Article by Jim Lambert and Robert Kellert
Here we go Outdoors 2019! Saturday is upon us already and it marks the biggest day of the young season so far with week 1 in full swing. Keep it on NJ MileSplit for full results, highlights, media coverage, and more.
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Results and Coverage
These won't be full recaps, just quick notes and observations. If full recaps are written for a meet it will be linked here.
Really solid early season marks from Claudine Smith of Atlantic City. The indoor Meet of Champions 55m hurdles winner posted a 14.83 in the 100m hurdles and a 38-0.5 in the triple jump she also won the long jump at 17-01.
Ryan Lindrud of Ridge led the boys 800m with a 1:56.17, his teammates made it a 1-2-3 finish. Sophomore Katherine Loew of Hunterdon Central won the girls 800m at 2:31.63. The 4x800m wins went to the St. Dominic Academy girls at 10:10.30 and Ridge boys with an 8:21.87.
Connor Mathis of Don Bosco opened with am NJ#1 59-06 in the shot and followed that up with a 160-05 in the discus, only behind Matt Lange's 167-0 bring in a win for NV Demarest. The girls Discus saw Tenafly's Angelina Tapia of Tenafly hit 122-03 and the shot was led by Jada Sewell's 37-06.5 for NV Demarest, both these girls juniors.
300m hurdles showdown and impressive NJ performances abound at the Arcadia Invite.
The CBA throwing crew put on quite a show in South Carolina.
Eros Bottino broke the CBA Junior Class record when he placed second in the discus with a throw of 162-4 ¾, which is NJ#3 and Penn Relays qualifying mark. Bottino is now No. 6 all-time in school history. The CBA school record in the discus is 183-10, set in 2015 by current Michigan star Andrew Liskowitz.
The Colts took 1-2 in the javelin with Chris Arias first at 150-8 ¼ and Andre Terrone second with a 150-7 ½. In the shot put, Nick Morse was second for CBA with a a NJ#2 55-5, his third best throw ever, and Bottino was fifth with a 48-2 ¾.
Eastern ran some of the fastest times in state history and won six events on the track.
Manchester won the girls title 130-108 over runner-up Science Park, and outscored Parsippany, 114-76 for the boys championship. In Division 2, East Orange defeated runner-up North Bergen, 93-79, for the boys title, and West Orange outpointed Montclair, 93-80, for the girls team title.
Bell, a senior, struck gold three times. He grabbed the state lead in the boys high jump by clearing 6-7, just off his PR of 6-8 that he cleared this past indoor season, soared a meet best 21-9 in the long jump, and ran on the winning 1000m SMR.
The East Orange boys ran a NJ#1 42.87 in the 4x100.
One of the biggest highlights came in the boys shuttle hurdles when Urijah Williams, Tyler Antoine, Adrian-Paul Morgan, and Jahari Mitchell combined to finish first for St. Benedict's in a NJ#1 1:01.54.
On the girls side, Point Pleasant Boro edged Glen Rock, 102-94, for the Division 1 title, and Rancocas Valley defeated Hunterdon Central, 94-56, in the Division 2 competition.
There were four NJ#1 performances in the meet - the Freehold Township boys 4x400 (3:25.28), Jennifer Pasram of Old Bridge (11-0 in the pole vault), Bryanna Wilson of Howell in the shot put (41-4), and the Point Pleasant Boro boys in the 4x1,600 (18:40.19).
Elizabeth racked up 108 points to runaway with the boys title by 48 points over runner-up Holmdel, and the Matawan girls outscored runner-up Rumson, 65-0 3/4-57.
On the girls side, Nonnenberg, a junior, won the discus with a NJ#1 130-7, a PR by nearly four feet, and Holmdel ran a NJ#1 2:20.27 in the 1000m SMR.
Memorial WNY boys threw down a 10:35 DMR time. Belleville boys led the SMR with a 3:41.40h and Lyndhurst won the SMR with a 4:24.70.
What a day at Summit from Meghan O'Malley! The Randolph senior led the long jump and high jump with 16-11 and 5-4, split a 14.3 in the winning shuttle, and anchored 59.4 to bring home a 4:08 4x4 win.
Jade Pope split 57.6 on the anchor to bring Pennsauken across first in the girls 800 SMR in a NJ#1 1:50.30, and Thomas Hampton of Clayton won the 100m in a NJ#1 10.97, and ran on the winning 4x100 (43.12).
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