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.
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:
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.