RANDOLPH, NJ- Like the wrestling state tournament in Atlantic City, the NJ State Meet of Champions for track and field bring together the best of the best for a weekend competition. The athletes must advance through the State Sectional and Group championships to make it to the MOC. It is especially difficult to advance out of Randolph’s Group IV as it is the most competitive. This year one boy and five girls made it to Toms River for the MOC which was held last weekend.
Sophomore star distance runner Abby Loveys had the top finish of the day for the Randolph athletes running her fastest time of the season in the 1600 at 5:00.95 and placed third overall for the entire state of New Jersey. It was a strategic race where the second half was 10 seconds faster than the first half. Abby stayed in good position throughout and was there when the big break was made and she ended up lass than 2 seconds behind the winner. Freshman Meredith Finley also ran the 1600 and was the winner of the unseeded section with a strong finishing kick.
Junior Brooke Olson ran her third personal best in a row and finished fifth in the 16 lap 3200 meter race. This was Brooke’s first time medaling at a MOC meet (top 6 medal) and her performance was a sign of her consistency and toughness that she has shown throughout the season.
Sophomore Meghan O’Malley continued her great success in the high jump finishing eighth at 5’2”. Freshman Karen Hull made it to MOCs in two events, the 55 dash and the high jump. Senior boy Jackson Yeakel pole vaulted 13 feet and finished in a tie for thirteenth place.
The Randolph distance team followed up their MOC performances at the Eastern States Championships on Tuesday at the NY Armory with a dazzling performance in the girls distance medley finishing 3rd overall. Their time of 12:11 was a 13 second personal best and is the #3 time in New Jersey and #11 in the nation. Brooke Olson led off in the 1200 leg followed by senior Courtney Darakjy in the 400, Meredith Finley in the 800 and Abby Loveys anchored running a 5:01 for the 1600 leg.
The same group will among the top seeded teams in the DMR and the 4x 1 mile relays at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory the weekend of March 10 and 11. They will be joined by a number of Randolph boys and girls competing in a variety of events and capping off a very successful indoor campaign.