TOMS RIVER, NJ - Spotswood High School junior, Michaela Robinson won the 55-meter hurdles at the Central Jersey NJSIAA Sectional Group 1 Championships. The Central Jersey Group 1 and Group 4 NJSIAA Sectional Championships were held on February 5 at the Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River. Robinson claimed the hurdle crown with a time of 10.07. She also won her preliminary heat, which moved her into the final race. Robinson capped off her stellar performance at the event with a third place finish in the 400-meter dash.
Cassandra Raia was the next highest finisher for the Chargers girls team. Raia finished fifth in the 1600-meter race. Katherine Parlitsis finished seventh in the 3200-meter run. Freshman Jamie Zavala placed eighth in the high jump for Spotswood.
Metuchen High School claimed the team crown for Group 1. Robinson's win in the 55-meter hurdles and her third place finish in the 400-meter dash played a huge part in Spotswood's fifth place finish in the team competition with 26 points.
On the boys side, Willingboro High School won the team crown with 97 total points. Justin Paguilligan was the highest finisher for the Chargers boys team. Paguilligan finished fourth in the high jump. Chris Matthew was the next highest finisher for Spotswood. Matthew placed eighth in the 400-meter dash. Teammate Nick Rascona finished thirteenth. In the 800-meter race, Dakota Hrobsky-Arce finished tenth while Rich Karczewski placed fifteenth and Dan Lumsden finished twenty-fourth. Joseph Harold finished eighth in the 1600-meter race while Anthony Nobile placed eleventh and Thomas Wells was seventeenth. Anthony Bonacci finished ninth in the 3200-meter race while teammates Nick Toth came in tenth and John Fiffick placed twelfth.
The winter track team will continue to practice and train in preparation for the Meet of Champions, which takes place at the end of the month. In addition, the team has an upcoming scrimmage at Spotswood High School on February 20 and the Monmouth Showcase Meet at Monmouth University on February 22.