Every team wants to get its season off to a good start. With a 4-0 record
and an outstanding showing in the Metuchen Relays, the South Brunswick High School girls track team has accomplished that goal.
"We had a long pre-season so it was great to finally get a few chances to
compete," South Brunswick Coach Stefan Moorhead said. "Obviously, we are happy to be 4-0 in dual meets, but like I told the girls, with the quality and depth we have, winning dual meets is only a stepping stone to our bigger goals of winning championships in May."
On April 3, South Brunswick defeated Piscataway (93-47) and JP Stevens
Julia Lekht and Aspen McMillan both won two events. Lekht won the long jump (16' 7") and triple jump (31' 1 3/4"). McMillan won the 100 hurdles (15) and 400 hurdles (1:07.5).
"Her time in the 100 hurdles shattered the freshman class record by 1.6 seconds," Moorhead said.
Cayla Del Piano (800 in 2:20.5), Rochelle McDonald (200 in 26.5), Lindsay
Carbone (9' in the pole vault), Jada-Rae Poku (4' 10" in high jump), Danielle Padovano (97' 6" in discus), Alyssa McFarlane (98' 4" in javelin) and 4x400 (4:12.9) also won events.
South Brunswick also defeated Sayreville and New Brunswick on April 10.
"The team won fourteen of the events and had many strong performances," Moorhead said.
McDonald, McMillan and Padovano won two events each. McDonald won the 100 (12.8) and 400 (1:03.1). McMillan won the 100 hurdles (15.4) and long jump (16' 8 3/4"). Padovano won the shot put (32' 1") and discus (99' 7").
Zyjira Thomas (400 hurdles in 1:12.6), Emily Lane (1600 in 5:48.4),
Victoria Monteiro (200 in 27.4), Nicolette Mateescu (3200 in 12:11.9), Carbone (9' 6" in pole vault), 4x400, Poku (4' 8" in high jump) and Kristin Krier (98' 4" in javelin) also won events.
South Brunswick also had an outstanding showing this past weekend in the
Metuchen Relays, winning two events.
McFarlane and Rachel VanDemark won the javelin with a combined
distance of 206' 4". Julia Lekht, Zyjira Thomas, Savannah Barton and McMillan won the shuttle hurdles in a time of 1:05.51.
"Both relays also broke meet records set by Viking relays last year," Moorhead noted.
Del Piano, Nikki Sendner, Emily Lane and Mateescu were third in the
distance medley with a time of 13:08.73. Padovano and Brianna Del Piano were third in the discus with a combined distance of 182' 5". Del Piano, Lane, Mateescu and Kristen Tran were third in the 4x800 in a time of 10:09.32.
In individual competition, Julia Lekht placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet.
"We have had nice contributions from many athletes, and we should continue to improve, so I am cautiously optimistic about what we can accomplish later in the season," Moorhead said.
South Brunswick will be after its fifth win when it hosts North Brunswick
on Tuesday, April 17.