PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, the Plainfield-North Plainfield Rotary Club held its 88th Annual Rotary Track and Field Meet at Hub Stine Athletic Complex in Plainfield, NJ.
Members of the Rotary Club and members of the North Plainfield High School Interact Club, along with friends of the two clubs, offered their services as officials and judges for the event. Rotarians and their friends processed nearly 200 athletes throughout the day. The event consisted of 12-year-old, 13-year-old and 14-year-old athletes from Plainfield, North Plainfield and Watchung middle schools.
A record was broken at this year’s meet by Rahmah Hemby, from North Plainfield Middle School, when she ran the Group 2 100 meter sprint in 12.43 seconds – beating the 1984 record of 12.70 seconds held by Shelbey Sanders of Plainfield’s Maxson Middle School.
Marquis Morris, of North Plainfield Middle School, set a new record in the Group 2 Shot Put for 13-year-old boys. His throw of 44’3” surpassed the 1987 record of 40’3” held by Brian Martin of Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains. Last year, Marquis set the record in the Group 1 event for 12-year-old boys.
“This was another spectacular track and field meet offered by our club. The rainy skies parted and the combination of clouds and sun made for a beautiful day for track and field events,” said Rotarian and Meet Director Michael Townley, adding, “Over the years, we have had the privilege of hosting a number of young athletes who have gone on to set state and national records and win medals in Olympic competitions, including the late Milt Campbell, Olympic decathlon champion. It was thrilling to see Marquis and Rahmah set records in their events and exciting to watch all the athletes compete for medals and ribbons in each of the afternoon’s events.”
“We love to come out for this youth service project every year and we especially appreciate the Interact Club for their help,” said Mary Forbes, president of the Rotary Club. “We have so many positions to fill and we could not do it without their help. Everyone remarks at how well the kids perform their assigned tasks. They are just wonderful!”
Medals were awarded to first, second and third place finishers in all events except the relays, where ribbons were awarded to second and third place finishers. All three participating schools took home medals or ribbons with schools winning as follows:
• North Plainfield Middle School: 19 first place; 9 second place; and 6 third place awards
• Queen City Academy (Plainfield): 13 first place, 12 second place; and 16 third place award
• Valley View (Watchung): 22 first place, 32 second place; and 19 third place awards
The Rotary Club plans to hold the 89th Annual Track and Field Meet next year at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield on the first Wednesday of June. “We appreciate and are very thankful for the use of the athletic complex,” said Townley. “Hub Stine was a longtime member of our club and served as club secretary for many years. Being here in the athletic complex that is named in his honor is a special privilege.”
For more information about the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield, visit their website at www.RotaryPNP.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RotaryPNP. The club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Giovanna’s Restaurant, 1462 South Avenue in Plainfield. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and the club is invited to attend a meeting as a guest.