Over the winter break, South Plainfield’s Winter Track program continued to excel. The Girls’ team finished second overall at the Merli Invitational. The team is ready to battle for the Blue Division titles in the coming weeks. One athlete leading the Tigers is Sophomore Hailey Palmer.
The 300 meter dash is a unique race. Too long for some athletes and too short for others, this sprint is a combination of pure speed and maintaining stamina over a longer distance. Each year many athletes aim to break the school record. Adding to the difficulty of this race is the fact that it is competed only once a year at the Demarest Invitational held at the Bennet Center in Toms River, New Jersey. This year, Sophomore Hailey Palmer shattered the Girls’ record by over two seconds. In a short two seasons, Hailey has established herself as a fixture on the South Plainfield Track and Field Team. Last year’s Winter and Spring Rookie of the Year is proving to be dominate force on the track. The anchor leg of the Girls’ 4 x 400 Relay Team, Hailey prefers the challenge of catching and passing opposing teams, usually with some flair and force. Besides breaking the 300 meter dash record, Hailey has propelled her team to a new indoor track 4 x 400 relay record. In last week’s Merli Invitational, Hailey claimed a bronze medal in the 400 meter dash and a gold medal in the 4 x 400 relay with her partners Sam Pullen, Sofia Watson and Lauryn McMillan. Hailey is a fixture for the program and someone to watch in the future.