Staten Island, NY- The Randolph girls’ winter indoor track team continued their annual dominance of the Morris County Championships, taking home their fourth straight title in the 2019-20 Finals on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze complex.
Seniors Karen Hull and Meredith Finley led the charge, with Hull winning three events and Finley winning two. As a team, Randolph overwhelmed the field, running away with the victory on a total of 98.5 points, far outdistancing second place Mendham who tallied 55 points.
“We always place the most emphasis on the County Championships and the girls maintained great focus training hard toward peaking at the right time for these meets,” said coach Kevin Higgins. “To come away with big team victories in both the County Relays and the County Championships showed how hard these girls worked to achieve these goals.”
In one of the more exciting finishes of the night, Hull and teammate Alyssa Romagnoli crossed the 55-Meter Dash finish line in as close of a photo finish as there can be. After Romagnoli dusted the field in preliminaries, she and Hull were neck and neck in the finals, giving Randolph a 1-2 finish. Hull crossed the line in first at 7.41, while Romagnoli finished a hair behind in second at 7.42.
Finley then combined forces with junior Chloe Whiting to earn Randolph yet another 1-2 finish by winning the 1,000-meter run in 3:03.49. Whiting was second in 3:07.16. Finley’s other first place finish came in the 1,600 in 5:11.31, while Whiting grabbed third in 5:18.85. Finley's sister Erin also picked up some points for her team by earning fifth place in the pole vault, going over the bar at 8-0”.
“It was especially gratifying to get outstanding contributions from the seniors on the team,” said Higgins. “Last year we graduated two of our best track athletes ever (in Abby Loveys and Meghan O'Malley), but seniors Karen Hull, Meredith Finley, and Alyssa Romagnoli stepped up and filled the void. Junior Chloe Whiting also had a breakout performance for us.”
Hull also won the 55-Meter hurdles in 8.50 while Janyce Wowk earned the Rams points with a fourth-place finish at 8.91. Hull and teammate Hannah Keane gave Randolph a first and sixth place finish in the high jump, with Hull clearing 5-4, and Keane clearing 4-10.
Romagnoli, who has been tremendously successful this winter while running her first Indoor track season, continued her big night by placing third in the 300 Meters at 41.98. Junior Olivia Mancuso was fourth in the 300 Meters at 44.16. Sophomore Maya Wilkins was fourth in the 3,200 (11:46.25).
“Now we turn the page and point toward the State Championship series beginning with the State Sectional Championship on 2/15,” said Higgins. “We will definitely be in the mix for the team championship as we get an opportunity to compete against teams outside of Morris County. Top finishers will advance to the Group Championships and ultimately to the Meet of Champions at the end of the season.”
Randolph is the first girls’ program to win four straight indoor championships. Previously the record was three straight, held by both Randolph (2009-11) and Roxbury (1998-2000).
“We have won our share of County Championships with all the great athletes that have come through Randolph over the years,” said Higgins. “Even though this was four in a row Coach P ( Len Pietrewicz ) and I always say that it never gets old. Only we get old!”