WEST ORANGE, NJ - In a hotly contested event, the West Orange High School Boys Track and Field team came from behind to take first place in the Essex County Relays on May 2. The come-from-behind-effort put the Mountaineers ahead of the Seton Hall Prep Pirates, 68-59. and gave West Orange their first win in the Essex County Relays since 2010.
West Orange's All-State Long Jumper Barden Adams lead the way for the Mountaineers, taking first in the long jump (22 and 1/2) and triple jump (45.5 and 3/4), along with Eshawn Hoffler. West Orange also took team titles in long jump (40-10) and high jump (12-3).
Shabazz (54.4), Livingston (47.5) and St. Benedict's Prep (46.6) rounded out the top five.
West Orange also took second in the 3200 meter relay (8:10:89) and Team Triple Jump (83-10 and 1/4); third in the 6,400 Meter Relay (18:28-28); Sprint Medley (3:35:68), and Distance Medley (11:13:75); fourth in the 400 Meter Relays (43:87), 3,400 Meter Relays (1:31:06), and Team Pole Vault (21-0); and sixth in Team Intermediate Hurdles (3:06:89), Team Intermediate Hurdles (3:06:89), and Team Shot Put (85 and 3/4).
The Girls Track and Field Team took fifth place overall (39) behind Columbia (96. 2), Montclair (72. 3), Livingston (65. 4), and Millburn (43. 5).
The girls took gold in the 400 Meter Relay (49.98) with the team of Mariah Everett, Chidinma Amaefuna, Aliya Barnes, and Bukola Akinsola. They took second in the 800 Meter Relay (1:45:54) and the Shuttle Hurdles (1:09.68).