What a meet at Metuchen on Saturday! It was filled with impressive performances, not only for opening day but for season long marks.
Before the sun came out the start of the meet had some cloudy, wet, cool weather which was great for the 5K and we definitely saw some hot times there. One of the biggest performances of the day was Alexa Westley's 17:01.82 run in the 5K, despite how early we are in the spring this was already faster than her previous PR of 17:03 which earned a third place All-American finish at New Balance Nationals Outdoor last spring. Claire Chapeau of McNair Academic second at 18:13.
While the early morning weather was perfect for the distance race, it was less than optimal for the 400m hurdles but that didn't stop Liam O'Hara of Christian Brothers Academy who hit a major PR of 54.85 to lead the event and the state through week 1. His teammate Rafael Coppola won the 400m dash as well running 51.25 NJ#1.
Another early season mark that really impressed was put forth by Bridgewater-Raritan freshman Marco Langon who won the 1600m with a 4:21.71. Langon is coming off a Freshman Mile win at New Balance Nationals Indoor, a performance that convinced him that track is where he belongs and was enough to switch from lacrosse to running in the spring.
While we are only a week in there were quite a few NJ#1 performances.
Including those mentioned above. Jaheem Hayles of Roselle won the 110 meter hurdles with a 14.59. The boys 5K went to Bridgewater Raritan's Foster Boone. In the boys field Chris Salkowski of Watchung Hills won the javelin at 175-04, Michael Whitehead of Colts Neck the triple jump with 43-11. Hamilton West leads the 4x200m at 1:30.47, they also sit NJ#2 in the 4x100m with their 42.95 victory.
Other winners and notables: Uchenna Duru of Union Catholic led both the boys shot put and discus with marks of 52-11.75 and 153-02, Adonis McGee of St. Peter's Prep won the high jump clearing 6-02 and his teammates won the DMR at 10:41.12, Rahway won the 800m SMR with a 1:35.82, the Sayreville boys took home gold in the 4x400m with 3:29.17 and 1600m SMR at 3:37.23, Juwon Jackson took home the long jump at 21-01.5.
Metuchen swept the 4x800m on their home turf winning the boys race with a 8:28.11 and the girls 9:35.62.
Girls winners not mentioned as of yet, Piscataway won the 4x100m and 4x200m at 49.80 and 1:43.80, Alexus Smith of Rahway led the 100H with a 15.21, Kailah Turner the discus at 105-09, and their teammates also won the 800m SMR 1:51.41, Watchung Hills found gold in the 4x400m running 4:08.94 and Mahogany Jenkins led both the long jump and triple jump at 17-06 and 36-03, the DMR was won by Voorhees at 13:09.22, Adelaide Asante of North Brunswick the 400H at 1:07.22, Sayreville's Adijah Simmon led the javelin at 109-10 and Samantha Kamara the shot put at 35-05.5.
Plenty of great stuff from Metuchen Relays, check out all the National Elite Standard performances below.
National Elite Performances
39 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.
|400 Meter Dash Finals||56.85||Kaira Brown||Kent Place School|
|4x800 Meter Relay Finals||9:35.62||Relay Team||Metuchen HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||17:01.82||Alexa Westley||Warren Hills HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||18:13.68||Claire Chapeau||McNair Academic HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||18:52.65||Yashika Chidirala||South Brunswick HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||19:09.65||Lia Acosta||Bishop Ahr HS|
|High Jump Finals||5-4||Carly Tarentino||A. L. Johnson HS|
|Long Jump Finals||17-6||Mahogany Jenkins||Watchung Hills Reg. HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:18.48||Relay Team||Piscataway Twp HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:19.75||Relay Team||Mount Olive HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:24.45||Relay Team||Voorhees HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:27.44||Relay Team||North Brunswick HS|
|800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals||1:51.41||Relay Team||Rahway HS|
|Triple Jump Finals||36-3||Mahogany Jenkins||Watchung Hills Reg. HS|
|110 Meter Hurdles Finals||14.59||Jaheem Hayles||Roselle - Abraham Clark HS|
|110 Meter Hurdles Finals||14.67||Ola Akande||Rahway HS|
|1600 Meter Run Finals||4:21.71||Marco Langon||Bridgewater-Raritan HS|
|1600 Meter Run Finals||4:24.90||Joseph Cranley||Highland Park HS|
|400 Meter Hurdles Finals||54.85||Liam O'Hara||Christian Brothers Academy|
|400 Meter Hurdles Finals||55.53||Kyle Reers||Delaware Valley HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||15:51.03||Foster Boone||Bridgewater-Raritan HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||15:52.95||Vidhur Polam||South Brunswick HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||15:59.08||Ryan Smith||North Plainfield HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||15:59.38||TJ Harkins||Immaculata HS|
|5000 Meter Run Finals||15:59.43||Sameer Mustaqali||South Brunswick HS|
|Discus Finals||153-2||Uchenna Duru||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|Distance Medley Relay Finals||10:41.12||Relay Team||St. Peter's Prep|
|Javelin Finals||175-4||Chris Salkowski||Watchung Hills Reg. HS|
|Shot Put Finals||52-11.75||Uchenna Duru||Union Catholic Reg. HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:37.23||Relay Team||Sayreville HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:39.96||Relay Team||Mount Olive HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:40.33||Relay Team||Piscataway Twp HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:43.55||Relay Team||Freehold Boro HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:44.54||Relay Team||St. Peter's Prep|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:44.81||Relay Team||Warren Hills HS|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||3:44.85||Relay Team||South Brunswick HS|
|800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals||1:35.82||Relay Team||Rahway HS|
|800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals||1:38.16||Relay Team||Hillside HS|
|800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals||1:39.23||Relay Team||Mount Olive HS|