Haddonfield’s Seth Clevenger, Winslow’s Jaia James, Lumberton’s Greg Foster, Millville’s Leah Howard and Kingsway’s Kyle Rakitis and dozens more South Jersey athletes will be competing at New Balance Nationals this weekend at Franklin Field.
The meet is scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday, and with NJSIAA inexplicably refusing to change the date of the Meet of Champions to a weeknight there will be some obvious conflicts.
Athletes can participate in both meets if they race Thursday, Friday or Sunday, but the conflict of dates will definitely water down the Meet of Champions.
Clevenger is No. 4 in New Jersey at 9:03.65, James is No. 2 in New Jersey in the 100 at 11.90 Rakitis is No. 3 in the 1,600 at 4:09.12, Howard is No. 2 in New Jersey in the javelin and Foster was Ocean Breeze Nationals triple jump national champ indoors and is No. 4 in the long jump outdoors at 24-1.