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Sparta's Great Showing at Ranger Relays Highlights the Potential of This Years Team

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HAMBURG, NJ - The Sparta boys and girls track and field team started their 2017 season with a number of victories. The Spartans won six races including three individual races.

This was just a preview of what this team is going to offer, according to team members. It was a balanced meet as a whole for Sparta as 13 Spartans finished in the top three.

While this is the second win for the team it was the first big meet of the season.  Team members considered the Rangers event it more important to start out strong both individually.

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The girls won three team races: shuttle hurdle relay, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay.

Glew, Canzaniero and Pampin finished two, three, four, respectively, in the girls 3x400 low hurdles. It just shows how the Spartans are a team with team talent that is looking to build on the confidence gained in this meet. 

Carlie Wilson took second in the High Jump.  Gianna Macones earned third in the long jump. 

"I am so proud of my team for our two wins so far this season. We are off to a great start and hope to continue our streak," Caleigh Glew said. "We have some strong returning members on the team and a bunch of up and coming underclassmen so I have very high hopes for our season."

The boys also had a strong showing. Senior Andrew Pondiscio won two individual races, high jump and long jump. Senior Billy Loewen won shot put and came in fifth in discus. 

Jake Galluccio finished third in the high jump. Jason Rotondi took third in both the long jump and triple jump.

"Being the first big meet of the season, I was very pleased with my marks. It has always been important for me to start strong in order to set the tone for the rest of the season," Pondiscio said. "The same goes for the team's performance as a whole, winning the team title definitely gave us more confidence going forward that we can compete as a team and gave us some momentum to build on for the rest of the season."

Seventeen high schools sent teams to compete on the Rangers' campus;

Belleville, Bloomfield, Delbarton, Dover, High Point, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Kittatinny, Lenape Valley, Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Nutley, Randolph, Sparta, West Morris Central, Wallkill Valley and West Side.

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