MADISON—Hosting a sectional meet for the first time, the track and field athletes of Madison High had represented themselves well this weekend.
14 Dodgers—8 boys and 6 girls—kept their track season going another week by placing in their event’s top 6 in the North 2, Group 2 meet to advance to the Group 2 championships. That meet will be contested next weekend approximately two hours away at Northern Burlington High School.
The North 2, Group 2, North 2, Group 1, and North Non-Public B meets were all held at Madison High for the first time this year. hey have been traditionally held at Bernards in past years, but that school's shift to Central, Group 2 forced the NJSIAA to find a new location for the meet.
While Madison did not win any individual sectional titles, William Hendrickson finished 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles race to advance. The boys 4x800 relay team that included Hendrickson, Sawyer Tadano, Noah Buzinski, and Robbie Chalker also took second in the section to punch their ticket to Northern Burlington. The 4x400 team comprised of Hendrickson, Tadano, Andrew Novotny, and Justyn Russo.
The hosts were also able to advance one girls relay team, the 4x800 meter squad of Paige Burnet, Laurel Carey, Kelsie Kearns, and Cara Smith.
Madison junior Sydney Strelec impressively advanced in three separate individual events. Her high finish was 4th in the long jump, but also took home medals by finishing 5th in the triple jump and 6th in the 400 meter hurdles.
The Maroon & Gold secured three places in distance events, as Meghan Timmons took 4th in the 1600 meter (one mile) run and sixth in the 3200 meter race to move on. Smith also advanced in the 1600 by taking the final spot with a 6th place finish.
Over at the field events, Yiakos Kostidakis took 3rd in North 2, Group 2 in the discus event. Sophomore Anna Erickson just missed advancing in the discus throwm finishing in seventh place in the section.