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Girls Track: Lady Panthers Utilize Transition Year To Grow

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - After a solid year in which the team learned to grow ahead of their age Cedar Grove Girls Track & Field Head Coach Colleen Bulger is pleased with her unit’s performance.

“I think that the kids that were here did their best. I think a lot of them had the best performances that they’ve had throughout High School…overall I think the kids did really well,” said Bulger.

This season the Lady Panthers finished 5-2 in dual meets. There record is more than respectable in a tough SEC Conference that features powerhouse Shabazz and Newark Academy.

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“Everyone really competed pretty well [this year] with everything,” said Bulger.      

The most impressive accomplishment this year isn’t what was achieved on the rubber or grass, but the intangibles the team showed. According to their coach, who is subsequently in her first year running the program the adjustment to a new staff is difficult and the team took it in stride.

“It was kind of a transition year and for the most part the kids they did really well with that and they adjusted well,” said Bulger.

Individually Alyssa Mega was one of the participants who came into her own this year for Cedar Grove. The senior, in only her second year in the sport was able to place second in the conference for javelin. The performance was not too surprising to her coach who mentioned her strong work ethic.

“She improved on last year and she finished out strong for her senior year,” said Bulger.

Fellow Senior Alyssa Lever was able to finish up her varsity career on a high note for Cedar Grove as well. The four-year team member placed in all three of her events of High, Long and Triple Jump at the Conference Meet. Her performance set personal highs in her long and triple jump events respectively.

“She definitely gave it her all all season long so she really finished strong in her last year in the program,” said Bulger.

Dianna Morganti was a junior who also helped lead the way for Cedar Grove in the field events. Morganti, a discus participant was able to finish second in the SEC to set the stage for heightened expectations in 2018

“Dianna performed really well this year. It was nice to see the improvement from her sophomore to junior year so I’m really excited to see what she comes back with for her senior year,” said Bulger.

On the track side of the team the youth of Gabby Silletti was another bright spot in a year of growth for the squad. The sophomore showed tremendous character fighting through injuries all year to still have a respectable showing at State Sectionals.

“She fought threw some injuries and being sick through it all and she really gave it all…I’m super excited to see what the next two years in the program bring for her,” said Bulger.

The Cedar Grove Team will look to build upon their successes in 2018 and utilize the lessons learned to grow into a contender next year.

“There’s a lot of young talent that’s there that I’m excited to see grow and continue to improve as they go on in the program,” said Bulger.

All photos by Walter Krehel.  

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