RANDOLPH, NJ- Now that the calendar has turned the page to the month of May it is time for the Randolph girls to win track and field championships.
During the first three weeks of May the Lady Rams runners managed to sweep the three local championships in convincing fashion with major contributions from each of the disciplines – sprints, distance, jumps and weights.
Junior Abby Loveys continues to build her resume as the best distance runner in New Jersey. Junior Meghan O’Malley consistently scored in all three jumps as well as the hurdles. Senior Makayla Taylor has emerged as one of the top performers in the area in both the shot put and discus. Finally, Karen Hull is an all-around strong performer in the sprints, hurdles and long jump.
Highlights of the local championships:
County Relays – Wednesday 5-2-18.
What began as a blazing, hot day turned into a cool team victory for the Lady Rams by a score of 97 to 48 over 2nd place Roxbury and the rest of the field. The distance team turned in two wins in the 4x1600 and distance medley, and a 3rd in the 4x800 for good measure. Joining Abby Loveys in these events were Brooke Olson, Kate Gihorski, Meredith Finley, Kaitlyn Attinello and Amanda Houston.
The jumpers won the high jump and pole vault and finished 2nd in both the long jump and triple jump relays. The pole vault team consisted of Paige Zangara, Jordyn Kranis and Michelle Lu. Meghan O’Malley was on the other three scoring jumps joined by Kranis and Zangara in the high jump, Karen Hull and Julia Kohn in the long jump and Kohn and Stephanie Heiberger in the triple jump.
The throwers were 1st in the discus, 2nd in the shot and 6th in the javelin. Makayla Taylor led the way in the discus and shot, joined by Hannah Murphy and Kat Sharabba on both teams. The javelin team included Murphy, Cassie Peo and Hope Ugalde.
Despite a DQ in the shuttle hurdles the sprinters still did their part with a 2nd in the 4x100, 5th in the 4x200 and 5th in the shuttle hurdles. Contributing were Karen Hull, Steph Branham, Evelyn Swayze, Paige Zangara, Olivia Mancuso, Catherine Fairfield, Ava Casareale and Chloe Whiting.
NJAC Championships Tuesday 5-8-18 and Wednesday 5-9-18
Abby Loveys scored two convincing victories in the 1600 and 3200. Her 5:01 in the 1600 was not the time she was hoping for but was a win nonetheless. On day two Abby came back with guns blazing and ran a huge personal best at 10:40 in the 3200 which is the number two time in New Jersey and the second fastest time ever for a Randolph girl behind Joelle Amaral’s 10:37.
Karen Hull was third in both the 100 hurdles and the 100 meter dash, and topped that off with a 4th place finish in the long jump.
Meghan O’Malley scored in all four of her events – 3rd in the high jump, 4th in the triple jump, 5th in the 100 hurdles and 6th in the long jump.
Makayla Taylor led the way in the weights with a win in the discus at 121’10” and a huge personal best in the shot at 41’4” for 2nd place.
All three pole vaulters came through for the team with Paige Zangara leading the way at 10’ for 2nd, Jordyn Kranis hit 9’6” for 3rd and Michelle Lu reached 8’6” for a tie for 4th.
Completing the scoring for Randolph was sophomore Meredith Finley who placed 6th in the 800 with a 2:24 as she rounds in to championship form.
The Rams scored a total of 84.75 points to easily outdistance 2nd place Pope John.
Morris County Championships Wednesday 5-16-18 and Thursday 5-17-18
Once again the Randolph girls had a huge victory with the highest point total ever at 107 points more than double the score of 2nd place West Morris. Meghan O’Malley was all over the place scoring in all of her events again with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th and led the team in scoring with a whopping 26 points.
Karen Hull scored a victory in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.98 to go with her 2nd place finish in the 100 meter dash. Karen also placed in the long jump with a 4th place finish.
Makayla Taylor repeated her discus win from the week before and finished 3rd in the shot put.
Abby Loveys electrified the crowd with a stunning and dominating win in the 1600 on day one with a state leading time of 4:52, a personal best. She doubled back on day two with another easy win in the 3200. Meredith Finley continued her rapid improvement with a personal best of 2:20 in the 800 which was good for a 4th place finish for the distance crew.
In the pole vault Paige Zangara finished 2nd at 10 feet followed by Jordyn Kranis who reached 9’6” for third. Jordyn also finished 4th in the high jump.
The State Championships will begin with the Sectionals on Friday and Saturday 5/25 and 5/26 as the girls face Ridgewood who is responsible for the only blemish on Randolph’s 2017-2018 record. Randolph finished a close second to Ridgewood at the indoor sectionals only to come back a week later and win the Group Championships. It should be a great battle and the Randolph girls will be looking for revenge.