BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Both the Dayton boys and girls track teams are currently sitting in second place after the first day of the Union County Conference Championships.
The Dayton boys are four points behind Roselle Park, and girls are four points behind Plainfield. Senior Laila Davis, who will be competing at Allegheny College next year, was crowned conference champion in the Discus, while senior Abbey Hochreiner led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1600 to win in 5:39.
The Dayton boys were crowned conference champions in the 400 Hurdles with sophomore Alex Jean-Baptiste. Senior Pat Ajayi finished first in the Discus, and sophomore Colin Riley ran a personal best 4:27 in the mile, which is good enough for No. 3 all-time in Jonathan Dayton High School history, and places him in the top 20 of New Jersey, all groups combined.
The coaches and I feel pretty good about the spot we're in," Dayton track coach Matthew C. VanDeursen said. "We have some of our best events tomorrow, and we're looking forward to having a great day two where we have some of our strongest events. The kids have been looking forward to this meet and have been working really hard and performed really well today with many personal bests."
Scores after day one:
Roselle Park 82
Oratory Prep 17
Roselle Catholic 10
David Brearley 6
David Brearley 42
Roselle Catholic 22
Roselle Park 6