COLUMBUS, NJ - The GL Boys Track and Field team won its first ever NJSIAA Group 2 Championship at Northern Burlington Regional High school on Saturday, June 3, powered by Andrew Aguilera, who won 3 events – the 400m hurdles, the 110m hurdles, and the 200m dash. Aguilera scored 30 of the team’s 46 points. Brian Rubenstein won the Group 2 pole vault, adding 10 points to the team total, and Doug Ladzinski placed fourth in the 110m hurdles, chipping in four points. The 4x400m relay team of Aguilera, Ladzinski, Jakada Khalfani, and Kilian Quinn added the final two points to clinch the win by placing fifth.
Aguilera won his first event, the 400m hurdles on Friday, June 2, in a time of 54.68. He won two races on Saturday starting with the 110 hurdles, running a personal best 14.25. Ladzinski placed fourth in the same event in a time of 14.87. Aguilera later won the 200m dash in dramatic fashion, being declared the winner of a photo finish over Bo Melton of Cedar Creek by .02 seconds, 22.01 to Melton’s 22.03. With the title on the line in the last event of the day, Aguilera was back on the track to lead off in the 4x400m relay, running a 49.8 split. The relay’s fifth place finish helped secure the team title over second place Northern Valley (Demarest).
Brian Rubenstein repeated as the Group 2 outdoor pole vault champion on Friday. Rubenstein battled windy conditions, vaulting 14-0 for the win.
Victoria Vanriele won two individual championships for the GL girls. On Friday, she won the 1600m in a personal best time of 4:55.92. She came back on Saturday to win the 800m in 2:08.71, a personal best and the current NJ #1 time. Vanriele was nearly 3 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Vanriele also anchored the 4x400m relay, which placed fourth in a time of 3:58.7. Joining her on the relay were Caitlin Colendenski, Danielle Petryk, and Katie Quinn.
Leah Saifi placed fourth in the pole vault, vaulting 11-0.
These athletes will be back in action at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions next Saturday, June 10th, at Northern Burlington Regional High School. The meet begins at 2 pm.