SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - As the Meet of Champions came to a close this weekend, so did the 2018 spring high school track and field season. As usual, South Plainfield High School got another solid year out of both their girls and boys teams. Here’s a look at some of the milestones the Tigers reached this season.
There was no shortage of impressive performances by South Plainfield’s athletes in 2018, and Samantha Pullen had many of them. Pullen earned her second consecutive Meet of Champions appearance in the long jump by shattering South Plainfield’s school record and her personal record with an 18-1 jump in the NJSIAA Group 2 championships. Pullen's record breaking performance placed her fifth in the Group meet. The junior went on to to finish 14th in the Meet of Champions.
Pullen took second place in the Central Group 2 sectional championships’ long jump, and took home a third place finish in the Greater Middlesex Conference championships. The junior captain also took fourth place in the GMC's triple jump with a mark of 34, before taking second in sectionals with a personal best jump of 34' 9.75.
Alongside Sofia Watson, Melissa Calderon and Hailey Palmer, Pullen also took third in the 4x100 relay of the sectional championships,. The relay team went on to place seventh in the Group 2 championships.
Palmer, a freshman, took fifth in the sectional’s 400 meters with a personal best time of 1:01.54, while fellow freshman Sofia Watson finished seventh in the same competition. Kayla Greenleaf and Brianna Atkinson took high marks in the sectional's shot put competition, as Greenleaf threw a personal best 34-10.75 to take home the gold, while Atkinson threw 43-10 for second place.
Led by similar efforts, the South Plainfield girls team went 3-0 in dual competition and earned their first GMC Blue Division title since 1996. Atkinson earned a second place finish in the conference tournament's shot put competition, while Greenlead placed third, and Tiffany Parajon took fifth in the GMC's triple jump.
The girl's team also took the division title in the GMC Relays, which was held in South Brunswick on May 2. Pullen, Parajon and Watson took second place in the GMC Relays' long jump competition, while Atkinson, Greenleaf and Stephanie Waters took third in the shot put relay.
The boys team also earned their fair share of accolades. South Plainfield’s boys earned their second straight GMC Blue division title. O'Shaun Hinds, Jalil Plams, Bobby Rivera and Julian Lee shined in the sectionals' 4x100 relay competition and took third place with a time of 44.38. Hinds also took fourth in the sectional's 100 meters with a personal best of 11.12, while Elijah McNeill took fourth in the high jump.
Palms took fourth in the sectional's long jump and the triple jump, while McNeil placed seventh in the long jump.
Alejandro Gracia took sixth place in the GMC's 800 meters with a time of 1:59.76.