EWING, NJ - Governor Livingston’s Victoria Vanriele won her second consecutive outdoor 800m championship at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 9, at Northern Burlington Regional High School. Vanriele blazed across the finish line in 2:06.68, lowering her personal best and school record by 1.5 seconds. She is currently ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 3 in the US.
In addition, Vanriele is now ranked No. 5 all-time at the Meet of Champions, surpassing four-time Olympian Joetta Clark. Clark is the only female athlete to have won four outdoor Meet of Champion titles in the event. Vanriele now has two indoor and two outdoor Meet of Champions 800m titles to her credit.
Next stop for Vanriele is the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championships on June 15-17, where she will run in both the 800 meters championship and emerging elite 400 meters.
Also, at the Meet of Champions, senior Doug Ladzinski capped off his GL track career with a third-place finish in the 400m hurdles in a time of 53 .63, currently ranked No. 4 in New Jersey. Ladzinski was seeded 12th in the event, after having missed most of the spring season with a back injury. His last race was also his best, lowering his time by 1.3 seconds and setting a new school record. Ladzinski is also Governor Livingston’s male Union County Scholar Athlete and will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
Senior Lauren Saifi placed tenth in the pole vault at 11-0. She will be competing at New Balance Nationals this weekend. Saifi will continue her vaulting career at Monmouth University.
The girls 4 x400m relay team placed twelfth. Sophie Cresitello, Samantha Erickson, Katie Quinn, and Victoria Vanriele lowered their school record time to 3:57.14.