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44th NJ Relay Championships

January 16-18, 2009, Bennett Center,Toms River


With nearly 30 hours of track & field action over three days, the 44th NJ state relay championships provided plenty of memorable moments.

Here’s a look at what happened each day as the five championship meets were contested at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Friday- Non Public Boys

Since Clayton Parros has done so many spectacular things in his career, it’s not easy for him to accomplish something that he’s never done before,
But the Seton Hall Prep senior star managed to do it on Friday night when he put together an amazing display with the baton at the NJSIAA Non-Public Relays.
Parros started his night out when he burned a 22.1 leadoff leg to ignite Seton Hall Prep to a meet record victory in the 4x200 in 1:34.39.
That performance wasn’t that surprising considering that Parros is No. 2 in the nation this season in the 400 with a 47.78.
But what he did in the sprint medley was something new.
Grabbing the stick in third place in the sprint medley, about 15 meters behind Union Catholic junior D.J. Thornton, Parros ripped a 1:58.1 800 leg and outdueled Thornton in a great stretch run to give Seton Hall Prep the victory by the slimmest of margins in 3:41.84. That barely beat the time of 3:41.85 by St. Peters Prep in the previous heat. Union Catholic wound up third overall in 3:41.89..
Parros capped his night by running 50.4 (just 25 minutes aftere his 800 carry) on the second leg of Seton Hall Prep’s runner-up 4x400 relay.

Led by Parros, Seton Hall Prep finished fourth with 26 ½ points.
Christian Brothers Academy won the high jump and pole vault and received a balanced attack on the track to capture its second straight title, fifth in the past six year, and extend ed its state record to 18 relay titles.
The star of the meet was clearly Parros.
``I’ve only run the 800 a couple times and I’ve never broken 2 minutes before,’’ said the North Carolina-bound Parros, who was recently accepted to compete against world class runners in the Millrose Games 600 on Jan. 30 ``I am so happy to do it. The progress I’ve made at that distance shows really helps me as I prepare for the big things I want to do this season in the shorter races.’’
Parros admitted that his legs were starting to get a bit tired in the SM.
``Right before we came to the final lap my legs were starting to feel it,’’ said Parros. ``But I just tried to stay on him (Thornton) for as long as I could before making a big lasat move.’’
Parros tried to get around Thornton in the final turn, but couldn’t.
``I knew he was strong and he was holding me off,’’ said Parros. ``But I just kept fighting the whole way and finally got by him right at the line. It was pretty exciting.

Despite the tough loss in the SM, Thornton and his teammates at Union Catholic had plenty to be smile about after the meet.
Union Catholic took a big step towards one of its biggest goals of the year when it captured the distance medley in an indoor school record 10:38.26, which puts the team from Scotch Pains under the time of 10:40 that is required for consideration into the Penn Relays.
Union Catholic’s first three legs were handled by Danny daCosta (3:13.6 for 1,200), Shariff Stubbs (52.7 for 400) and Evan Gingrich (2:06.1 for 800). Then it was Thornton’s turn. Getting the baton four seconds behind CBA anchor Mike Mazzaccaro for the 1,600 leg, Thornton cranked out a 4:24.6 to bring Union Catholic across first.
Thornton, a junior, had made up much more ground on Mazzaccaro on the DM anchor a few weeks ago at the NJCTC Relays.
``I knew he’d be running much harder and tougher today, but I was pretty confident I could get him,’’ said Thornton. ``We came here looking to get under the 10:40, so we’re real happy with how we ran.’’

CBA, which received efforts from several different sources, outscored runner-up St. Joseph’s (Met.), 52-37, to successfully defend his title. One of the key contributors was all-round senior standout Pat Larkin.
Larkin led off CBA’s runner-up shuttle hurdle team with a personal best split of 7.8, matched his personal best with a 12-0 in the pole vault to help his team win that event and split 53.9 on the fifth-place 4x400 team.
Larkin combined with Dan Gavin (12-0) to win the vault. CBA also won the high jump at 11-1o with Jake Bartlett clearing a meet best 6-2, and got seconds in the DM and 4x800, and third in the shot.
``We don’t have any real stars on our team,’’ said Larkin. ``We just have a bunch of guys that work hard and get the job done.
Larkin said CBA’s history is also a factor.
``I think winning this meet means more to us than anyone else,’’ said Larkin. ``It’s a big deal for us to win this and keep our tradition going. At CBA, we always want to win everything.’’

St. Joseph’s runner-up finish was highlighted by a win in the shuttle hurdles in 3262. St. Joseph’s received splits of 8.7 from Chris Troche, 7.8 from Rich Bills, 8.3 from Zachary Sikanowicz and 7.9 from Tim Moczula.

T.J. Lynch of Msgr. Donovan earned some vindication in the 4x400. Two days after falling just a few feet from the finish line in a race that involved Seton Hall Prep at the Millrose Games 4x400 Trials, Lynch ran a 51.7 anchor and rallied by Seton Hall Prep to give his team the win in 3:30.53. With the 4x400 win, Msgr. Donovan placed third with 29.

Junior Pat Schellberg blasted a 4:24.4 anchor to bring Delbarton across first in its heat as it wound up fourth overall in the DM in 10:48.81.
Also in the DM, Andy Arnold of Bishop Eustace cranked out a 4:24.1 anchor to bring his team across fifth in 10:51.89.

A couple stars were conspicuous by their absence, Rob Molke of Don Bosco Prep and Kevin Byrne of Red Bank Catholic. Molke, a senior who as all-state in cross-country, hurt his foot on a training run last week, and Byrne, a sophomore who has run 4:23 in the mile this season, was scheduled to run the mile at Yale on Saturday, but tendinitis kept him out of that race.

Non Public Girls

Dominique Booker took it personally last year when her Montclair Immaculate team got shutout in the sprint relays at the state championship meet.
``I was mad and embarrassed when I left last year because of how bad we did,’’ said Booker. ``We needed to do something to redeem ourselves for that.’’
Booker made sure of that as the nation’s No. 1 sprinter blazed around the 200 meter track with an electrifying anchor carry of 24.7 in the 4x200-meter relay.
Booker’s split brought Montclair Immaculate across first in a meet record 1:50.31 to highlight action at the Non-Public Relays.
Booker added a 58.7 leadoff leg for the ninth place 4x400.
``I’m so happy,’’ said Booker, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation this season in the 55 dash at 7.08. ``Last year we were seventh in the 4x200 and I knew we could better than that this time. This is exactly what I was hoping we’d do.’’
Montclair Immaculate’s first three legs were handled by senior Alicia Hall, senior Chantall Whittick, a first-year runner, and rising freshman star Mirable Nkenke.
Montclair Immaculate’s victory was one of six records set at the meet, which featured a great team performance by Msgr. Donovan. Msgr. Donovan, led by senior, Krissa Loretto, dethroned defending champion Pope John, 60-52, to capture its first title.
Msgr. Donovan blasted out to a big early lead when it won the first two events of the meet, the distance medley relay (12:51.41) and the shuttle hurdles in a meet record (34.53).
In the shuttles, junior Brianna Hallenbeck (8.5), sophomore Kaitlin Zisa (8.9), senior Tara Smith (8.7) and seniors Murphy Kate Delaney (8.3) combined to break the mark of 35.29 set last year by St. Dominic Academy.
In the DM, Loretto hammered out a 5:14.1 1,600 anchor to rally Msgr. Donovan to victory. Loretto was 25 meters behind Pope John’s Jenny Heigis when she got the baton. Loretto also split 2:21.1 for 800 on the runner-up sprint medley team.
``Getting those two wins right off the bat was a big boost for us,’’ said Msgr. Donovan coach Ken Oliver. Krista ran like I thought she would, tough as usual, and together with Murphy Kate Delaney they are the catalysts of the team. They get everything going for us.’’
Oliver knew Pope John would be tough to dethrone.
``They have such a great program over there that I felt it would take a flawless meet to beat them and that’s what happened. Everyone on the team contributed to this win.’’
Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney, Notre Dame, Our Lady of Mercy also took down meet records.
RBC got its record in the 4x800 when freshman Liana Marzano (2:26.9), senior Katie Rochford (2:28.8), senior Michelle Savarese (2:28.3) and junior Michelle Capozzi (2:24.0) combined to win in 9:48.94. That broke the record of 9:54.72 that RBC set a year ago.
Meanwhile, St. John Vianney got a huge anchor carry from junior Chelsea Delaney (2:19.7 for 800), who made up a 10 meter defecit and brought her team home to victory in 4:20.71. That eclipsed the mark of 4:22.07 set by Pope John last year.
In the 4x400, Notre Dame senior Caitlin Wismer (62.2), sophomore Haley Langton (63.7), junior Kim Maleski (63.7) and sophomore Kelsey Langton (60.5) shared the baton on the way to record run of 4:10.42.

In the shot put, Genevive Rybicki, (40-1 1/4) and Victoria Imbesi (38-10) had the two best throws of the meet as they combined for a meet-record 78-11 1/4, nearly 10 feet better than the mark they set a year ago of 69-2 3/4.

Saturday-Group 2

Chris Whyte was tired and his ankle was throbbing. But he refused to let those things prevent him from turning in a gutsy and clutch performance that helped Rahway rally for a dramatic victory in the Group 2 competition.
Rahway was trailing defending champion Morris Hills by six points with two events to go. But Rahway won the 4x400-meter relay in a record 3:26.91 to close the gap to two points with jump the high jump remaining.
That’s where Whyte’s heroics come in.
After running 51.4 on the 4x400 and hurting his left ankle in the process, Whyte sprinted over to the high jump and cleared a personal best 6-0 on his first try to catapult Rahway to a third-place finish in the event, which nailed down the team title, 48-44, over runner-up Morris Hills.
Whyte cleared the bar less than five minutes after he ran the 4x400.
``I was tired, but my ankle was what I was worried about,’’ said Whyte. ``It was on my plant foot, so I was afraid it would affect me when I jumped. So I was real surprised that I made it.’’
Whyte also ran 7.5 on the third-place shuttle hurdle team and split 22.9 as the anchor on the runner-up 4x200 teams.
He said he and his teammates had plenty of motivation to win its second title in three years,
``We know we gave away the county title last week with that DQ in the sprint medley and wanted to redeem ourselves,’’ Whyte said referring to Union’s one point win over Rahway at the Union County Relays.
In the girls’ competition, Hopewell Valley broke one state record and extended another when it captured its eighth straight girls’ trophy and ninth overall.
By winning its ninth title (its other victory came in 1991), Hopewell Valley, which 2008 Group 3 champion Camden, 52-40, outscored now owns the state record for the the most girls relay championships. It had been tied with Willingboro and Columbia with eight. Hopewell Valley’s eighth in a row keeps its state record winning streak in tact.

While Whyte was instrumental in Rahway’s title march, there were several other key factors that put Rahway in position to win. The sprint and hurdle points were expected, but all the surprising distance points proved pivotal for Rahway.
Rahway got fourth in the DM, second in the SM, and third in the 4x800. Curtis Johnson had a 4:38 anchor in the DM, and 2:02 legs in the SM and 4x800. And quarter milers Ricky Draughn (a pair of 2:05 800 legs) and Chris Brown (2:08 800) stepped up in the disatcne races as well.

The Morris Hills boys, led by Liam Tansey, lit up the track in the distance events, winning the DM in a meet record 10:35.82 and the sprint medley in 3:38.89 and getting second in the 4x800. The SM time was just off the Morris County record of 3:38.33 set by Dover in 2000.
Tansey ran 1:59.7 for 800 in DM, 1:56.8 on the SM anchor and 50.4 on the third-place 4x400.
``We did everything we could out there,’’ said Tansey. ``We scored all the points we thought we would, but it wasn’t quite enough.’’

In the girls’ competition, Hopewell Valley received a huge effort from senior Julie Alexander. She ran a 25.4 anchor leg on the meet record setting 4x200 (1:45.61), a 7.8 on the winning shuttle hurdles team (33.73), and a 58.0 on the runner-up sprint medley.
The first three legs in the 4x200 for Hopewell were run by Miranda Mackey (27.0), Nikki Ferrara (26.8), and Shayne Hughes (26.5). Hughes also had an 8.1 leading off the shuttles.
Hopewell Valley, with Clare Buck handling the 1,600 anchor in 5:06. 5, took second in the DM in 12:33.93, and added runner-up finish in the SM, 4x800, high jump.

The Voorhees girls distance crew put on a great show, breaking
Meet records in both the distance medley (12:24.81) and 4x800 (9:41.91).
In the DM, Voorhees received a 3:53.1 1,200 leg from Colette Whitney, a 63.8 400 split from Katie Petruzzellis, a 2:19.8 800 from Kari Shoolbraid, and a 5:07.9 for 1,600 from Lanie Thompson.
In the 4x800, Shoolbraid went 2:22.1, Whitney 2:28.8, Petruzzellis 2:31.3 and Thompson finished it off with a 2:19.5.

Megan Venables hit 5:06.6 on her 1,600 anchor to bring Highland across third in the DM in 12:36.99.

Group 4-Saturday

This was all about Jill Smith and Chelsea Cox.
The state’s most dynamic duo stole the show once again, each running on four winning relays to spark Southern to its second title in three years.
Smith, a two-time national champion, anchored the winning distance medley (12:14.98) with a 4:59.4 carry, split 2:16.1 on the winning 4x800 (9:30.04), ran 2:16.1 for the first place sprint medley (4:09.96) and 58.1 on the victorious 4x400 (4:02.68). Cox, a junior, led off the DM with a 3:46.1 1,200, ran 58.7 on the SM, 58.5 on the 4x400, and ran on the 4x800.
The DM, SM and 4x800 times by Southern are all the best in the state this season.

``We knew we’d have to run a lot, but like coach said, it was warrior time,’’ said Smith, a senior. ``We had to go out there and battle and do what we had to do to win this.’’

Plainfield has been waiting all season to put together a hot sprint relay and Union was looking to continue its red hot running.
Both got what it was hoping for.

With All-Stater Isaiah Gill ripping a 22.2 leadoff leg, Plainfield never trailed in the boys’ 4x200-meter relay.
Led by Gill, the Meet of Champions winner in the 400 last spring, Plainfield won the 4x200 in 1:33.23.
After Gill’s leadoff leg, Daniel Woods (23.8), Stephen Knox (23.3) and Rajohn Staton (23.9) handled the baton the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Union, riding the momentum of its first Union County Relay title last week, scored 20 points to finish a very strong in the team standings to Washington Township, which scored 38.
Union received a runner-up finish in the 4x400 (3:32.1), a second in the sprint medley in 3:39.36, and a fourth in the shuttle hurdles in 32.36.

The highlight of the boys meet was the monster anchor run by Robby Andrews in the DM for Manalapan.
Andrews, one of the top miles in the nation, stormed from way back with a 4:16.5 1,600 anchor carry to give his team the victory in 10:30.95. That’s well under the time of 10:40 that is needed for consideration into the Penn Relays and was the No. 1 time in the state this season until Sunday (West Windsor–Plainsboro topped it with a 10:24.36).
Manalapan’s first three three legs were handled by senior Gary Sparapani (3:20.9 for 1,200), freshman Anthony Mensa (52.3 for 400), and junior Kingsley Prophete (2:01.5 for 800)
``This was huge for us,’’ said Andrews. ``All three guys that ran ahead of me had their best races and to get a good time for Penn was something we were all hoping for.’’
Andrews was in fourth place when he got the baton and about 35 meters behind the leader. After he reeled them after the first 800, he finished off his sizzling split with a 28.5 final 200.
``I was using this race as kind of a time trial,’’ said the Virginia-bound Andrews. ``I wanted to hit 32’s each lap and pretty much did that, so I am real happy. I felt so good out there. I can’t wait for Millrose.’’
Andrews was referring to high school mile at the Millrose Games on Jan. 30 at Madison Square Garden. He was second last year.
``After not winning last year, that’s a huge goal and I’m excited about it,’’ he said.

Sunday-Group 1

Throughout the 1980s, the Bernards girls’ track and field program was a powerhouse, winning back-to-back state relay titles in 1985-86 during that decade.
But from 1992 through 2003, there was no indoor program because it was cut from the budget.
Bur six years ago, coach Dave Szostak changed that in the hopes of returning the program to the success of its glory days.
Yesterday, Szostak’s saw that dream realized.
Led by junior Kristin Smoot, sophomores Courtney Waite, Isabel Henderson and Liz Sharkey, freshman Dana Giordano, and senior Caroline Prins, Bernards returned to state prominence by holding off a furious late charge by Haddonfield to win the girls’ Group 1 title, 51-48.
``People counted us out for so long,’’ said Smoot. ``We wanted people to know who we are again.’’
Smoot was the catalyst for Bernards remarkably balanced attack, running four hot legs, including three anchors.
Smoot ran 2:21.8 800 leg on the second-place distance medley (12:56.64), 26.6 on the third-place 4x200 (1:52.65), 2:21.5 on the third-place sprint medley (4:24.14), and she saved her best for last, ripping a 59.5 400 to bring her team across third in the 4x400 (4:14.35) to nail down the victory.
``We have run against Haddonfield all the time and they always win, so it was nice to show that we can run with and compete with a team like that,’ said Smoot.’’
Bernards is a much deeper team than it’s been in the past, scoring third of better in all six running events, including victories in the shuttle hurdles

Smoot ran 2:21.8 800 leg on the second-place distance medley (12:56.64), 26.6 on the third-place 4x200 (1:52.65), 2:21.5 on the third-place sprint medley (4:24.14), and she saved her best for last, ripping a 59.5 400 to bring her team across third in the 4x400 (4:14.35) to nail down the victory.
(35.12) and 4x800 (10:11.40). Bernards also added a third in the high jump.
Bernards got a huge lift from the recent return of Becky Rivas and Catherine Shih to the hurdles team. Shih just started hurdling about 10 days ago after a knee injury in field hockey. Rivas came back last week after an illness.
Shih led off the winning hurdles in 8.8. Henderson followed with a 8.6. Rivas then went 9.2 and then Molly Kellogg finished it off with an 8.4.
In the 4x800, Giordano (2:32), Prins (2:33), Liz Sharkey (2:34) and Henderson (2:34) shared the baton.
Sharkey also ran a 4:02.5 1,200 on the DM, 64.6 on the 4x400, and ran a solid third on the 4x200 in her first career one lapper.

Waite ran 27.6 in the 4x200, 27.9 in the SM, and 4.6 in the 4x400. Prins ran 66.8 on the DM. Sam Seker ran 28.7 on the 4x200 and 65.5 on the SM for Bernards. Amy Macchiaverna cleared 4-10 for the third-place high jump team ana ran a 200 leg on the SM.

Smoot ran 2:21.8 800 leg on the second-place distance medley (12:56.64), 26.6 on the third-place 4x200 (1:52.65), 2:21.5 on the third-place sprint medley (4:24.14), and she saved her best for last, ripping a 59.5 400 to bring her team across third in the 4x400 (4:14.35) to nail down the victory.
(35.12) and 4x800 (10:11.40). Bernards also added a third in the high jump.
In the boys competition, Glassboro won the 4x200 in a meet record 1:33.88, the shuttles in 32.12 and the SM in 3:44.90 to edge Haddonfield, 45-42, for its first title.

Roselle, fifth with 18 points, picked up a win in the girls’ 4x200 (1:50.81) as freshman Kaprice James gave her team the lead for good with a 26.9 third leg. Kelly Hawkins (28.0), Genera Randall (27.7) and Danille Reid (27.5) ran the other three legs.
Randall (8.3), Chrsitina Darius (9.7), James (8.5) and Hawkins (9.3), combined on the runner-up shuttle hurdle team (36.26).

Haddonfield swept the distance medley races, as expected.
In the girls’ DM, Greta Feldman ran 3:47.9 for 1,200, Bria Altieri 69.0 for 400, Jackie Sikkema 2:33.1 for 800, and Lizzy Sikkema anchored in 5:17.3 to give Haddonfield the win in 12:48.32.
For the Haddonfield boys, Jon Vitez led off with a 3:13.5 1,200 carry, Evan Lick ran 54.9 for 400, Ben Potts gave his team the lead for good with a 2:04.3, and Colin Baker anchored with a 4:34.0 carry.

Cameo Kirk had a huge day to lead the Shore girls to a third-place finish with 23 points. The junior ran a 4:20.4 800 anchor to bring Shore from behind to win its heat and place second overall in the girls’ SM in 4:22.81, split 59.3 on the runner-up 4x400 (4:13.33), and anchored in 27.0 for the sixth-place 4x200.

Caldwell won the girls’ shot put as seniors Mia Riley (35-5) and Stephanie Alperin (31-4) teamed up for a combined 66-9 ½.

In other highlights, Julian Fensterheim of Metuchen had a two strong peformances for defending champion Metuchen. The senior had a 3:13.6 1,200 leadoff on the third-place DM (10:57.56) and a 1:59.6 anchor carry on the fourth-place 4x800.

Haddonfield’s Michael Rivard and Park Ridge’s Greg Hoffman each cleared a personal best of 14-0 in the pole vault. Park Ridge won the event as Rivard and Garret LaCroce combined for a 26-0.
Travis Malave (47-4 ¼) and Patrick Cole (46-3 ¾) had the top two throws in the shot to give Hasbrouck Heights the win with a combined 93-8.

Sunday-Group 3

Some of the best collection of stars in New Jersey took center stage when the curtain was raised on the Group 3 meet. And they all delivered with scintillating performances.
But the one that stood out the most was Irvington’s Josh Evans.
The senior two-sport standout and the state’s top hurdler made a huge splash in his season debut to lead his team to a share of the team title with West Windsor-Plainsboro North as both teams warned its first state relay title.
Evans, still not fully recovered from a late season ankle injury in football, blasted a mind-boggling 6.7 anchor leg to bring Irvington across first in the shuttle hurdles in 30.90. And then he added a personal and meet best 6-2 to lead his team to victory in the team high jump.
Behind Evans, Irvington tied West Windsor North with 28 points. Timber Creek was third with 27.
Irvington secured the title with a fourth-place finish in the meet concluding 4x400. George Hamilton anchored for Irvington in 51.7 as he came from way back to win the heat and take fourth overall in the event.
``My ankle is still bothering mea little, but it was time to get out there and compete,’’ said Evans. ``I surprised myself with what I did, but I knew the team needed me to come up big and I was able to do that. We knew we had a shot at this and everything worked out well for us in the end.’’

West Windsor North was led by All-Staters Jim and Joe Rosa anad Tyler Corkedale. Jim Rosa ran 3:10.4 for 1,200, Tyler Corkedale 1:57.7 for 800 and Joe Rosa a personal best 4:21.8 for 1,600 to carry WWPN to a meet record and state season best win in the distance medley in a US#4 10:24.34.
Corkedale also had a 1:58.9 800 anchor on the winning sprint medley (3:42.05). And Joe Rosa (2:02.7) and Jim Rosa (2:00.1) each ran on the runner-up 4x800.

Nick Vena
of Morristown, the state record holder in the boys’ shot put, hit 65-8 ¾ to help his team with that event with a combined 109-5 ½.
Vena’s personal best this season is 67-8 ¼, which places him No. 3 in the nation for the season.
``I felt okay,’’ said Vena, who also had a 58-1 ¾ and 65-0 ½. ``The first one wasn’t that good, but the others weren’t bad. I just don’t like it when I have just three throws. It’s tough to get into a rhythm.’’

In the girls’ competition, junior Michelle Brown was sensational in leading Seneca to its first title. The 2008 outdoor 400 M of C winner ran on two winning relays. She anchored the winning 4x200 (1:50.13) with a 25.5, the victorious 4x400 (4:04.52) with a 57.8, and ran 58.7 on the runner-up sprint medley (4:19.15). Led by Brown, Seneca outscored runner-Neptune, 40-22.

Ariann Neutts celebrated her invitation into the Millrose Mile (she found out during the meet) with two big anchors carries to propel Roxbury to a pair of victories anad a third-place finish in the standings with 20.
Neutts, who has given a verbal commitment to Villanova split 5:00.5 on the winning DM (12:26.86) and 2:16.2 on the winning 4x800 (9:43.68).
``Getting into Millrose was like one the greatest thing that’s happened to me,’’ said Neutts. ``After that, I wanted to go out and run close to what I did in the mile this season (5:00), so I was really happy to goo and run that kind of time and help our team win those races.’’

All-Stater Chrissy Finkel of Montville continued her consistently strong season in the pole vault, clearing 12-0 to help her team win that event with a meet record 20-6. Breanne Biondi equaled her best with a 8-6 for Montville.

Rising star A’jee Wilson had a monster day for Neptune. The freshman capped off sprint medley victory (4:13.44) for Neptune by running 2:16.3 on the anchor leg. She also split 2:17.1 in the 4x800 and 57.3 on the runner-up 4x400 team.

Brett Johnson of Ocean City, the M of C 1,600 winner last spring, cranked out a 3:07.2 1,200 split on the DM. He ran quarters of 60.2, 62.8, and 64.2.

All-America Chelsea Ley of Kingsway cranked out splits of 5:03.5 for the runner-up DM team, 2:23.2 on the anchor leg of the 4x800 that placed fourth (10:00.08), and 2:25.1 on the fourth-place sprint medley (4:24.56).

Lauren Calorel of Lacey and Elly Wardle of Toms River South each cleared a meet best 5-4 in the girls’ high jump.