ROSELAND, NJ – The West Essex High School (WEHS) track and field program was recently honored for its past four years of success during a special presentation sponsored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at Roseland Town Hall.
District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano and Freeholder President At-Large Brendan Gill sponsored the commendation honoring the boys and girls teams for collectively winning two Group Team championships and seven State Team championships during the period of 2015-2018. Luciano, whose district includes the four townships that make up WEHS, presented the team with the commendation and expressed his appreciation “for all that goes into team sports and what it means to work together.”
Luciano congratulated Coach Tony Emering on his passion for the program and recognized that, as Coach Emering notes, “track and field does not have the spectator following that a lot of other team sports have,” but that “[Emering’s] athletes work just as hard.”
The WEHS boys track and field team has won five consecutive State Sectional Championships, including ones in the spring of 2015, the winter and spring of 2016, and in the winter of 2017 for the North 2, Group 2 division, as well as a State Sectional Championship in the North 1 Group 3 division in the spring of 2017. The team also won the Group 2 State Relay Championship in the winter of 2016. The WEHS girls track and field team has won back-to-back North 2, Group 2 State Sectional Championships in the winter seasons of 2017 and 2018 and won the Group 2 State Relay Championship in the winter of 2016.
In addition to the teams’ successes, the WEHS track and field program has crowned multiple Group State Champions during the period of 2016-2018 including: Reanda Richards, Jenna Chan, Gabriela Karch, Vivian Onnembo Julia Geiger, Alexia Perez, Hailey Blum, Anthony Steets, Isaiah Rodriguez, Drew Lepre and Liam Frost, who all participated on relay teams.
Between 2015 and 2018, the program also crowned five first-team All-Americans, earned 20 medals at the New Balance National Championships, crowned 75 State Sectional Champions and 81 Super Essex Conference Champions.
Adding credit to the program’s success, had coach Tim Cullen was honored by NJ.com with the award for “Coach of the Year” in New Jersey in 2016. The WEHS coaching staff consists of: Tim Cullen, Tony Emering, Kevin Kitchin, Anthony Lambo, Jenna Maus-Colucci, Ron Rowe, Clare Sweeney, and Lanaya Torres. Together, they have combined their talented athletes to create a substantially successful program of boys and girls track and field teams for the past four years.
The coaching staff and the students who have been a part of the program received further administrative support from Director of Athletics Anthony Minnella, Principal Caesar Diliberto and Superintendent of Schools Barbara Longo.
Pictured above with the team are District 5 Freeholder Carlos Pomares, District 2 Freeholder Wayne Richardson, WEHS track and field coach Tony Emering (holding the board’s commendation), District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano and District 1 Freeholder Robert Mercado.