SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Saturday, the Jonathan Dayton boys track team competed at the Blue Devil Classic in Westfield.  Even though there were about 35 teams competing and most were groups 3, 4, or Non-Public A, Coach VanDeursen felt, “…we had some impressive marks”.  He continued, “One of the biggest things we strive to encourage in our kids is to go out and compete no matter the situation.” 

He then described the situation and a typical reaction, “It was raining for most of the day and we were only one of two group 1 schools at the meet.  Both are common excuses people use to justify a poor effort.”

The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs did well Saturday according to Coach VanDeursen because, “Yesterday the kids' effort was absolutely terrific.  They didn't let their level of competition, or the weather be a factor.  They simply went out and competed.  For the kids to reach the marks that they did is very impressive.  As long as these kids continue to be competitors, they certainly have a bright future ahead of them.”

Here are the athletes and events highlighted by Coach VanDeursen

  • Senior Justin Ehly had the fifth best long jump of the meet at 20'1.5'' and a personal best. That distance is currently the best in our section, North 2 Group 1, and our conference.
  • Our boys Sprint Medley Relay finished tenth.  The relay team is Justin Ehly 200M, Josh Lorenzo 200M, Mark Gragg 400M, and Fabian Mestanza 800M.
  • Our boy’s freshmen 4x400M relay finished fourth in the Freshman/Sophomore division of the 4x400.  They ran a 3:50.57 in the event and nearly broke the school freshmen record of 3:50.00.  Jovanni Salcfas anchored the relay in a very impressive 53.5.