SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - The Bernards High Indoor Track and Field Team competed at the North II, Group 2 sectional championship yesterday in Toms River. Ten athletes who represented Bernards won medals in individual events, and advanced to the Group II state championships. Bernards will also send both the boys and girls relay teams, who finished sixth.
Francesa Porambo led the way for the Mountaineers, soaring to a sectional championship in the girls pole vault. Pornambo's vault of eleven feet was a full foot above her nearest competitor. Francesca Morales eaned the teams other medal in a field event. The sophomore tied for fifth in the high jump at 4 feet, six inches.
On the track, Senior Alyssa Frausto took second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:27.85. Sophomore Hadley Meckes finished with a medal in the 3200 with a time of 12:23.71. Senior Ava Cummings finished third in the 800 with a personal best of 2:27.42. Frausto finished right behind Cummings in fourth for her second medal of the day.
Hurdler Dan Mayer continued his hot streak in the boys 55 meter hurdles. In the qualifying round, he ran the top time at 8.16 seconds. He improved to 8.15 in the finals, good enough for third place and a trip to the Group II championships.
The busy distance team took home five individual medals. Junior Stuart Gruters missed a sectional title in the 1600 meter run by a stride. He finished second with a time of 4:30.33. Teammate Connor Roehr was right behind him in third at 4:31.05. The pair placed second and fifth in the 3,200 meter run, with Roehr breaking the 10:00 barrier at 9:59, and Gruters at 10:12.99. Gruters wasn't through, though: He finished third in the 800 meter run at 2:03.81.
The Mounties will send two pole vaulters to the group championship. Juniors Stephen Buteau and Nicholas Re both cleared the bar at eleven feet to earn medals and advance.