A few teams from New Jersey traveled all the way to California this weekend to compete at the Arcadia Invitational and they didn't waste the trip.
Passaic's Luis Peralta won the open division of the boys mile run with a quick time of 4:16.62! That is his fastest mile and well ahead of his 1600m PR of 4:22.90. The junior mid-distance star is coming off a great indoor season in the 800m where he won the indoor Meet of Champions before finishing third at New Balance Nationals Indoor running 1:51.74. At Arcadia he doubled back that same day to run 1:59.72 in the 800m, his outdoor PR is 1:53.09.
Ridgewood's relays had a great meet as a whole with the girls running THREE state leading times! A 1:04.53 in the shuttle, 9:25.26 for the 4x800m, and 12:17.53 for the distance medley relay. On the boys side they posted a 10:35.69 NJ#2 in the DMR and a 3:34.25 NJ#1 in the sprint medley relay. What a meet for Ridgewood!
We saw four top ten New Jersey triple jump marks at this invitational. The girls were led by Samantha Lopes of Wallkill Valley who cleared 36-11.5 NJ#2, Gianna Macones of Sparta, 36-10 NJ#3, and Lauren Stern of Mahwah, 36-05 NJ#7, behind her. Stern also ran NJ#3 in the 100m hurdles with a 15.38 at this meet as well. In the boys triple Ridgewood's Max Bartlik measured to 43-2.5 NJ#8.
Christian Brothers Academy junior Tim McInerney had a very strong early season meet running 9:32.34 for the 3200m and then 1:55.95 in the 800m. That 800 time is only a second off his best of 1:54.92 which was run for a State Non-Public A Group title in June of 2017.
After cutting back her race appearances this past indoor season, state champion Alyssa Aldridge of Mainland Regional ran the earliest 3200m we've seen in her high school career with a state leading 10:58.46.