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Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week: Track's 4 x 400 Penn Relays Team

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Jacob Leigh, Justin Sanders, Kyle Estivene, and Max Toll are this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week. Credits: Ally Neidig
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Justin Sanders said that his team put in a lot of hard work and dedication, which led to their success. Credits: John Mooney
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The boys 4 x 400 team was recently honored at the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood 4 x 400 team at Penn Relays won their heat at the prestigious track & field event.  For their efforts, they have been selected as the Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.
 
"We had a successful winter season in the event, winning the state sectional championship race, qualifying for the Group III championship, and placing at that meet to qualify for the Meet of Champions," said Raiders track coach Jeffrey Koegel. "Our 4 x 400 race at Penn Relays was the first time we put four top level boys together to let them open up and run."
 
Koegel added:
 
Justin Sanders: Justin had missed a good amount of time due to a hamstring injury, so it was good to have him back, even though he wasn't at full strength. He went out a little too fast and paid the price for it at the end, but he still gave us a solid leg. We passed off in fourth.
 
 
Kyle Estivene: Kyle ran a 51.34 split. His 400 hurdle background gives him strength that a lot of runners don't have. Kyle made up a significant amount of ground and gave the baton to Max in second place.
 
Max Toll: Max ran the third leg. He got cut off and tripped up on the backstretch, but was able to regain his stride. He had fallen to third, but then ran us back into second.

Jacob Leigh: Justin was the anchor. He took the baton about two seconds down to the leader. He made up a bit of ground at the beginning, but really put the hammer down and started closing hard with about 200 meters to go. He caught the leader with just less than 100 meters remaining, powered by him, opened up a small gap, and brought the baton across in first place. Jacob's official split was 49.59, which was his first time under 50 seconds. It was certainly an exciting race to watch. 

"Coach McGriff and I are extremely pleased with how these four boys ran that day," Koegel said. "Not only did they run fast splits, but they went out there and stuck their noses into it and raced hard."

Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located across the street from the Stage House Tavern and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Joint Motion can be reached for an appointment by phone 908-322-3202, or email frontoffice@jointmotionpt.com. You can also learn more at www.facebook.com/JointMotionPT.

Joint Motion Physical Therapy
373 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908-322.3202
www.jointmotionpt.com

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