Capital Region Athletes Aim for M of C Candidates at Group Meetings
A ticket to the NJSIAA Champions Gathering is a solid performance for track and field athletes in the Capital Region, who will be heading to the NJSIAA State Group meetings this weekend.
Groups 2 and 4 will go to Franklin, Groups 1 and 3 will go to Pennsauken, and non-public athletes will go to Neptune. Public athletes were scheduled to qualify for the state group round through last week’s sections, and this round is the first for non-public athletes.
Public school athletes will automatically qualify for the M of C by finishing in the top three in their event or having one of the top nine at their competition venue. In relay events, the top two from each group will advance automatically, as will the top six at each venue. Non-audiences will send the top six from each event in each group, A and B, to M of C.
The Champions meet is set for June 19 at South Plainfield.
Friday’s portion of the competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday’s portion will begin at 10 a.m. Friday’s track schedule includes the 400 hurdles, 1600, 100, 400 and 4×800 relays. Field events at public schools on Friday include the shot put, javelin, long jump and pole vault for the girls, as well as the discus, triple jump and high jump for the boys. Saturday’s track race will feature the 3,200, 100 and 110 hurdles, 800, 4×100, 200 and 4×400 relays, and the field events for public athletes on Saturday are the girls discus, triple jump and high jump. , and the boys shot put, javelin, long jump and pole vault. The non-public court program includes the pole vault, triple jump, shot put and javelin for girls on Friday, high jump, long jump and discus for boys on Friday, high jump , the girls ‘long jump and discus on Saturday, and the boys’ pole vault, triple jump, shot put and javelin on Saturday.
Shamali Whittle, of Nottingham, clocked the fastest 100m and 200m times in all Group 3 section matches last weekend according to MileSplit, clocking 10.54 seconds in the shortest and 21, 19 seconds in the longest. Grant Sherman of Hopewell Valley is tied for the group’s third highest pole vault (13-0).
In Group 4, Montgomery’s Lauren Cashman was tied for highest pole vault height in sections (12-0), and on the boys’ side, Alex Benitez had the second longest javelin (168- 6).
In Group 2, Morgan Shapiro of Robbinsville had the third best shot put in the section competitions (36-5) and in Group 1, Eve Voorhees of South Hunterdon tied for third best high jump ( 5-0).
Notre Dame’s Malachi Tucker and John Liedtka have secured the fourth and fifth 110 non-public hurdles times At this season (15.14, 15.36), Nicholas Cramer is tied for the third best high jump (6- 0), and Notre Dame The boys of Dame had the sixth best 4×400 (3: 32.06) and the sixth best 4×800 (8: 40.04). On the girls’ side, Ireland’s Neayla Jones posted the sixth best 100 (12.79), Mary Heuisler the sixth fastest time in 400 hurdles (1: 08.31) and the Notre Dame girls posted the fourth 4×100 ( 51.40) and the second. -the fastest 4×400 in Non-Public A this season (4: 07.80).
In Non-Public B, Wilberforce’s Dominic Madigan had the fifth best 400 (52.99) and third best 800 (2: 01.92), and his teammate Jeremy Sallade had the fifth best 800 (2: 04.35) and the fourth best 1600 (4: 38.85). Jace Nazario of Trenton Catholic had the fourth best triple jump (40-10.7).