TOMS RIVER, NJ - It was another exciting day at the “Bubble” with four Gov. Livingston track stars capturing the NJSIAA Group 2 championship titles. Gov. Livingston Boys and Girls Track Teams competed in the NJSIAA Group 2 Indoor Track Championships on Saturday, February 18 at the Bennett Indoor Track Complex in Toms River, where the . The Highlanders girls and boys finished in second place, with the boys just one point behind first place Haddonfield Memorial.
Senior Andrew Aguilera won both the 55 meter hurdles and the 55 meter dash as he did in the Sectional Championships. He won the hurdles in 7.6, while his teammate, Doug Ladzinski, placed second in 7.84. In the 55 meter dash, Aguilera won by the narrowest of margins, winning by .01 over Mateese Jones of South Plainfield, in 6.51.
Leah Saifi continued her dominance of the girls’ pole vault, becoming the Group 2 Indoor Champion with a vault of 12 feet. Her sister, Lauren, came in fourth place at 11 feet.
Victoria Vanriele won the 800 meters in a NJ No. 2 time of 2:13.71, breaking Deanna DiLandroand's meet record of 2:16.16 set in 2014. She ran past Brianna Gess, the 2016 Group 2 Outdoor Champion, and Lexi Del Gizzo, the 2016 Outdoor Meet of Champions winner.
Vanriele also competed in the 4 X 400 team, along with Cristal Vilasoa, Nicole Trezza, and Danielle Petryk. The relay team lowered their time to 4:06.71 to finish in third place.
Lauren Boyd and Brian Rubenstein will also be moving on to the Meet of Champions with third place finishes in their events. Boyd placed third in the shot put with a throw of 37-10.25 and Rubenstein vaulted 13’ 6” for third in the pole vault.
The boys’ 4 x 400 (Andrew Aguilera, Doug Ladzinski, Tim Branthover, and Zach Goldman) placed 9th in 3:33.63 and Logan Calichman placed 20th in the 3200 meters in 10:29.
The top six finishers in each event move on to the Meet of Champions next weekend. The boys will compete on Saturday, February 25, and the girls will compete on Sunday, February 26, both at the Bennett Indoor Track Complex in Toms River.