Whippany Park's Maria Grill (#4) and Hanover Park's Kimora Johnson (#5) battle for a close points race in the 200m.
Initially after Saturday's conclusion of the meet it appeared that Hanover had won a hard fought battle over Whippany by two points, 87 to 85. On Sunday that changed when New Jersey's great track and field community shined once again. According to the NJSIAA the Hanover Park Coach, Bill DiMauro, contacted them about a statistical error that had given his team the close win.
Kelly Pierson had been scored third for Hanover Park in the shot put throwing 33-09.5 when in actuality she threw a 33-00.5 for fourth, bumping up Felicia Johnson of Science Park to third with a mark of 33-07. This effectively erased the lead and made both teams co-champions.
The final revised North 2 Group 2 Girls Shot Put Results
1 Gurth, Amanda 11 Parsippany H 39-01.25 10 2 Watson, Des'Ree 12 Lodi HS 34-11.00 8 3 Johnson, Felicia 11 Science Park 33-07.00 6 4 Pierson, Kelly 12 Hanover Park 33-09.50 4 5 Brake, Zarria 12 West Side HS 32-09.50 2 6 Lombardi, Arianna 11 Lyndhurst HS 32-08.25 1
Both of these squads have a strong history of success at this state meet. This is Hanover Park's eighth title and first since 2008, for Whippany Park they earned their fifth Sectional title and third in the past four years.
Hanover Park saw two gold medals over the weekend, Victoria Agaliotis cleared 9-09 to win the pole vault and their 4x800m team ran 10:17.67 for the victory. Grace Reynolds did work in the distance events finishing second in both the 1600m, 5:20.98, and 3200m, 11:57.78, as well as third in the 800m, 2:25.61. Kimora Johnson was third in the 200m, 26.99, and fourth in the 100m dash at 12.69.
Whippany Park had a strong meet from senior Maria Grill who won both the 200m, 26.02, and 400m, 59.24, while also placing second in the 100m dash, 12.58. In the field Gwyneth Gaynor won the triple jump, 35-02, and finished second in the long jump at 16-08.75. Both marks were personal bests for the senior. Sophomore Hannah Lorenzana cleared 5-0 for second in the high jump and Shannon Ziccarello threw 121-11 to win the javelin.
Final Team Scores North 2 Group 2 Girls
1) Hanover Park HS 85 2) Whippany Park HS 85 3) Lyndhurst HS 48.50 4) Ridgefield Park HS 44 5) Parsippany HS 43 6) West Side HS 37 6) Parsippany Hills HS 37 8) Mountain Lakes HS 30 9) Rutherford HS 29 10) Madison HS 26.50 11) Fort Lee HS 26 12) Lodi HS 22 13) Science Park HS 17 14) Caldwell HS 15 15) Elmwood Park HS 6 16) Garfield HS 4 17) Hackettstown HS 2 18) Lenape Valley HS 1