STATEN ISLAND, NY — Competing against 48 of the top runners in Essex County, West Essex High School senior Ryder Morrello ran the fastest mile (1600 meters) at the ECADA Indoor Track & Field Individual Championships in Staten Island last week.

Ryder delivered an impressive 4:28, placing first overall and bringing the gold medal home to the West Essex High School track team.

Morrello was up against runners from Livingston, West Orange, James Caldwell, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Seton Hall Prep, Millburn, Montclair, Columbia, Bloomfield, West Side, Verona, East Orange, St Benedict's, Nutley and Irvington