Akinsola and Fields Among Standouts for West Orange Girls Winter Track

Among the standouts for theWOHS girls indoor track and field team were sophomore Angeline Fields, left, and Bukola Akinsola, right, who are pictured head coach Joe Picataggio. Credits: Bill Allen-NJSportAction.NET

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The lady Mountaineers winter track and field contingent from West Orange High School recorded a solid 2015-16 indoor season, which will help them achieve their goals during a spring slate that saw practice open on Friday, March 4th.

The locals began by totaling 16 points and finishing sixth in an 11-team field at the Super Essex Conference/American Division championships on Dec. 27 at the Jersey City Armory and ended by registering 10 points and earning eighth place out of 19 teams at the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 state championships clash on Feb. 14, at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

In the latter outing, the 4 x 400-meter relay contingent of sophomores Maxine Nzegwu and Angeline Fields and juniors Kristina Boafo and Bukola Akinsola totaled a third-place time of 4:16.93—their best of the season.

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In addition, Akinsola finished fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:01.94 and ninth in the 55-meter hurdles at :09.58; 10th-grader Tyra Brooks finished eighth in the high jump battle by clearing four-feet, eight-inches; and senior captain Sarah Soy recorded a 12th-place effort in the shot skirmish by way of a thirty-foot, eight-inch put, to go along with 14th place in high jump at 4-4.

“All of the 34 girls on this team worked hard this past season and many of them exceeded any of our expectations,” said longtime West Orange High School head track coach Joe Picataggio of his charges, adding, “we have at least, 75 girls signed-up for the spring season, so we're looking forward to having a great time outdoors.”

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