Sports

Kirton Wins High Hurdles for Chatham Girls Winter Track at Pietrewicz Invitational

7109aa56d68972df7c5b_254b08f891f1e1a600ea_DSCN5377.JPG
Simone Kirton won the Pietrewicz Polar Bear Invitational high hurdles in 8.35 on Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
b39d3dc4dbcd45a78017_37737c4cb616605f3c05_DSCN5375.JPG
Simone Kirton, Colleen Graham, Katie Helman and Serena Riback ran 1:55.34 in the 4x200 relay for Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
7109aa56d68972df7c5b_254b08f891f1e1a600ea_DSCN5377.JPG

MADISON, NJ - Simone Kirton had a few injuries to clear before she could get her winter track season up to speed.

The Chatham senior appears ready to enter the fast lane in 2017, winning the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.35 at the year-ending Pietrewicz Polar Bear Invitational Saturday at Drew University.

"Before the season started I had a sprained ankle, so I sort of wanted to ease into it," Kirton said. "I didn't want to go all out. I didn't run the first individual meet because I tweaked my back in practice. Then I came back in the Ocean Breeze and barely won with an 8.65.

Sign Up for E-News

"My personal best is 8.33, so to run 8.37 (preliminary) and 8.35 (final), it feels good to get back to where I left off last year," Kirton said. 

Last season, Kirton battled Randolph's Elly Scherer in the high hurdles. Now that Scherer has been graduated, it's up to Kirton to challenge herself.

"I don't want to get comfortable because then I won't run my best time," she said. "Elly made me nervous. Now I try to have more tunnel vision and focus on my own race and not compete against anyone. I just run my own race and not worry about anyone around me."

Kirton also placed second in the 55-meter dash and anchored Chatham's 4x200 relay team, which placed sixth in posting its fastest time of the young season in 1:55.34.

The Lady Cougars might have run faster in the 4x200, but they got off to such a fast start they were way ahead of the competition in their heat. Junior Katie Helman led off and handed sophomore Colleen Graham a big lead. Junior Serena Riback ran the third leg and Kirton had a wide-open track on her anchor leg.

Other top peformances from the Chatham girls included:

600: Leila Kirton - 1:50.06 - 5th place

JV 55: Julie Hamilton - 8.32 - 2nd place

Varsity 1000: Julie Hamilton - 3:24.29 - 7th place

4 x 400: Katie Helman, Julie Hamilton, Caroline O'Gorman, Noelle Bessette - 4:29.65 - 4th place

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Mike Czech – One of Chatham’s Hidden Gems….

On a warm sunny day, back in 2008, at Southern Boulevard Elementary School stood a very tall man (6.5” to be exact!), soft-spoken, warm and friendly as he was surrounded by a whole group of children running around him (at his knees).

His name was Mike Czech and he was teaching the kids how to play a game on the open court.   I introduced myself to help assist him as a fellow ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Chatham High Tech Club Places Third at Thomas Edison Invention Challenge

May 25, 2018

The Tech Club at Chatham High School placed third in the 8th annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge this year.

To a festive crowd of parents, students, teachers and invited guests, the winners of the Thomas Edison Invention Challenge were announced and celebrated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (“Edison Park”).

The contest celebrated inventors from across the ...