SOMERSET HILLS NJ - Three athletes on the Bernards High School Indoor Track and Field Team will compete with the best in the state today and tomorrow at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at the John Bennett Indoor Sports arena in Toms River.
The three Mountaineers punched their ticket to Toms River by finishing in the top six in their events in the NJSIAA Group Two Championships on February 16.
Freshman phenom Kelsey Klein continued her strong season by finishing second in Group Two in the 800 meter run. Klein ran the 800 in 2:16.96, a time which earns her the fourth seed in the event today.
Senior pole vaulter Francesca Porambo finished second in Group Two with a vault of eleven feet six inches. Later in the week, she set a school record of twelve feet six inches and finished second in the event at the Eastern States Indoor Championship. Porambo's performance in the Group Championship earns her a fifth seed today, but her perfomance in the Eastern States shows that she can compete for the gold.
Boys pole vaulter Mitchell Buteau will compete on Sunday. At the Group Championship, Buteau equalled his personal best when he cleared the bar at thirteen feet. His thirteen foot vault was good enough for fifth place, and a ticket to the Meet of Champions.