.34 1 17 Ridgewood HS 'A' 8:21.69 1 18 St. Joseph HS (Metuchen) 'A' 8:24.65 2 19 Union Catholic Reg. HS 'A' 8:28.01 2 20 North Hunterdon HS 'A' 8:31.86 1 21 Shore Reg. HS 'A' 8:32.59 1 22 Whippany Park HS 'A' 8:35.40 1 23 Rahway HS 'A' 8:39.81 2

Semaj Willis of Trenton Central Wins High Jump at 6-10 Feb 25, 2017

Full Results | Photos | InterviewsSemaj Willis of Trenton Central won his first Meet of Champions title on Saturday clearing the 6-10 NJ#1 US#5 bar, a height he's been leading the state with since way back in December. You can watch a highlight of that winning jump followed by his interview above. Willis also finished fourth in the 200 meter showcase running 22.55, the only running event he chose to concentrate on at this meet. He was the top seed coming in for the 400 meter dash, after his exciting 'to the line' finish against Cory Poole when they ran 48.81 and 48.82 at Groups, but decided to save his legs for the high jump. While he didn't get his new PR at this meet he has an eye on that 7-0 height and will have another chance coming at Nationals. New Jersey hasn't had a boy clear 7-0 since Mark Jones of Summit in 2011, he won New Balance Nationals that year with a clearance of 7-0.25. High Jump Results 1Semaj Willis12Trenton Central HS6-10.002Jason Thobourne12J F Kennedy HS - Paterson6-06.003A'Nan Bridgett11West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS6-06.004Ryan Tompkins12Colts Neck HS6-04.005Davensky Joinvilmar11Asbury Park HS6-04.006Andrew Pondiscio12Sparta HS6-04.007Kasso Peaks11Eastern Reg. HS6-04.008Tim Delorenzo12Northern Highlands Reg. HS6-04.009Matthew Rizzi12Watchung Hills Reg. HS6-02.0010Michael DeAngelis12South Plainfield HS6-02.0011Nicholas Malzone12Caldwell HS6-02.0012Jameson Woodell11Hunterdon Central HS6-02.0013Ronniel Johnson12J F Kennedy HS - Paterson6-02.0014Kevin Ezema12Hunterdon Central HS6-02.0015Nicholas Kovaly11Barnegat Twp. HS6-00.0016Samuel Opaleye12Hudson Catholic HS6-00.0017Krishna White11Union Catholic Reg. HS6-00.0018Steven Connelly12West Essex HS6-00.0019Javon Turner12Paramus Catholic HS6-00.0020O'Ryan Turner12Willingboro HS6-00.0021Diomari Gordon10Timber Creek Reg. HS6-00.0022Mark Harland11Butler HS6-00.0023Joseph Del Conte12Egg Harbor Twp HS6-00.0024Danny Young12Montgomery HS6-00.00

Jordan West of Rahway Wins Shot Put 64-00.5 Feb 25, 2017

Full Results | Photos | InterviewsJordan West of Rahway continued his great season and 60+ mark streak Saturday with his 64-00.5 win at the Meet of Champions. This is the 14th straight indoor meet he has had a throw of 60 or more feet and he has gone over that distance the entire 2017 season. His best performance of 65-6, which came during the State Relay Championships in January, ranks third all-time at the John Bennett Complex and currently has him ranked as US#4. This is West's second straight NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions victory. Shot Put Results 1Jordan West12Rahway HS64-00.502Giovanni Gutierrez12Saddle Brook HS59-08.503C.j. Licata11Gill-St. Bernard's School59-06.504John Burk12Parsippany HS57-03.755Joshua Lezin11Lakewood HS57-03.006Ryan Roger12Toms River North HS56-00.007Todd Stueber12Toms River South HS55-11.258Dan Mead11Christian Brothers Academy53-03.759Bill Goldsborough11Delsea Reg. HS52-04.5010Dante Desimone12River Dell HS52-01.0011Samuel Fishbein12Newark Academy51-09.7512Shane Mastro12Mater Dei Prep50-10.5013Mateus Medeiros12Cinnaminson HS50-09.2514Asim Greene11River Dell HS50-09.0015Tarek Elkabbani11Hillsborough HS49-10.5016Jack Zheng12Montville Twp. HS49-07.7517Jake Hankins12Toms River North HS49-07.5018Maurice Johnson12Rancocas Valley Reg HS49-06.0019Donald Small12Matawan Reg. HS49-02.5020William Woltmann11St. Peter's Prep49-01.2521Justin Zhang11East Brunswick HS49-00.0022Matthew Napoleon12Morristown HS48-09.7523Nate Raphan11Rumson-Fair Haven HS48-08.7524Jon Vega12Hammonton HS48-05.0025Wakeem Brooks12Elizabeth HS48-00.5026Izuchukwu Mozie12Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS47-07.2527Sayvon Jarrett12South Brunswick HS47-04.2528Kyle Patel11Glen Rock HS45-08.2529Colin O'Hara12Red Bank Catholic HS45-07.0030Avery Ransome12Penns Grove HS45-06.2531Brendan Loftus10Red Bank Reg. HS44-11.5032Alejandro Valdez11Bridgeton HS44-00.7533Luiz Reis11Seton Hall Prep43-04.5034James Caprio12Seton Hall Prep43-03.2535Garrett Jordan12St. Rose HS42-09.5036Alain Diaz12Dunellen HS42-00.5037Jaquan Solomon12Woodbury HS42-00.5038Montel Johnson12Bishop Eustace Prep39-09.50

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