PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Highlander girls and boys track and field teams concluded the relay portion of the outdoor season with the Union County Relay Championships that was held on May 1st and 2nd at Hubstine Field in Plainfield. Union County produces high quality racing, having 2019 indoor state champions in each of the girls open 400, 800 and 1600 events, and the boys open 800 event, as well as the girls and boys 4x400 relay events. Sixteen girls teams and 18 boys teams participated in the relay championships. Union Catholic Regional High School won both the girls and boys team championships. GL girls and boys scored points in the several events in which they placed top six. The following are highlight performances by GL teams.
The girls team of Kaylee Vreeland and Victoria Pantina each running the 200, Sophie Cresitello, running the 400, and Victoria Vanriele running the 800 placed second in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:17.71. The girls achieved this season's best time even though one of the athletes took a fall. Despite being stunned by the fall, which was fairly close to the exchange zone, she had the presence of mind to jump up and complete the pass to the next leg. The athlete waiting for the baton was not allowed to come out of the 20-meter exchange zone to retrieve it.
In the thrilling 4x400 relay, the girls team of Samantha Erickson, Sophie Cresitello, Katie Quinn and Victoria Vanriele placed third, sharply dropping their season's best time to 4:03.23. The pole vault relay team, consisting of Lauren Zyska and Allison Schwartz, also placed third with a combined height of 15-00.00.
The three-person javelin team of Nicole Massa, Sarah Comerford and Alyssa Bottone captured fourth place with a combined throw of 252-00. Massa, a graduating senior, threw a huge personal best of 103-05, which was the fourth farthest distance among all the participants.
The girls also had three fifth place finishes. The 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay team of Alexandra Cassu, Mackenzie Pierce, Shelby Senkarik, and Lillian Stuart ran a season's best time of 1:10.85. Similarly, the 4x1600 squad of Caroline Mondelli, Lily Sieczka, Evelyn Doskoch, and Erin Splaine ran a season's best time of 23:30.80. The distance medley group, consisting of Erin Splaine running the 1200 leg, Allison Post running the 400 leg, Katelyn Quinn running the 800 leg, and Caroline Mondelli running the 1600 leg, achieved a time of 13:23.02.
Meanwhile, the boys javelin team of John Walsh, Andrew Sieczka, and Charlie Wojtczak placed fifth with a combined throw of 357-03. The pole vault squad of Kyle McCarthy and Darren DelDuca took sixth place with a combined height of 19-06.00. And, while the shot putters did not score as a team, it is notable that Connor Splaine, a sophomore, threw a personal record 42-5.00, which is the season's best for the boys.
The girls and boys track teams will now embark on the open events championships, starting with the county conference championships, to be held at Governor Livingston High School on May 9th and 10th starting at 4 p.m.