WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School boys track team continued its winning ways as they took the team title in the Essex County Championship for the first time since their 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The team was buoyed by the outstanding performace of senior Barden Adams, who won the triple jump (47-2) and the long jump (21-9 3/4), placed second in the high jump (6-6) and took fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.13), scoring 32 points.
The top five teams were: West Orange (69.2), St. Benedict's Prep (51.3), Columbia (50.4), Seton Hall Prep (48.5) and Livingston (43.6)
Barden, named to the All-State Team in April, said, "I came into the meet with high expectations. I had a rough start in the long jump and hurdles but with high jump I picked it up. When I got to triple jump I was trying to break the record."
Adams continued, "With my brother, who had just returned from South Carolina University where he runs track, watching in the crowd, I had more confidence. I jumped 47 feet 2 inches to miss the record by 1 inch!"
He also noted, "This allowed me to increase in the triple jump rankings. I was also named the New Jersey State Track and Field athlete of the week.”
Other West Orange athletes making their mark were Jahir Blanton, who took second in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 200 meter dash; Caleb Edgehill, who took fourth in the 800 meter run; Siem Mehrutu, who took third in the 1,600 meter run and fourth in the 3,200 meter run; Jagger Garguilo, who took fifth in the 3,200 meter run; Eshawn Hoffler, who took sixth in the high jump and fifth in pole vault; and Samuel Amorin, who took sixth in discus. The boys team also took third in the 1,600 meter relay.
The Girls Track team came in sixth place overall with a score of 33.7, behind Columbia (155), Montclair, Millburn (44.4), Livingston (42.5) and Mt. St. Dominic (41.6).
Malawi Allen took first and tied the record in the high jump, 5-6, and Aliyah Barnes took first in the 100-meter hurdles (1:03.05).
Akinsola Bukola took sixth in both the 100 and 200 meter dash and Chelsea Benoit took sixth in the 400 meter run.