Sparta High School Track and Field Sends Four Athletes to NJSIAA Meet of Champions

Ben Davis throwing Javelin at NJSIAA Meet of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis
Gianna Macones start of 100m dash at NJSIAA Meet of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis
Billy Loewen, Coach Shaffer, and Ben Davis at Track & Field Banquet Credits: Rebecca Davis
Carlie Wilson finishing her 400m dash at Track & Field NJSIAA Meet of Champions (second from left) Credits: Rebecca Davis
Gianna Macones finishing her 100m dash at Track & Field NJSIAA Meet of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis
Billy Loewen after throwing his new personal best of 53-10.75 at Track & Field NJSIAA Meet Of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis
Billy Loewen about to throw shot put at Track & Field NJSIAA Meet of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis
Ben Davis and Billy Loewen after competing in their field events at Track & Field NJSIAA Meet of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis
Ben Davis and Assistant Girls Coach, Ms. Shaffer, after competing in javelin at Track & Field NJSIAA Meet of Champions Credits: Rebecca Davis

COLUMBUS, NJ—The top High School Track and Field athletes in New Jersey showed up at Northern Burlington Regional High School to compete one last time locally for the season.  Sparta High School sent four athletes to this year’s competition on Saturday, June 10, senior Billy Loewen, junior Ben Davis, junior Gianna Macones, and sophomore Carlie Wilson.

Macones competed in two events; the Triple Jump with a 37-00.50 jump and in the 100-meter sprint she ran a 12.83. For those efforts Macones placed eighth overall in the Triple Jump and 21 in the 100-meter.

Wilson ran a 59.15 in the 400-meter sprint finishing 22. This is her first year with Sparta High School Track and Field and shows promise for the years to come.

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On the boy’s side, Davis threw a 153-05.00 in the Javelin, falling short from his personal best of 180-06.00.  Davis’ throw placed him 29 overall.

Loewen had an exciting day in the Shot Put with a new personal best of 53-10.75, crushing his previous best throw by over a foot.  This throw placed him 14 overall.  

Loewen, a senior, was continually working for a new best. "Every time I go out there I'm always trying to get a new personal record, so getting a new best at the Meet of Champions, the biggest meet of the year, is all I could ask for", said Loewen, also sharing his excitement at three more throws and chancing to do even better come Nationals.

Track and Field taught Loewen that "you can never get enough practice and you have to be open to trying new things.” Loewen will be attending Villanova University in the fall with hopes to compete on their Track and Field team.

At the conclusion of the meet, Assistant Girls Coach, Elizabeth Shaffer said she was “proud of all their hard work.”

Coach Lombardo recognized the accomplishment of making it to this meet. “It is very exciting to be here,” Lombardo said. “You have all of the top athletes in the state that show up. It’s a privilege to be here for the coaches and the athletes.”

The athletes who advanced to the Meet of Champions had to place in the top six in their respective events during the NJSIAA Group Meet last weekend, or receive a “wild card.”

All six NJSIAA groups were present, embodying a multitude of teams from across New Jersey:

A P Schalick HS

A. L. Johnson HS

Absegami HS

Academy Of The Holy Angels

Allentown HS

Atlantic City HS

Audubon HS

Barnegat Twp. HS

Bayonne HS

Belleville HS

Bergen Catholic HS

Bernards HS

Bishop Ahr HS

Bishop Eustace Prep

Bloomfield HS

Bogota HS

Boonton HS

Bordentown Reg. HS

Bound Brook HS

Brick Memorial HS

Brick Twp HS

Bridgeton HS

Bridgewater-Raritan HS

Buena Reg. HS

Burlington Twp. HS

Butler HS

Calvary Christian

Camden Catholic HS

Camden HS

Carteret HS

Cedar Grove HS

Central HS

Central Reg HS

Chatham HS

Cherokee HS

Cherry Hill East HS

Christian Brothers Academy

Cinnaminson HS

Clayton HS

Clearview Reg. HS

Clifton HS

Collingswood HS

Colonia HS

Colts Neck HS

Columbia HS

Cranford HS

Cresskill HS

Cumberland Reg. HS

David Brearley HS

DePaul Catholic HS

Delaware Valley HS

Delbarton School

Delran HS

Delsea Reg. HS

Deptford HS

Dickinson HS

Don Bosco Prep

Donovan Catholic HS

Dunellen HS

Dwight - Englewood School

East Brunswick HS

East Orange Campus

Eastern Christian HS

Eastern Reg. HS

Edison HS

Egg Harbor Twp HS

Elizabeth HS

Emerson HS

Ewing HS

Fair Lawn HS

Florence Twp HS

Fort Lee HS

Franklin Twp. HS

Freehold Boro HS

Freehold Twp HS

Garfield HS

Gateway Reg HS

Gill-St. Bernard's School

Glassboro HS

Glen Ridge HS

Glen Rock HS

Governor Livingston HS

Hackensack HS

Hackettstown HS

Haddon Hts. HS

Haddon Twp HS

Haddonfield Mem. HS

Hamilton East - Steinert HS

Hamilton HS West

Hamilton North - Nottingham

Hammonton HS

Hanover Park HS

Hasbrouck Hts. HS

Hawthorne Christian Academy

Hawthorne HS

High Point Reg. HS

Highland Pk. HS

Highland Reg HS

Hillsborough HS

Holmdel HS

Holy Cross HS

Holy Spirit HS

Hopewell Valley HS

Howell HS

Hudson Catholic HS

Hunterdon Central HS

Immaculata HS

Immaculate Conception HS (Montclair)

Immaculate Heart Academy

Indian Hills HS

J F Kennedy HS - Iselin

J F Kennedy HS - Paterson

J P Stevens HS

Jackson Liberty HS

Jackson Memorial HS

Jefferson Twp. HS

Jonathan Dayton HS

Kent Place School

Keyport HS

Kingsway HS

Kinnelon HS

Kittatinny HS

Lakeland Reg. HS

Lakewood HS

Lawrence HS

Lenape Reg. HS

Leonia HS

Lincoln HS

Linden HS

Lodi HS

Long Branch HS

Lyndhurst HS

Mahwah HS

Mainland Reg.HS

Malcolm X Shabazz HS

Manalapan HS

Manchester Reg. HS

Maple Shade HS

Marist HS

Marlboro HS

Matawan Reg. HS

Mater Dei Prep

McNair Academic HS

Mendham HS

Metuchen HS

Middle Twp. HS

Middlesex HS

Middletown North HS

Middletown South HS

Midland Park HS

Millburn HS

Millville HS

Monmouth Reg. HS

Monroe Twp. HS

Montclair HS

Montclair Kimberley Academy

Montgomery HS

Montville Twp. HS

Moorestown HS

Morris Catholic HS

Morris Hills HS

Morris Knolls HS

Morristown HS

Morristown-Beard School

Mount Olive HS

Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Mount St. Joseph

Mount St. Mary Academy

Mountain Lakes HS

Neptune HS

New Egypt HS

New Milford HS

New Providence HS

Newark Academy

Newark Collegiate Charter

Newton HS

North Hunterdon HS

North Plainfield HS

North Star Academy

Northern Burlington Reg. HS

Northern Highlands Reg. HS

Northern Valley HS - Demarest

Northern Valley HS - Old Tappan

Notre Dame HS

Oak Knoll School

Oakcrest HS

Ocean City HS

Ocean Twp. HS

Old Bridge HS

Orange HS

Overbrook HS

Palmyra HS

Paramus Catholic HS

Paramus HS

Park Ridge HS

Parsippany Hills HS

Pascack Hills HS

Pascack Valley HS

Passaic HS

Paul VI HS

Paulsboro HS

Penns Grove HS

Pennsauken HS

Pennsville HS

People's Preparatory Charter School

Perth Amboy HS

Phillipsburg HS

Pinelands Reg. HS

Pingry School

Piscataway Twp HS

Pitman HS

Pleasantville HS

Pope John XXIII HS

Princeton HS

Pt. Pleasant Boro HS

Rahway HS

Ramapo HS

Ramsey HS

Rancocas Valley Reg HS

Randolph HS

Raritan HS

Red Bank Catholic HS

Red Bank Reg. HS

Ridge HS

Ridgefield Park HS

Ridgewood HS

River Dell HS

Riverside HS

Robbinsville HS

Roselle - Abraham Clark HS

Roselle Catholic HS

Roselle Pk. HS

Roxbury HS

Rumson-Fair Haven HS

Rutherford HS

Saddle Brook HS

Salem HS

Sayreville HS

Science Park HS

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS

Seneca HS

Seton Hall Prep

Shawnee HS

Shore Reg. HS

Snyder HS

South Amboy HS

South Brunswick HS

South Hunterdon HS

South Plainfield HS

Southern Reg. HS

Sparta HS

Spotswood HS

St. Anthony

St. Augustine Prep

St. Dominic Academy

St. John Vianney HS

St. Joseph HS (Metuchen)

St. Peter's Prep

St. Rose HS

Sterling HS

Summit HS

Teaneck HS

Technology HS

Tenafly HS

Timber Creek Reg. HS

Timothy Christian School

Toms River East HS

Toms River North HS

Toms River South HS

Trenton Catholic Academy

Trenton Central HS

Trinity Hall

Union Catholic Reg. HS

Union City High School

Union HS

University HS

Vernon Twp HS

Verona HS

Villa Walsh Academy

Vineland HS

Voorhees HS

Wallkill Valley HS

Wardlaw-Hartridge School

Warren Hills HS

Washington Twp HS

Watchung Hills Reg. HS

Wayne Hills HS

Wayne Valley HS

West Deptford HS

West Essex HS

West Milford HS

West Morris Central HS

West Orange High School

West Side HS

West Windsor Plainsboro South HS

West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS

Westfield HS

Whippany Park HS

Wildwood Catholic HS

Wildwood HS

Williamstown HS

Willingboro HS

Winslow Twp HS

Woodbridge HS

Woodbury HS

Woodrow Wilson HS

Woodstown HS


Macones, Loewen, and Davis will be competing at New Balance Nationals this coming weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina. They will be joined by teammates senior Jason Rotondi, junior Emily Kosker, senior Michaela Pampin and junior Zoe Canzonier.

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