CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Boys Track & Field Team finishes up the year with an impressive 8-0 campaign that set new marks in program highs.
“It’s great to see their hard work pay off…since day one it’s been practice six days a week two hours a day and it’s been them just trusting the new coaching staff...they did what we asked of them and in the end it paid off,” said Head Coach Mike Moussab.
The program was led by their javelin standout Sawyer Moe. The Junior claimed a North 1 Group One Section Title less than a week ago. Moe’s distance of 185.02 was nearly thirty feet longer than the next closest competitor. Moe went on to win the Group 1 Championship on Friday. His Championship run this year was attributed to his hard work ethic and willingness to adapt according to his coach.
“Throughout the season he’s been working on his approach, now he’s at an 11-step approach and he’s at 180 feet so it’s crazy to see what he started at and what he’s at now just because of his work ethic,” said Moussab.
Cedar Grove saw significant development from their high jumper Mike Pronesti as well. Pronesti, a three-sport varsity athlete showed off his athleticism this year eclipsing the six-foot mark at the recent Sectional Championships. His efforts were good enough to net him third place and a trip to the Meet Of Champions.
“He is a great all-around athlete, he’s one of the most coachable kids in Cedar Grove - anything you ask him to do he does it and his work ethic is unbelievable,” said Moussab.
On the track side of the team Pat Smurla helped give the team a much-needed boost in the key races of 1600 and 3200m. Seniors Bruce Williams, Mike Russo and Elias Sigales who did sprinting and hurdles joined Smurla respectively as they all provided exceptional leadership this past season for the squad.
“I am very fortunate to have a good group of guys who all led,” said Moussab.
Cedar Grove will send on both Sawyer Moe and Mike Pronesti into the Meet Of Champions this week where they will look to gain High School immortality against the best from the Garden State.