Gov. Livingston Freshman Phenom Victoria Vanriele Runs NJ #1 Time in 800 M at New Balance Nationals

Victoria Vanriele ran a personal best in the 400 M and 800 M placing 4th and 7th respectively at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship.

NEW YORK, NY - The New Balance Nationals Indoor Track Championships were held at the Armory in New York City on March 10-12. Elite high school athletes from all over the United States and even Canada, who met the high qualifying standards, competed at this exclusive event. Four track and field athletes from Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights qualified to participate: seniors Andrew Aguilera, Lauren Boyd, Leah Saifi, and freshman Victoria Vanriele.

Vanriele, the NJSIAA Meet of Champions winner in the 800 meters, competed in two events – the Freshman 400 meter on Saturday and the Girls Championship 800 meter on Sunday. In the 400 meter race, she placed 4th in an indoor personal best time of 57.48, the sixth fastest time in New Jersey this season. On Sunday, Vanriele was the only freshman out of 28 runners to compete in the Girls Championships 800 meter race. She placed 7th, in a new indoor personal best time of 2:11.08. This is the fastest time in New Jersey this year and the 13th ranked time in the US.

The NJSIAA Group 2 champion in both the 55 meter dash and the 55 meter hurdles, Aguilera competed in the Boys Championship 60 meter hurdles on Saturday and Sunday. This was a new event for Aguilera, who has previously competed in the 55 meter hurdles indoors and the 110 meter hurdles outdoors. In Saturday’s preliminary round, he placed 15th, qualifying for the semifinals in a time of 7.96. He placed 19th in the semifinals with a time of 8.18.

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Boyd, the NJSIAA Central Group 2 Sectional shot put champion, competed in the Emerging Elite shot put event on Friday. She placed 33rd with a throw of 35-02.5.

The NJSIAA Group 2 champion in pole vault and current New Jersey #1, Leah Saifi, qualified for the New Balance Nationals, but was unable to compete due to an injury she sustained on the landing of her meet record setting vault at the Eastern States Championships on February 28. Her 13’ 0.5” mark from that meet is currently ranked 9th in the nation.

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