SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The SPHS Winter Track Program had a busy winter break with two meets in six days. The Tigers heated up the track as it got cold outside. In total the Tigers set two school records and grabbed 32 medals and one invitational championship.
On Saturday, December 21st, Junior Hailey Palmer looked to break her own 300 meter dash record at the Demarest Invitational. Hailey had been looking forward to this chance since last season. Hailey went out fast and eclipsed her time by a tenth of a second claiming a medal at the same time. Meanwhile, Lauren Calvey battled her way to 6th in the High Jump competing against some of the best jumpers in New Jersey.
South Plainfield then traveled to the Merli Invitational on Friday, December 27th. Here the Boys ruled the small school division winning by over 20 points. The team was led by Bobby Rivera who claimed first in the 400 meter dash, 3rd in the 55 meter dash and led the 4 x 400 team to second with the help of Cody Adams, Jackson Dalton, and Brian Gallagher. Other 1st place finishers for the boys included the Shuttle Hurdle Team of Justin Billich, Joshua Ng, Jeremy Burrell and Mike Lawrence.
On the girls side, Lauren Calvey once again fought for the High Jump championship, claiming first and tying a personal best of 5 feet, 0 inches. Meanwhile on the track, the Girls' Shuttle Hurdle Team of Julianna Farinella, Melissa Calderon, Jordan Lovett and McKayla Grabinsky were running their way to gold. A little later, Hailey Palmer decided to take on a new school record, owning the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.79 seconds, just an hour after taking 2nd in the 400 meter dash. Hailey would then join up with Lauryn McMillan, Isabelle Marin and McKayla Grabinsky to place 4th in the 4 x 400 relay.
Other medal winners included:
Nick Aiello in the Boys' High Jump
McKayla Grabinsky in the Girls' High Jump
Everette Pfeiffer, Abdul Cokley and Johhny Padovano in the Boys' Shot Put
Jasmine Patel and Rachel Fallet in the Girls' Shot Put
Brian Gallagher in the Boys' 400 Meter Dash
Cody Adams in the Boys' 55 Meter Dash
Logan Betyeman in the Boys' 1600 Meter Run and Logan, Jackson Gaffney, Ethan Tamayo and Justin Billich in the Boys' 4 x 800 Meter Relay.
South Plainfield head coach Chris Fish was thrilled with the winter break results and said “great work boys and girls and good luck at the upcoming Conference Relays.”