Hilltopper Sports Briefs: Girls Track Smashes School Records, Swimmers Go for Glory at MOC as Girls Basketball Exits 'States

From left, Claudia Piron, Emma Osborne, Jackie Kohaut and Rachel Isralowitz.
Claudia Piron and Emma Osborne.
From left, Natalie Wiskiewski, Julia Bligh, Kaitlyn Hersch, and Abby Claus.
From left, Dylan Ingerman, Cole Bligh, Conor Fagan, and Ben Campbell.

SUMMIT, NJ - As the winter sports season winds down in its final days, Summit High School student athletes are cranking out school records and excelling in elite competitions.

Girls Track Standouts Set School Records

The Summit High School Girls 4 x 200 relay team of Emma Osborne, Jackie Kohaut, Rachel Isralowitz and Claudia Piron finished in Ninth place at the East Coast Relays, their time of 1:44:97 setting a new Summit High School record and representing  the sixth-fastest girls' indoor 4 x 200 time in the State. The quartet's finish qualified them to run at New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory in New York City March 10 - 12

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Piron's 25.96 in the 400 was fifth fastest and broke the school record as well. In four years, Osborne and Piron have qualified for for a combined 13 events at the indoor Meet of Champions.

Swimmers Set for Meet of Champions

Summit will send eight swimmers to the prestigious NJSIAA Individual State Championship swim meet to be held at the pool at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, March 4 - 5.

Hilltopper Girls swimmers will see action in four events, with senior co-Captain Abby Claus, junior Kaitlyn Hersch, sophomore Julia Bligh and freshman Natalie Wisniewski competing in both the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. Claus will also swim in both the 50 and 100 Free.

The Summit boys team will be swimming in two races, with senior co-Captain Cole Bligh, junior Dylan Ingerman, sophomore Conor Fagan and freshman Ben Campbell qualified in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Ingerman will also compete in the 50 Free.

The competition is a true meet of champions where swimmers had to qualify during the season by achieving incredibly fast cut times that eliminate all but the top tier of high school swimmers.  Each event includes between 25-30 of the fastest swimmers or relays in the state.

Girls Varsity Basketball Eliminated from States by Somerville

The 16th-seeded Hilltopper Girls Varsity Basketball team exited the NJSIAA State Tournament via a 61-40 first-round defeat at top-seeded Somerville.

Summit trailed by 15 points at the half, at 35-20, and then the Pioneers sealed the deal with a 16-7 third quarter 'win' that put the game well beyond The Maroon & White's reach.

The Hilltoppers, who finished the season 8-18, were led by junior captain Christina Richson's 12 points, with classmate Catherine Maloney adding eight. Fellow junior Eliza Rustum had 10 rebounds to go with her four points.

Somerville was paced by two double-doubles, with Nyasia Thomas scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing 11 boards, and Melody Van Ness notching 17 points and contributing 10 assists.

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