Hey all you track and field junkies out there!!!!
Wasn't Day One of the 77th Union County Relays off the chain!! Still cool to say that?? If not, the meet was lit!!! Is that better??
Anyways, there was so much smoke on the track yesterday that I'm have to hop back on the NJ Track and Field Express and take another trip over to Gary Kehler in Westfield for today's action.
In case you missed anything that happened on Day 1, here is the recap, photos, video highlights etc
There is lots of great stuff on the menu today!!!
A few big things to keep your watch on today.
Look out for The Pete Kane Classic (AKA as the boys 4x1,600). Anyone who knows Pete Kane knows why I've named the race after him. For those that don't know the story behind it, I'd advise not asking him (he won't be happy).
It happened 10 years ago today!!! It was one of the most bizarre and controversial moments in meet history. Read about the infamous re-run of the boys 4x1600 right here .
Look out for the Minutemen in the boys 4x400 today!!!
Elizabeth wants to take over the state lead in the 4x400, and I have a strong feeling that it will happen.
Rancocas Valley is on top right now with a 3:22.65, but Elizabeth (NJ#2 at 3:22.72) has the guns to make a run at sub 3:20!!!!
Also keep an eye out for the Union girls in the 4x200!
After they blasted a sub 48 to take over the state lead in the 4x100 yesterday, the girls said they are going under 1:40 today!! Look out for the Farmers!! They are coming into this locked and loaded, and will have to run fast to beat a stacked field that includes NJ#1 Scotch Plains-Fanwood, who ran 1:42.88 at the Blue Devil Classic last Saturday.
There is also a good chance that the girls 4x400 meet record goes down!!!
Scotch Plains-Fanwood owns the state's top time of 3:49.80, so the record of 3:51.48 by UC in 2017 couldbe toast. SPF could make a run at sub 3:49 or faster!!!
The team picture looks like this -
The Union Catholic girls are in control with a 58-40 lead over SPF, and seem headed for a sixth straight title. It would take a monumental effort for anyone to knock them off.
On the boys side it's shaping up to be a great battle to the end between Elizabeth and Westfield. Westfield, which picked up wins in the SMR and the, leads with 48 points. Elizabeth, who won the 4x100 and grabbed second in the SMR, has 41.33 points.
The action starts up today with the shuttle hurdles at 4:30 p.m.
For those that can't make it to the track, have no fear, I am here.
Updates will be down below as usual, so keep refreshing and checking back for the latest.
Good luck to everyone, competing.
GET UR UNION COUNTY BATONS ON!!!
7:30 pm One more thing that I have to add here before I go. Do you want to know what the best thing is that happened at this meet???
It's something that almost no one saw because it took place after the meet when the entire Elizabeth team went over and congratulated Westfield while the Blue Devils were celebrating their victory. That's such a great move by the Minutemen!!
Shout out to Elizabeth coach Austin Holman for running such a classy program. The culture he's developed as both the Elizabeth track and field coach and the football coach at Scotch Plains-Fanwood should be a blueprint for every high school coach. Holman coaches his athletes to be winners on and off the track and football field!!!
7:20 pm Video highlights, photos and a recap will be coming at you tonight, so check back for that.
7:15 p.m. WHAT A MEET!!!! CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO COMPETED!!!! THIS MEET WAS OFF THE CHAIN!!!! GET UR UNION COUNTY BATONS ON!!!!
7:00 p.m. Elizabeth splits
Greg McQueen-47.8!!!!!! No Cap!!!!
6:59 p.m. Elizabeth gets the 4x400 title as expected in a NJ#1 3:22.41. UC gets 2nd in 3:28.41 and Westfield locks up the team title by placing third in 3:28.95.
WESTFIELD EDGES ELIZABETH IN A GREAT TEAM TITLE, 86-83.33! FIRST TITLE FOR THE BLUE DEVILS SINCE 2016.
6:45 p.m. The boys team title comes down to the 4x400!! Westfield leads Elizabeth, 80-73 1/3. Elizabeth is favored to win the 4x400, so if the Minutemen grab the 10 points for first then Westfield needs fourth or better to clinch the team title. Elizabeth will win the team title if it wins the 4x400 and Westfield finishes worse than fourth. Got it?
6:44 p.m. CONGRATS TO THE UC GIRLS ON WINNING A SIXTH STRAIGHT TITLE! WITH 138 POINTS!! SPF IS 2ND WITH 76.
6:40 p.m. Carly Tarentino clears 5-4 to lead the Johnson girls to victory in the girls HJ
6:42 p.m. Scotch Plains wins the girls 4x400 in 3:53.54.
6:35 p.m. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls are aiming for the meet record of 3:51.48. SPF ran a state season best 3:49.80 last Saturday.
6:31 p.m. Girls 4x400 is on deck
6:30 p.m. Jada Mia Puryear of UC throws a meet best 118-8 in the girls discus and Elizabeth wins the event with a total of 255-2.
6:25 p.m. Westfield placed second and Elizabeth 4th in the boys 4xmile, so Westfield holds an 80-73 1/3 lead over Elizabeth with just the 4x400 left. Buckle up!!!!
6:24 p.m. Shane Brosnan brings UC across first in the 4x1600 in a school record 18:14.35, No. 3 in meet history.
6:20 p.m. Boys team score update-Westfield leads Elizabeth, 72-69 1/3, so this race will have huge implications heading into the meet concluding 4x400, which is the next event.
6:19 p.m. Plummer runs 4:24.5 and extends the lead for UC with a 4:24 carry.
6:15 p.m. Freshman Jimmy Wischusen hammers out a big 2nd leg to give UC the lead after 2 legs. Wischusen split 4:41.1 to give UC a 20 meter leg as he hands off to Myles Plummer.
6:12 p.m. Daniela Peralta throws a meet best 107-5 to lead the UC girls to victory in the javelin with a school record total of 297-11.
6:10 p.m. Westfield grabs a 10-meter lead after the first handoff. Summit 2nd. Elizabeth 3rd and UC 4th.
6:09 p.m. Caudell Cajuste is leading off for UC
6:05 p.m. The gun has gone off for the Pete Kane 4x1600 Relay
6:02 p.m. The boys 4x1600 relay is on deck. UC is chasing the meet record here
5:58 p.m. Clare Kelly just completed a 5:20.5 anchor to bring the New Providence girls across first in the 4x1600 in 22:23.82
5:54 p.m. Clare Kelly has opened a huge gap for New Providence in the girls 4x1600
5:50 p.m. New Providence comes from way back to take the lead after thee legs of the girls 4x1600
5:45 p.m. The UC girls have a big lead here as the Vikings are looking for their 4th win of the day on the track.
5:40 p.m. Girls field update
Alexandra Bonn of Union Catholic, the state TJ leader, goes a meet best 35-10 1/4 in the TJ. Elizabeth win the event with a combined 99-5.
5:38 p.m. Here are some boys updates from the field.
Max Owens of Westfield clears a meet best 12-6 in the PV. New Providence is the only team that scores, winning the event with a total f 18-0.
Allen Elome of Linden goes a meet best 43-3 in the boy TJ. Roselle Park win the event with a total of 126-11.
Braden Stryker of Westfield unloads a meet best 52-7 to lead Westfield to the boys shot put title
5:37 p.m. Girls 4x1600 is on the track now
5:35 p.m. Look out for Union!!! The Farmers get a huge 3rd leg and go on to win the boys 4x200 in a NJ#6 1:31.78. Union goes wild after they cross the line. Huge W for the Farmers.
5:22 p.m. The UC girls make it 3 for 3 on the track today by winning the 4x200 in a NJ#2 1:41.99, which is No. 7 in meet history. You getting this Pat (lol). Union is second in a NJ #2 1:42.07
5:12 p.m. Sprinters are on the track for the girls 4x200. Will Union really go under 1:40? Will someone else win??
5:08 p.m. Summit wins the boys 4x800 in an NJ#3 8:09.27!! Charlie Stock rallies Westfield for second with a 1:57.2 carry
Tim Buchan-PR of 2:02.7
Warren Hansen-PR of 2:04.9
Teddy Robertson PR of 2:00.8
5:08 p.m. Summit opens its lead to 40 meters at the last hand-off
5:06 p.m. Summit has a 10-meter lead on third exchange
5:01 p.m Boys 4x800 is up
4:58 p.m. UC wins the girls 4x800 in an NJ#1 9:30.66, No. 8 in meet history
4:55 p.m. UC has big lead heading into the anchor
4:50 p.m. Westfield and Summit together at first hand-off in about 2:18.5
4:48 p.m. Time for the girls 4x800
4:45 p.m. Scotch Plains-Fanwood grabs the gold in the boys shuttles in 1:06.89.
4:40 p.m. Boys shuttles are up
4:35 p.m. It's all UC in the girls shuttles as the Vikings drop its NJ#1 time down to 1:01.11, No. 3 in meet history.
4:30 p.m. Let's get this party started!!! Girls shuttles is ready to go. Union Catholic is the huge favorite here.
4:15 p.m. A moment of silence was just observed for the legendary Ed Grant, who passed away this past Tuesday. A nice touch here, something that should be done at after track and field across this state this weekend. NJ MileSplit spent some time with Ed before his passing and put together a story about his amazing life journey.
It's very strange being at meet without Ed around.
4:00 p.m. Just rolled into Blue Devil Country. Another great day for a meet. It's PR weather!!! A little overcast with temps in the low 60's, and not much wind.