EAST ORANGE, NJ – Someone once said “Track and Field is the only sport and everything else is just a game”. If you haven’t noticed, there are no games left to be played within the Athletics Department at East Orange Campus High School this spring as there is something different going on; the Jaguars Boys Track and Field Program are prepared to do some damage at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Track and Field Championships which will be held at Ridge High School. The competition will begin on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm and carry over on Saturday morning at 10:00am.
Freshly off a record setting campaign in the Essex County Relays, Super Essex Conference, Essex County Championships and the East Coast Track and Field Relay Championships, the East Orange Campus Boys Track and Field Team appears to have established a trend; look good, feel good, perform good. As the East Orange School heads into the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2 Group IV Track and Field Championships this weekend, it appears that the Jaguars sprint and hurdle core will be the tone setters.
Led by freshman sensation Corey Poole who has set fire to the track this spring, the youngster appears not to be taking any prisoners. Poole has compiled some very impressive statistics over the last three weeks; Super Essex Conference (SEC) Track and Field Champion in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles setting a new meet record of 57.16, 2nd place finish in the 110 meter hurdles; 15.08 and 5th place in the 200 meter dash; 22.94. At the Essex County Track and Field Championships, Poole finished 2nd in the 400 intermediate hurdles; 55.83, 5th in the 110 meter hurdles; 15.20 and ran a leg on the 4x400 meter relay that finished 4th.
Do not get it wrong. Poole has a very capable supporting cast too. On Monday at the prestigious East Coast Relays Invitational Track and Field Championships held at Randolph High School, he joined teammates Tyriaq Beals, Damian Thomas and Haji Davis as the Jaguars showcased its stable of sprinters in the shuttle hurdle relay, winning the race in a school record time of 59.89 establishing the foursome as the best in history of the East Orange Public Schools, as well as the 2nd fastest time ever run by any Essex County High School. Beals, Thomas, Poole and Davis spilt 15.4, 15.1, 14.7 and 14.7 respectively.
Davis will also be a contender. Two weeks ago, he won the Super Essex Conference Crown in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.83. He will also run the 400 meter hurdles. Davis and Poole will be joined by Beals (sprint hurdles), Quamir Payton, (200 meter dash), Damian Thomas (400 meter hurdles, high jump), Shakeel James, Jawuan (800 meters), throwers Saleem Brown, and Jihad Johnson, jumpers Charon Jenkins, Jeffery Davinston, Desean Smith, Ottmar Scott and the 4x400 meter relay which could include a host of the talented threats who could impact the point span at the competition.
“We have arrived at a destination point in the season whereas I believe our guys are capable of accomplishing a level of success that they could not have imagined when we began training this year” said Coach Lance Wigfall. “The only obstacle that could interfere with the plan this weekend are themselves”.
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Date: May 23-24, 2014
What: New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Track and Field Championships
Where: Ride High School, 280 South Finley Avenue, Baskin Ridge, NJ
Time: 3:30pm Start on Friday, May 23rd ~ 10am Start on Saturday, May 24th