RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph winter indoor track squad traveled to the Bennett Center in Toms River on Saturday 2/4 for the North 1 Group 4 State Championship. The girls came away with their first championship in 6 years in a hard fought battle with Ridgewood, winning by a score of 74-72.
This was the girls’ third major championship of the winter season, after winning the Morris County Relays and the Morris County Championships. The boys also competed well and finished third.
Key performances for the girls:
Abby Loveys – 2nd in 1600 (#4 time in NJ) and 3rd in 800
Brooke Olson – 2nd in 3200 (#3 time in NJ and #2 all time for Randolph) and 3rd in 1600
Meghan O’Malley – winner of high jump and 6th in 55 hurdles
Makayla Taylor – 2nd in shot put
Karen Hull – 4th in both 55 dash and 55 hurdles
Highlights for the boys team:
Josh Holihan – 3rd in 1600 and 3200
Anthony Salemi – 2nd in 55 hurdles
Jackson Yeakel – 2nd in pole vault and 6th in high jump
The boys capped off the meet winning the 4x400 relay. The team included Tana Gawe, Roovens Faustima, Eric Gu and Johnny Daddario. All Randolph athletes who finished in the top 6 will compete at the Group Championships in Toms River on Friday 2/17.
The Randolph teams quickly turned around and competed 2 days later at the Morris County Coaches Invitational held at the state of the art track Ocean Breeze track facility in Staten Island.
Girls 4x800 Relay – the Randolph girls ran the 3rd fastest time in NJ finished second at 9:28. This time qualifies the girls for the indoor national championships as well as the Penn Relays which takes place in April. The girls were led by sophomore star Abby Loveys who split a 2:18 on the 3rd leg. The other three girls, Courtney Darakjy, Brooke Olson and Meredith Finley, all turned in their fastest times of the season in a clutch performance.
Girls Shuttle Hurdles – the Randolph hurdle team continued their winning ways with a time of 32.68. The team consisted of Karen Hull, Savannah Brackelmans- Puig, Jordyn Kranis and Meghan O’Malley
High Jump – Meghan O’Malley followed her hurdle anchor with a victory winning in a jump off at 5’3”.
Boys Shuttle Hurdles – Randolph finished a close second to West Essex with a time of 30.92 led by Anthony Salemi, Tana Gawe , Jack Coyne and Nick Lami.
Pole Vault – Jackson Yeakel leaped 13 feet to finish 3rd in his best performance of the season.
Boys 3200 – Josh Holihan finished 3rd with another strong performance.