RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Youth Track and Field scored its third win of the season against Long Valley on April 30 (245-163), and its fourth at home against Parsippany on May 7 (133-68), despite chilly temperatures and passing showers; that stopped passing and started pouring so hard that the May 7 meet had to be called right after the first of the 400m races.
The competitive teams from Long Valley and Parsippany presented greater challenges than the weather, but Randolph’s elite elementary and middle school runners remained focused and fast. On Long Valley’s track, the 800m runners placed in every race, with wins by Aidan Byers (9-10 boys), Sophia Bonadio (9-10 girls), Connor Wysocki (11-12 boys), and Evan Donovan (13-15 boys).
Randolph had strong teams in the 4x100m relay, and some fantastic times in the 100m dash, including wins by Josiah Daboh (9-10 boys), Gabrielle Ball (9-10 girls), Jesse Wilfong (11-12 boys), Emma Keaney (11-12 girls), and David Turner (13-15 boys).
Kennan Byers (9-10 boys), Carlie Wysocki (9-10 girls) and Christopher Keaney (13-15 boys) won the 400m, and Randolph swept the 11-12 girls 400m race with wins by Julia Nitulescu, Emma Keaney, and Rylie Van Wingerden.
Randolph also stood out in the field events, including a shot put sweep by the 11-12 boys: Jesse Wilfong, Preston Noble, and Nicholas Mihalko. Aidan Byers (9-10 boys), Hannah Fuller (9-10 girls), Sebastien Denizard (11-12 boys), and Samantha Willis (11-12 girls) all took first-place in the long jump.
At the May 7 home meet, the distance runners swept the 800m, with first-place wins in every race, and also racked up wins in the mile, with first- and second-place finishes by milers Aidan Byers and Raam Murugappan (9-10 boys) and Aiden Groner and Bryan Rich (11-12 boys). Maya Wilkins won the 13-15 girls race, while Chelsea Renna, Lizzy Scherzer, and Mia Mugavero had an impressive sweep in the 11-12 girls race.
Not to be outdone, the sprinters won three of the 4x100 relays and put up many points in the 100m dash. Relay team stand-outs included Emma Keaney, Melanie Leiton, Adrianna Cacciacarne, and Sydney Bibbo (11-12 girls); David Turner, James Kehayas, Darren Rice, and Christopher Keaney (13-15 boys); and Ava Casareale, Janyce Wowk, Olivia Mancuso, and Chloe Whiting (13-15 girls).
Program Director and distance running coach Scott Wilkins has been especially pleased with the 2017 season so far.
“We have a terrific group of kids in the program and many dedicated coaches,” said Wilkins. “It's great to see the kids competing in the meets and having fun.”
For every athlete who competes in a scored heat, there are very many others (Randolph’s program has over 300 kids) who are on the track at every practice and every meet, striving to get faster, jump further, and throw longer. Teammates, coaches and parents cheer when the winners cross the line, and often cheer even louder when those last runners finish the race. Every member of the Randolph Youth Track and Field team aims to do their best, support each other, and have a great time. Those are goals anyone can cheer about all season long.