CHATHAM, NJ - When Harris Eisenhardt started off the meet by winning the 400 intermediate hurdles, Chatham boys track coach Patrick Barry had a feeling it was going to be a good day.
"Harris Eisenhardt got us started well on the very first race of the day by winning the intermediate hurdles with a 59.5," Barry said. "It was against a kid who beat us the other day, so right away it's a big turnaround."
The Cougars followed Eisenhardt's lead in posting a 96.5 to 43.5 victory over Morristown on Tuesday at Cougar Field. The win put Chatham at 3-0 and put them a step closer to winning its division in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference.
The Chatham boys closed out the dual meet as strong as they started, wth the 4x400 relay team of Kevin Gesell (51.4 split), Eisenhardt (53.5), Nick Ferrone (53.5) and Steve Bondurich (51.0) winning in 3:29.4.
Ferrone had an impressive day by winning the 100-meter dash in 10.9 (hand-held time) and the 200 in 22.5. When converted to the equivalent of automatic times, Ferrone is getting ready to run some fast times this season.
"We know when he does get a fully automatic time, it's going to be a good time," Barry said.
Senior Will Mitchell won an exciting race in the 1600 by kicking down the stretch past Eric Clay of Morristown. Mitchell clocked 4:35.1 in edging Clay, who ran 4:35.8.
"It was interesting," Mitchell said. "He took the lead with 250 or 200 to go and in the last 50 meters I pulled away from him. For a dual meet it was a pretty good time. Most people are running to win, not for time."
Bondurich easily won the 400 in 51.0, close to being a person record for him. The junior runs the same, whether it is a dual meet or an invitational.
The point scorers for Chatham: (5 pts for 1st; 3 for 2nd; and 1 for 3rd)
400 I. Hurdles: Harris Eisenhardt 1st and Justin Corbitt-3rd
100: Nick Ferrone-1st
1600: Will Mitchell 1st and Pat Mortensen 3rd
400: Steve Bondurich-1st
110 High Hurdles: Justin Corbitt-2nd and Phil Heller-3rd
800-Kevin Gesell-1st and Will Mitchell-2nd
200-Nick Ferrone-1st and Jaylen Haye-2nd
3200: Grant Hauck-1st; and Liam Hynes-2nd
4 X 400: 1st- Team of Steve Bondurich, Kevin Gesell, Nick Ferrone, Harris Eisenhardt
High Jump : Filip Bahunek 1st and Harris Eisenhardt and Justin Corbitt tied for 2nd
Long Jump: Jason Alexis 1st; Vincent Avallone-3rd
Triple Jump: Jason Alexis 1st, Dylan Ott-2nd, Erik Britt-3rd
Pole Vault: Will Kraemer-2nd
Shot Put; Ed Dennerlein-2nd
Discus: Ed Dennerlein-2nd
Javelin: Filip Bahunek-1st, Zach Lee-2nd and Lucas Montano (.5 pts-tied for 3rd)
Chatham's next dual meet is Tuesday, April 28 at Cougar Field. It will be Senior Day.