New Balance Nationals, Day 3 -- Results, notes and quotes
This is probably the last time you'll hear me say this for a while, so try not to get misty or choked up:
Hello again everyone, and welcome back to our scintillating coverage of high school track and field at NJ.com.
The setting is Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro for Day 3 of the New Balance Nationals.
Walked onto the track just in time for the start of the girls 4xMile, but before we get into some today's action, one note from yesterday's frantic finish.
Spoke with Red Bank Catholic coach Rob DeFilippis last night about his team's seventh-place finish (9:07.63) in the 4x800-meter relay. Obviously it was a disappointing finish for RBC, which won the indoor national title and had plans on making it 2 for 2.
The reason for RBC getting off to such a poor start was that leadoff runner Liana Marzano had the baton knocked out of her hand with 200 meters left on her carry.
`It seemed like forever that that baton was on the ground and for Liana to pick it up and be able to get going,'' DeFilippis said.
As it was, anchor Molly McNamara got the baton well behind the leaders with no shot at catching them. She tried to make up for it with a 61 opening leg. Her split: 2:10.95.
The girls 4xMile just wrapped up and Ridgewood placed sixth in 21:20.88. Hanako Shigenobu led off in 5:11.54, Clare Keating split 5:34.83, Emily Fishbein carried in 5:22.38, and Caroline Davidson anchored in 5:12.15. Kinetic TC, otherwise known as Saratoga Springs NY, won in 20:27.91.
The boys 4xMile is underway.
Sorry for the delay, but I was trying to get to the bottom of one of the greatest screw-ups ever.
All but two teams had their third runner only run three laps. For CBA, it was Conrad Lippert who handed off to George Kelly with the lead and five other teams ready to climb over his back.
Meet officials have told me the results will stand, and the last two teams who were not involved in the scramble at the line will also be rewarded.
I'm sorting out the details now and I will fully explain it all in a separate blog.
I just spend the last hour hashing out the disaster in the boys 4xMile relay, so sorry for the delay on other results from the meet.
Morris Hills guys never met a barrier they didn't like. Anchored by formerly mohawked Derrick (D-Wash) Washington -- he is cleanly shorn now and definitely more aerodynamic -- Mo Hills won its preliminary heat in 1:01.39, No. 6 in the state this season and the fourth fastest time in meet history.
``We just came here to break the school record,'' said junior Adrian Samsel.
Yo Adrian! You got it! MoHills hurdles coach Keith Lindsey helped set the old school record of 61.5 back in 1977. The
New Jersey just rang up its third NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP of the weekend!!!
I guess the pace is one national title per day for our Jersey kids. On Thursday it was St. Benedict's Edward Cheserek in the 5,000. On Friday it was Delbarton's Dean Sullivan in the javelin.
Today is No. 3. The Christian Brothers all-senior shuttle hurdles team of Phil Reid, Nick Berger, Matt Bozo and John Engels just won the national title in a state season-best 59.29, No. 2 in meet history and No. 10 in state history.
The meet record is 59.15, by last year by Pioneer of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Gregory Leeper, Michael Demby, Samsel and Washington led Morris Hills to fourth place in 1:01.39. Gregory Hazell, Jeremy Gonzalez, Ryan Walsh and Selwyn Maxwell led Don Bosco to fifth in 1:01.67.
How fitting for these CBA guys to bring some sunshine to a program which had meet officials raining on their parade with the 4xMile fiasco.
CBA's hurdles crew follows St. Benedict's Edward Cheserek (5,000) and Delbarton's Dean Sullivan (javelin) on the championship title march for New Jersey.
The shuttle victory meant even more to the CBA crew because it completed an undefeated season, and because their hurdles coach, David Duh, got to see them win. CBA won the indoor title this past winter but Duh was unable to go to the meet because he was attending to family matters.
Shauntierah Douglas of Garfield finished seventh in the javelin with a 137-5 and Jamie Klein of Paramus Catholic was eighth at 136-4. Klein and Douglas finished 2-3 in the Meet of Champions on Monday.
Jennifer O'Laughlin, Laura Calderone, Janae Baker and Rachel Johnson grabbed South Brunswick's second All-America honors of the weekend in the shuttle hurdles by placing sixth in 1:03.76. Last night, Johnson, Baker, Alicia Osley and Cayla DelPiano (2:15.17 for 800) placed sixth in the 1,600 sprint medley in 4:05.04.
In the girls 800 sprint medley relay, Columbia's Whitney Jackson, Ambur Ballew, Kiana Winston and Olivia Baker (55.96) placed fourth for All-America honors in 1:45.60, No. 1 in New Jersey this season.
Teaneck's Malcolm McKnight, Jamal Williams, DAryian Miles and Bryan Murphy (48.40) missed All-America honors by .14 seconds after finishing seventh in the boys 800 sprint med in 1:32.07. Mount Vernon of NY was sixth in 1:31.97.
Lawrenceville's Lamar Hayes won the Emerging Elite boys long jump with a 22-11 1/4. Hayes owns a 23-2 from this season, No. 4 in the state this spring.
Union Catholic junior Allen Eke just broke the meet record in the Emerging Elite 800 meters. He won the fourth and seeded heat in 1:52.37, No. 7 in the state this season. The meet record was 1:52.82, set by Albemarle's Zach Vrhovac in 2008.
Indeed, on Friday Eke anchored the 1,600 sprint medley relay with a 1:53.33 and brought UC across sixth in 3:28.94.