Toms River, NJ: In the calm before the snow a number of South Jersey school were able to squeak in the South Jersey Track Coaches Meet # 8. The Boy’s 3200 meters seems to have been the premier event pitting a strong field against three of the 2015 All South Jersey Cross Country team members.
Leading the race early on were two Cherokee teammates and All South Jersey members Nick Falk and Jack Shea. They rolled through the 400 in about 74 seconds, the 800 in 2:27 and the mile in 4:55. Trailing behind the duo was a pair of Eastern runners Joshua Chazin and Vipul Bhat who came through the mile in about 4:56. Falk cruised the rest of the rest of the way for a 9:50.50 win. Chazin, who missed the entire cross country season with an injury, returned with strong 2nd place finish in 9:53.28. Beepul Bharti of Northern Burlington broke up the Cherokee, Eastern show with a third place finish in 9:54.42. Shea and Bhat rounded out the top 5 in 9:57.19 and 9:59.9 respectively. In the girl’s race Kelsey Cummings of Triton beat out Ashley Ranere of Hammonton in 11:50.48.
Other notable efforts include Anthony Maturano of Hammonton winning the 200 in 23.10. On the girls side Sophomores Shakira Dancy of Eastern and Aliya Harrison of Sterling battled with Dancy winning in 25.76. 25.76 makes Dancy, a first year runner, the second fastest 200 runner in the State this year. Tyler Davidson of Willingboro had a strong day posting a time of 50.68 to win the 400 and 2:01.69 for second in the 800 to Isaiah Curbelo of Rancocas Valley. Curbelo ran a winning time of 2:00.28. Kiara Lester, a 400 meter All South Jersey performer indoors and out last year continued her dominance of the event with a winning time of 59.51. Sydney Coppolino of Sterling brought home victory in the 800 meters with a time of 2:24.7.
Jonathan Taylor of Salem won the 55 dash by 2 tenths of a second running 6.52. In the 55 hurdles Zavian Bell of Willingboro posted a winning time of 7.77 seconds. In girls dash action Absegami shined. Cyann Moyer won the 55 dash in 7.53 and her teammates Joshonda Johnson and Mariah Hubbard continued the strong Absegami hurdling from State Relays with a 1, 2 finish in 8.68 and 8.95 seconds respectively.
In the High Jump Nevin Beasley of Cherry Hill East defeated Evan Adams of Bishop Eustace on misses. Both athletes cleared 6 feet, 4 inches. Mariah Hubbard switched from hurdles to High Jump and cleared 5 feet 4 for the win. That clearance makes her the 3rd highest jumper in the State this season. Brittney Raffo of Seneca cleared 10 feet 6 inches for the win in the girl’s Pole Vault. Matt Carter of Oakcrest won the boys competition with a 12 foot clearance. Cade Antonucci of Holy Spirit had a big throw of 51 feet 2.5 inches in the shot put for a nearly 2 foot victory. While Tomara Carmichael of Palmyra won the girls competition by almost 4 feet in 35 feet 9 and a half inches.