Several athletes and teams from New Jersey produced eye-popping performances at the New Balance Games on Saturday at the 168th Street Armory in New York
McGill, a junior, ran a 34.99 last 200 to rally for a dramatic win in a NJ# 5 5:02.17 in the girls mile to earn a spot on the line for the Millrose Games on Feb. 8 at the NY Armory. McGill won by .009 over
Princz, also a junior, blazed a 7.18, just off her season best and NJ#2 7.17 to win the 55 dash to get an automatic invite to Millrose as well.
Moronta, a senior, continued his sizzling season by winning the 500 in a US#5 1:04.89, which is NJ#3 all-time. Jakob Kunzer of Lawrenceville, NJ#1 in the 400 (49.67), was second to Moronta in a NJ#2/US#14 1:05.46.
Moronta is now NJ#1 at three distances!!! He's also NJ#1/US#4 in the 800 in 1:54.89, and NJ#1/US#3 in the 600 1:20.90.
In the girls DMR, Lawrenceville ran a smoking fast US#2 12:09.77 to finish second behind Saratoga Springs of NY, which ran a meet record and US#1 time of 11:59.03. Lawrenceville's splits were 3:45.90 1,200 from Kiera Duff, 59.54 for 400 from Marcia Ojo, 2:27.34 for 800 from Laila Ritter, and sophomore All-American Charlotte Bednar blasted a a 4:56.57 anchor leg.
McNally, a senior, took over the state lead in the long jump with a winning leap of 18-1 1/2, 1/4 of an inch further than NJ#2 Bryanna Craig of Millville, who went 18-1 1/4 at the Marine Corps Classic last month.
On the boys side, Kevelier, who had six jumps over 45, captured the tripe jump with a NJ#2 45-9 3/4. Kevelier, a senior who is competing indoors for the first time this season, trails only Sebasteon Allen of East Orange (45-11) on the NJ list this season. Kevelier's outdoor PR of 47-5 1/4 came from his fifth-place finish at the Meet of Champions last June.
The Pope John boys won the shuttle hurdles in 33.39, and Pascack Valley, which received a 1:57.95 anchor from Andrew Martinez, won the boys sprint medley in a NJ#2 3:38.41.