The Glen Ridge High winter track team closed out its season with some good performances at the NJSIAA Group 1 championship meet, which was held in Toms River, on Feb. 29.
Many of Glen Ridge's track athletes will now prepare for the start of the outdoor season, which begins with practice on March 6.
On Feb. 21, the Ridgers competed at the state sectional meet, also in Toms River. There, Nicholas Ruggiero of Glen Ridge had an excellent performance, running 6.88 in the 55 meters and finishing fifth, which qualified Ruggiero for the Group 1 meet.
Connor Schubert and Justin Sweet also saw action in the 55 meter preliminary race and did well.
Ruggiero also had a good race in the 400 meter finals, finishing eighth in a time of 54.89. Hayden Sweet (57.47) and George Kilgen (1:01.01) turned in solid performances, as well, in the 400.
In the 800 meters, Matthew Gomez had a tremendous race, running 2:11.77 and finishing fourth, which qualified him for the Group 1 meet. Michael Liotta, a Glen Ridge freshman, finished the 800 in 2:25.77.
Alex VanWeyenberge led the way for Glen Ridge in the 1600 meters, with a time of 5:19.66 while Charles Marsden (5:26.54) and Evan Rossi (5:30.89) also competed and ran well.
Ojas Kalra ran the 3200 meters in 11:34.60, William Walker ran the 55 meter hurdles in 10.09 and Chris Mitzak and Tyler Johnson threw the shot put in respective throws of 33'10" and 33'8 1/2".
For the girls, Leticia Ternes (8.12), Mia Latifi (8.37) and Aubra Sharp (8.42) ran the 55 meters; Lily Kuhn (1:05.50), Camille Azeglio (1:11.95) and Claire Leader (1:14.67) competed in the 400 meters; Sarah Gentile (2:50.85) and Maggie Brown ran the 800 meters; Erin Byerly ran the 1600 meters and Ava Geraci (21'8") and Izzy Polanskyj (18'8") threw the shot put for Glen Ridge.
At the Group 1 meet, Gomez ran the 800 meters in a time of 2:11.70 and Ruggiero clocked a time of 6.92 in the 55 meters.