EGG HARBOR NJ- The NJ Track and Field Meet of Champions is the culmination of a long season of hard work, fierce competition and great performances. The top track athletes in New Jersey advance through the state sectional and group championships with the goal of making it to the Meet of Champions, which brings the best of the best together for one day of outstanding competition.
The top eight finishers in each race are medalists and have reached the highest level for track and field in NJ. The Randolph distance girls have enjoyed great success at the conference and county levels over the years, but have also excelled at the state level. In the last ten years, Randolph girls have medaled at the outdoor Meet of Champions 11 times, and this year was no different.
Freshman Abby Loveys finished 5th in the girls 1600 meters breaking the five minute mark for the 2nd time this season. In a very strategic race that started slowly, Loveys was able to hang in there with several of the top upper classmen as they pulled away from the field in the second half of the race. Loveys solidified her position as the top freshman 1600 meter runner in the state for 2016, after also being the top freshman cross country runner in the state last fall.
Sophomore Brooke Olson ran a big personal best in the girls 3200 meters finishing in 11:04 and 17th overall in the entire state. Finally the Randolph girls 4x800 relay placed 11th overall under the lights with Abby Loveys doubling back after the 1600 and combining with senior Nora May McSorley, junior Courtney Darakjy and sophomore Kate Gihorski for the top performance by a Morris County team.
Qualifying for the Meet of Champions out of Group IV is very difficult as many of the top teams and athletes are in that Group. In addition to the distance girls, two additional Randolph athletes qualified and competed well at the meet - senior Courtney McHugh in the girls javelin and junior Kenan Mitchell in the boys pole vault. They battled the windy conditions at the Central Regional High School track and represented Randolph well.