EAST ORANGE, NJ – The East Orange Campus Boys Track and Field Program experienced its best finish ever on Saturday at the 31st Essex County Relays held at the Jersey City Armory. The team finished 2nd in the team standards and was led by Cory Poole and Akeem Lindo who ran on two extremely exciting winning relay teams.
Poole and Lindo linked with Tyriaq Beals, and Quamir Payton who ran a 23.0 anchor leg split on the 4X200 Meter Relay edging Seton Hall Prep for the victory in 1:35.41. Seton Hall finished 2nd in 1:35.52. The pair also combined with Gabriel Ajenifuja and Jermain Flanagan for the biggest thrilled race of the day. Ajenifuja split 52.8 on the anchor leg of the 4X400 Meter Relay in photo finish fashion out leaning Donte Rolley of Columbia High School 3:32.07 to 3:32.17.
By the time Ajenifuja crossed the finished line, he was surrounded by his teammates and a crowd of athletes from other schools in a jubilant celebration of the victory.
“As the guys prepared to run the 4x4, they realized we were not going to win the team title so they made up their minds that they were going to give it their all in the final race of the day by making school history with a 2nd place team finish” said Coach Lance Wigfall.
The next stop for the Jaguars on their history making journey will be the Hispanic Games on Saturday, January 10th at the New York Armory. Competition gets underway at 9:00am.
Other Jaguar Results from the Essex County Relays
4X55 Meters Shuttle Hurdle Relay, 32.74 (2nd Place)
Beals, Lindo, Marcus Simon, Poole
1600 Sprint Medley Relay; 200-200-400-800, 3:53.94 (3rd Place)
Poole, Taylor-Amica, Jermaine Flanagan, Payton
4X800 Meter Relay 8:38.54 (6th Place)
Ajenifuja, Immyouri Etienne, Tyron Odum, Anders Valdez
Note: The Jaguars finished 5th place in the team standings last year.