SPRINGFIELD, NJ — This preview is part of a series that was slated to run and highlight members of the Spring sports teams at Jonathan Dayton High School. Without sports of any kind in the picture this spring, TAPinto Springfield will still be running the previews as a way to highlight the key performers who had their upcoming seasons stolen by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The boys track team is the defending conference champions, a championship they won with 175 team points, 85 points greater than the second place team and with only a few senior point scorers. 

The Bulldogs return a very strong and young distance squad, as well as key contributors in every event.  The bulldogs finished third in the NJSIAA North II Group I sectional championships, and are looking to improve on that with the majority of the team returning.

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This year’s senior group will have a tremendous impact on how the team will do moving forward.  Joani Lico is the best Shot Putter and Discus thrower in the conference and in the section after having a breakout season in the Shot Put this winter.  Joani is also one of the best returning throwers in Union County and in Group 1.

The sprinters and jumpers will have a great impact on how the team does as well.  This year the team returns senior James Mooney who was last year’s Conference Long Jump Champion, Rasheed Sexius-Clerie is one of the best returning triple jumpers in Group 1 and the top returning athlete in the section in that event, and Charles Egeonu will return as one of the best multi-athletes in the section and conference. 

Charles has been ranked in the section and conference in the 400 meter dash, the 800 meter run, and has consistently been one of the best High Jumpers in the county, conference, and section.  All three seniors will also significantly contribute to the success of our 4x400.

The distance squad has grown tremendously over the past few years.  Seniors Christian Mancini and Spencer Gary, junior Dan Galao-Birkman, sophomores James Garcia and Marlon Villalobos, and freshman Colin Riley all have posted times under 5:00 in the mile.  Mancini and Garcia finished second and fifth in this year’s winter sectional championships, while freshman Colin Riley was one of the top freshman 3200M runners in NJ this past Winter.