Burlington City graduate Daveigh Brooks, Rancocas Valley grad Samuel Keleekai, Burlington Township’s Eddy Ongwenyi and Bridgeton’ Mikal Wright led a huge South Jersey contingent that led Bloomfield College to its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference track championship this past weekend.
Incredibly, Bloomfield won the conference title in what is only the program’s third year of existence, outscoring second-place Georgian Court, 196 1/2-192 1/2. The meet was held on Georgian Court’s track in Lakewood.
Bloomfield men’s and women’s coach Lisa Morgan-Richman is the architect of the legendary Columbia girls track program.
Brooks, a freshman, won the 400 in 48.94 and anchored Bloomfield’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, which was an all-freshman, all-Burlington County quartet that also included Ongwenyi, a sophomore, and Rancocas Valley graduates Samuel Keleekai and Isaiah Curbelo, a sophomore. That group ran 3:19.70.
Brooks also took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.22 and sixth in the 200 in 22.67.
Ongwenyi won the 400-meter hurdles in 54.61 and was third in the 400 in 49.83, and Keleekai was third in the 200 in 22.37 and sixth in the 100.
Bloomfield won the 400-meter relay in 42.28 with freshman DaJhon Graves of Irvington followed by three South Jersey sprinters — Keleekai, sophomore Wright of Bridgeton and freshman George Milton of Willingboro.
Wright also won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.78, was third in the 100 in 11.06 , fifth in the 200 in 22.41 and fifth in the long jump at 20-4 1/2.
Sophomore Giovanna Aracena of Pleasantville and Curbelo took second and third in the 800 in 1:55.53 and 1:56.61 and fourth and seventh in the 1,500 (4:05.17, 4:11.29).
Freshman Ja’haud Lowber of Bridgeton placed second in the triple jump at 45-3 1/2, 5 1/2 inches behind Georgian Court sophomore Devin Martin, a Williamstown native who attended Holy Spirit. Martin was also second in the 110 hurdles in 15.34 and tied for third in the pole vault.
For more on the battle between Lowber and Martin, which helped decide the team title, click here.