ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School saw four seniors recently sign letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at institutions of higher learning.
Surrounded by friends, family and teammates Jordan Morris signed to run track and field for Monmouth University while Scott Jarosz signed to wrestle for Sacred Heart. Evan Vazquez and Jenna Segrave signed with Rider University to wrestle and play field hockey.
Morris was there with her parents, Jill and Donald, along with older brother Donald.
“Roxbury Track and Field has been one of the most memorable moments of my life," she said. "There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t felt supported by my family, coaches and teammates. I have truly built a family at Roxbury that I always will remember and cherish. I can’t wait to make more memories at Monmouth University.”
Morris’ track and field coach, Derek Bischoff added, “Today, we have the exciting opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of one of our program’s best athletes. Today, we congratulate Jordan Morris on signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic and academic career at Monmouth University. Jordan has given a tremendous amount to our program over the last four years. We are proud that her hard work will allow her to continue her track and field career.”
With some of the outdoor season remaining, Morris has already been a placewinner at the State Sectional Championships (3x), Morris County Championships (5x) and NJAC Conference Championships (3x). She has done so in four different events. As a member of the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and Sprint Medley Relays, Morris has won numerous championships. She has helped to set school records in all events as well.
Morris also ran the Sprint Medley Relay team that is the fastest to ever run in Morris County history when they placed 9th in October Track and Field Championships.
During her Junior season, she ran on the Sprint Medley Relay team that won the Group 3 State Championship. Morris has competed in three Indoor and Outdoor National Championships and holds the school record for the indoor 200-meter dash.
“Jordan has been a great example to the other athletes in our program," Bischoff said. "She has modeled how to compete through adversity, attack new challenges, and ultimately how to have success at the highest of levels. Jordan has accomplished a lot. However, Jordan has earned every accolade. She is as tough as they come and I am so proud to have been able to see that toughness and her resiliency. Her quiet confidence and work ethic have earned her the right to compete at the Division I level. Jordan will, without a doubt, represent our program, school, and community well as she enters the next chapter of her life. We are extremely proud of her and are excited to see what she will accomplish at Monmouth University.”
Morris will carry on a program tradition of track and field athletes competing at Monmouth, where she will be the third graduate to do so. Morris will also be competing at the alma mater of Coach Laura Schmidt (Track & Field) and Coach Derek Bischoff (Football).
Jarosz Heads to Sacred Heart
Following Morris, Scott Jarosz committed to Big Red at Sacred Heart University with his parents, Kristen and Scott and younger brother Tyler by his side.
Jarosz shared what wrestling has meant to him: “Wrestling is a part of what makes me the person that I am," he said. "It pushes me harder than anything else, it has taught me self-accountability, discipline and that with hard work you are capable of overcoming anything. It may have been a sport at first, but it turned into a way of life that made me a better person.”
Under the leadership of Coach Jim Dolan, Jarosz was team captain with a season record of 38-4 with a career of 124-33, the second most wins in Roxbury history. He was a Morris County Champion, four-time Morris County placewinner, State Qualifier, three-time Iron Man, and first team All-Conference.
“He never missed a practice, match, or tournament,” said Dolan.
Vazquez is Off to Rider
Jarosz’s fellow teammate, Evan Vazquez too will continue his wrestling career at the next level as he signed to Rider University with parents Luis and Yesenia Vazquez and little brother Tyler by his side.
“Having had the experience to wrestle at Roxbury High School has changed the way I view my future," he said. :Wrestling has taught me many valuable lessons: how to respect others and battle through the tough times. The sport has its ups and downs, but it’s in the tough times where one person’s personality truly shines. Learning from troubles is where that builds character. Wrestling has made me the young man I am today, and it will constantly teach me lessons that I can carry into the real world. I just want to thank Roxbury for everything you have done.”
Vazquez too was captain this year under Dolan. He has a season record of 34-9 with a career record of 107-36. He was the eighth wrestler in the history of Roxbury to surpass 100 wins. He was Morris County runner-up, State Qualifier, and second team All-Conference.
Rider for Segrave Too
Fellow senior, Jenna Segrave will also head to Rider in the fall to play field hockey for the Rider Broncs. She signed surrounded by her parents, Kelly and Richard and younger brother Richard. With family and friends around her, she shared how the Roxbury Field Hockey team was also like another family to her.
“Roxbury Field Hockey has been a great experience for me," she said. "I came from another sport not knowing what to expect. The field hockey team is like a family that I believe no other sport has. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, we are all one team.”
Field Hockey Coach Diane Naugle-Douglas had this to say about Segrave: “It has been an honor to work with her. Jenna was a three-year starter and recognized as an All-Conference and All-County field hockey player. She plays with a contagious passion and has led us on and off the field as a captain her junior and senior year. We are going to miss her and her intensity. But we are so proud of the opportunity for her to continue her career at Rider University. She has all the characteristics to be successful on the next level.”
And Segrave praised her coach, commenting, “Coach Naug has had a huge impact on my life. She is there for her players on and off the field. She believes in you, which is a key reason why I will be continuing my field hockey career at Rider University for the next four years.
“I chose Rider University because I think it provides me the best option for both my academics and athletic life. Going to visit the coaches was really nerve-wracking, but the current girls made me feel like I was already a part of the team. I think being nice and inclusive is so important and I felt like the Rider field hockey girls provided this for me.”