BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs boys track team concluded their North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Championships Saturday. They finished fourth overall with 47 points in what Coach Matt VanDuersen said, “…were some very difficult conditions. The temperatures reached 90 degrees in the middle of the meet Saturday and were as high as 85 degrees Friday.”
The coach went on to say, “We had a lot of significant and tough performances, and we had a lot of kids qualify for the Group 1 State Championships.” To quality for the championship an athlete has to finish in the top six in an event.
The Bulldogs had at least one student-athlete finish in the top six in nine of the 15 events they participated.
The Group 1 State Championship qualifiers include:
The boys 4x800 meter relay of Juniors Adam Cohen and James Tiu, Sophomore Charles Egeonu, and Senior Fabian Mestanza. They finished second.
Cohen finished second in the 3200 which was run around 1:00 p.m. when as the coach noted, “The track was at its hottest.”
Mestanza qualified in all four of his events finishing in fourth in the 800 and 1600 with a personal best of four minutes 38 seconds, sixth in the 4x400 and second in the 4x800.
The boys high jump had two qualifiers in sophomores CJ Stavick and Charles Egeonu. They finished third and fifth, respectively.
Sophomore Joani Lico finished third in both the discus and shot put. In the shot put he threw a personal best of forty feet three inches, which beat his previous best by two feet.
Sophomore Patrick Machado finished fifth in the long jump.
The boys 4x400 finished sixth to qualify.
Coach VanDuersen concluded by saying, “We had a lot of great performances given the circumstances. We had the Prom Thursday night, then school Friday with high temperatures on both days. We have a lot of point scorers coming back next year as Fabian is our only senior that scored in the meet.”
Below are the final standings from nj.milesplit.com for North 2 Group 1 State Sectionals with 18 Events Scored
1) New Providence HS 131
2) Malcolm X Shabazz HS 72
3) Secaucus HS 54
4) Jonathan Dayton HS 47
5) Roselle Park HS 42
6) North Arlington HS 35.50
7) Becton Reg. HS 35
8) People's Preparatory Char 34
9) Glen Ridge HS 22
10) Weequahic HS 18
11) David Brearley HS 16
12) Newark Collegiate Charter 13.50
13) University HS 12
14) Palisades Park HS 9
15) Eagle Academy for Young Men 6
16) Belvidere HS 2
16) Hoboken HS 2