RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph girls distance squad and boys and girls shuttle hurdler teams made their marks at the New Balance Indoor National Track and Field Championships at the New York Armory this past weekend. After a long season with many highlights and championship performances, the athletes got the opportunity to run against the best in the country in several relay events; and they did not disappoint.
The boys shuttle hurdle team of Jack Coyne, Tana Gawe, Anthony Salemi and Jackson Yeakel broke their own school and county records running 31.30 for 16th place overall. A national record was broken in their event so they truly ran against the best of the best.
On the girls’ side, the shuttle hurdle team of Karen Hull, Jordyn Kranis, Stephanie Heiberger and Meghan O'Malley ran 35.40 for 13th overall, and also saw a national record in their event. The Randolph girls were the dominant team in North Jersey in this event during this past winter indoor season.
Randolph also turned in a great performance in the girls distance medley relay ( DMR ) After a big personal best at the Eastern Championships the Randolph girls had another monster performance in the DMR on Friday night finishing 8th overall in a very competitive race. All four girls recorded personal bests in their respective legs as they stopped the clock at 12:03.72, narrowly missing the Randolph school record and knocking 8 seconds from their time at Easterns.
Junior Brooke Olson led off with a 3:42.8 for 1200 followed by senior Courtney Darakjy running 61.8 for 400. Freshman Meredith Finley took the baton and recorded 2:21.9 for 800 putting the team in good position for a big finish by sophomore star Abby Loveys. Loveys passed several teams and ran 4:57.8 for 1600 meters, her best indoor time and closed out the 8th place finish.
The same four girls returned the next morning, and despite being tired from their outstanding performance in the DMR, they once again recorded an 8th place finish in the Girls 4x 1 Mile Relay, running 20:57.6. This was the fastest indoor time in school history and a great finish to a record setting season.