RANDOLPH, NJ- For the first time in the history of the Morris County Track and Field Championships, a female athlete won four individual events. Randolph senior Meghan O’Malley ran and jumped her way into the championship record books, recording a ridiculous 40 points for her team to help lead the Rams to the team title.
O'Malley, who will take her talented legs down to Wake Forest next year, started by taking first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.54, tied for 10th-fastest in New Jersey this spring.
“It felt very good to have such a dominant performance because I have been working so hard to hit all my marks/times, and I was happy to achieve this at the county championship meet,” said O’Malley. “It is also so amazing to be a part of a team that is able to dominant as a whole as well.“
While Abby Loveys breaking a 36-year old state record in the 3200 was a tremendous moment and one of the highlights of the meet, O’Malleys feat along with Karen Hull’s 28 team points were the driving force behind the Rams victory.
Hull raced to a first place finish in the 100-meter dash in 12:51, took second in the high jump, third in long jump, and came in fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Loveys also took first in the 1600, the fourth straight year she won the event, to contribute 20 team points.
Also grabbing key points for the Rams were Meredith Finley who was third in the 800 and fifth in the 1,600, and Amanda Houston who chipped in a fourth finish in the 400-meter hurdles and sixth place in the triple jump.
O’Malley rounded out her record setting performance by winning the individual titles in the high jump (5-6), long jump (17-9) and triple jump (38-4 1/2).
“My coaches said that it was a remarkable achievement winning all four events,” said O’Malley. “They told me that my day at counties was ‘one for the ages’.”
O'Malley's high jump mark is tied for the second-best N.J. mark this spring, while her triple jump ranks fifth.