Nine members of the South Brunswick High School boys track team earned the right to continue their season this weekend in the Group IV championships at Old Bridge.
Of course, the path Jonathan Pitt took to the Group IV championships was the most direct.
The top six finishers in each event at all of the sectionals this past weekend earned the right to continue their season in the next round. Pitt left little to chance, winning the triple jump with a distance of 46' 10".
"Jonathan Pitt continued his great season with a new school record in the triple jump," South Brunswick boys track coach Wilfredo Rivera noted.
Pitt also added a fifth in the long jump with a distance of 21' 9 3/4".
The showing by Pitt helped South Brunswick to a fourth place finish with 51 points in a very difficult Central Jersey Group IV field. Trenton won with 94 points, followed by East Brunswick (58) and West Windsor South (53). A total of 17 teams scored at least a point in the meet, held at Hillsborough High School.
"We had a good meet," Rivera noted. "We finished fourth and we had nine different guys score points and continue their seasons into the State Group IV Championships on June 1-2."
Pitt scored 12 of South Brunswick's points. The top scorer for the Vikings, however, was Adam Dickert, who was second in the discus (143' 9") and third in the shot put (50' 4 1/2").
Victor Battagliotta also advanced in two events. Battagliotta was fourth in the discus (136' 11") and sixth in the shot put (48' 4").
Tre Tisdale, Matt Tamasi, Kaseem Davis and Jose Baxter all advanced when they combined to place fourth in the 4x400 in a time of 3:23.33. Davis also earned the right to compete in the high jump again by clearing 6' 4" to place second.
Jaleel Alston advanced by placing third in the long jump with a distance of 20' 10 1/4".
Darrell Harper cleared 12 feet to place fifth in the pole vault.
These nine Vikings will again be trying to place in the top six of their events this weekend, which would earn them a spot in The Meet of Champions, when New Jersey determines its best track athletes.