Vanriele Crowned NJSIAA Meet of Champions 800 M Title; Aguilera and Rubenstein Place Second

Freshman Victoria Vanriele was crowned with the 800 M MOC title on Sunday.
Andrew Aguilera placed second in the 55M hurdles, Brian Rubenstein placed 2nd in Pole Vault and Doug Ladzinski placed 10th in the preliminary round of the 55M dash.
Victoria Vanriele won the 800M MOC title; Leah Saifi placed 4th in Pole Vault, Lauren Saifi placed 11th, Lauren Boyd placed 20th in shot put and the 4 X 400M relay team placed 22nd.

TOMS RIVER, NJ - Gov. Livingston freshman Victoria Vanriele won the state championship in the 800 meters at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, at the Bennett Indoor Track Complex on Sunday. Vanriele took the lead with 400 meters to go, beating last year’s champion, Lexi DelGizzo of Tenafly. She finished with a time of 2:13.63, her season’s best time, 18th in the nation.

The Meet of Champions was contested over two days, with the boys competing on Saturday.  Senior Andrew Aguilera lowered his personal best in the 55m hurdles to 7.43, taking 2nd place behind Irvington’s Corey Poole, who is ranked first in the nation.  Aguilera is ranked 3rd in New Jersey and 13th in the nation.  Brian Rubenstein took 2nd place in the pole vault, matching his personal best with a vault of 14’0”.   

Leah Saifi placed 4th in the pole vault at 11’6”.  Her sister Lauren was 11th.  Also competing at the Meet of Champions was Lauren Boyd, who placed 20th in the shot put and the girls 4 x 400 meter relay (Victoria Vanriele, Nicole Trezza, Danielle Petryk, and Cristal Vilasoa), which placed 22nd.

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Doug Ladzinski came in 10th in the preliminary round of the 55 m hurdles and Andrew Aguilera came in 14th in the preliminary round of the 55 m dash.

Some of these athletes will be competing in the Eastern States Championships at the NY Armory on Tuesday, February 28, to conclude the winter track season. The Highlanders are tentatively scheduled to open up the spring track season at the Dodgertown Relays on April, 8.

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