BOONTON, NJ- With a slow and steady approach, the Randolph girls track and field team chipped away at point leader Mendham. By the time day two of the County Championships was over, they had quietly slipped into the lead by 3 points to take home the team title. They finished with 61 points, ahead of Mendham’s 58, and ahead of 20 other teams from around Morris County.
The boys had the opposite experience, as they led after day one. They briefly lost the lead, but took it back in the 4 x 400. From there, they held onto it for the win, finishing with 83 points to Mountain Lakes’ 73, while also beating out 20 other teams.
This season has been wildly successful for both the boys and girls, as they have dominated meets on both the individual and team level.
When asked what makes them so successful, senior Anthony Zarro commented. “It has to be the people. This team is my family, the coaches are not only coaches but also my friends. The support that everyone gives, the energy that everyone brings, and the fun we all have is what I think makes us so successful.”
While there were no first place finishers for the Lady Rams, there were many strong performances which helped pile up points for the team title.
In the 800 Meter Run, Nora Mae McSorley placed second with a time of 2:15.43. Carole Harsch followed that up with second place in the 3,200 Meter Run, coming in at 10:41.63. Rounding out the runners placing in the top three, was Elly Scherer, who took second in the 100 Meter hurdles with a time of 15.04.
In the girls field events, basketball star Aliyah Huland El grabbed some points for Randolph with a top three finish in two events. She took second in the Triple Jump, going 37-9-3/4, and she finished third in the High Jump clearing 5-2.
In the boys Long Jump, Greg Stickle and Anthony Zarro took first and second to help boost Randolph’s team score. Stickle finished with a leap of 22-9-3/4, edging out teammate Zarro who jumped 22-7.3.
The boys 4 x 400 Meter relay team took first place, and set a new meet record in the process. Dan Leanza, Anthony Zarro, Collin McAlmont and anchor Greg Stickle ran it in 3:21.19