BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston hosted the Union County Track and Field Conference Championships on Thursday and Friday, May 9th and 10th. As its reward, the school claimed two conference records, and it was fitting that many of the graduating seniors obtained personal records for the last meet at GL of their career.
The conference championship was divided into three divisions: Watchung, Mountain and Valley. The GL girls competed in the Watchung Division against Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, Summit, Westfield and Union. The GL boys competed in the Mountain Division against Linden, A. L. Johnson, Cranford, Hillside, New Providence and Roselle. The athletes scored points for their teams by placing first through sixth. Both the GL boys and girls teams came in fourth overall, with the Union Catholic girls winning the Watchung Division and the Linden boys winning the Mountain Division.
For the track and field graduating seniors, it was bitter sweet to compete for the last time at their home venue. With some visible emotions, these athletes put forth maximum efforts and many scored by placing top six or obtained career best outcomes at the meet. Lorenzo Pagdanganan captured the silver medal in the 3200 with a time of 10:33.09. Additionally, Lorenzo ran a personal best in the 1600 with a time of 4:49.29, which earned him 5th place. Similarly, Erin Splaine and Evelyn Doskoch ran personal best times of 5:33.78 and 5:46.25 in the 1600, respectively. In the field events, Nicole Massa took 4th place in the javelin with a throw of 101-5, and threw personal best distances of 27-3.5 in the shot put and 74-5 in the discus. Charlie Wojtczak improved his personal best in the javelin to 121-6 and placed 5th. Meanwhile, in the pole vault, Kyle McCarthy and Darren DelDuca each scored with 3rd and 4th place finishes, respectively.
On her home track, the junior Victoria Vanriele broke the conference records in the 400 and the 800. Her 800 meter time of 2:09.40 is a new Watchung Conference record, replacing the prior record of 2:15.40 set in 2012. It is also the best time of the three divisions, even lower than the 2:09.90 record she set in the Mountain Division last year. Victoria's 400 meter time of 55.20, a new school record, replaces the prior Watchung Conference record of 56.18 set last year. The best 400 time of all the conference divisions is 54.36, and is owned by Sydney MacLaughlin in the Mountain Conference. Victoria also ran the 200, in which she placed 2nd with a time of 25.57.
In other top six finishes for the girls, Lauren Zyska placed 4th in the pole vault event, with a height that ties her personal best of 8-6; and Brooke Siter placed 5th with a personal best height of 8-0. Deena DeFronzo's shot put distance of 30-0.75 earned 6th place and establishes the season best for the team. Samantha Erickson finished 6th in the 100 in a time of 12.75. Sophie Cresitello snagged 6th placed with a time of 1:01.88. Alexandra Cassu jumped a distance of 14-11 in the long jump to place 6th. The girls 4x400 relay finished 6th.
On the boys side, Alexander Janiak ran a time of 16.44 and claimed 4th in the finals of the 110 hurdles; while Kyle Arnold ran a time of 17.39 and claimed 6th in the finals. Alex Aranus secured 6th in the 3200 with a time of 10:49.97. For his 10-6 height in the pole vault, Jack Befeler took 4th place. Alexander Janiak scored by placing 5th in the long jump with a distance of 19-7.75. Nicholas Tarabokia recorded a big personal best in the discus with a distance of 116-2 that earned him a bronze medal. In the javelin, John Walsh grabbed 3rd and Andrew Sieczka 4th, covering distances of 126-4 and 123-1, respectively. Connor Splaine threw an improved personal best of 44-0 to capture 6th place. Christopher Mica and Kyle Arnold obtained the 5th and 6th spots in the high jump with heights of 5-6 and 5-3, respectively. To cap the meet, the boys 4x400 relay finished 4th.
The GL girls and boys track and field teams will be back in action on Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16, in the Union County Championships at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield, NJ, starting at 4 PM.