McDermott tops New Balance octathlon

McDermott tops New Balance octathlon


McDermott tops New Balance octathlon


In order for Christian Brothers Academy junior Zack McDermott to win the Octathlon at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on Thursday and Friday, he not only needed to win at least a few of the eight events, he needed to perform well in those events as well.

A combination of the two led to a victory.

McDermott won four events at North Carolina A&T State University to finish with 5,180 points to tie Michael Cummings. The Hackensack junior also won four events, leaving the two deadlocked after the first tiebreaker for most events won. The second tiebreaker, most points scored in any single event, and the national title went to McDermott after he scored 858 points with a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles in 14.58.

McDermott won the 400 to close out Day One, running 50.22 for 804 points and 2,664 points at the end of the four-event day.

The Colts’ 4×800 added to the winning as Kevin Olsen, Clark Mangini, Tim Gorman and George Kelly claimed a national title by running 7:34.67.

That time is No. 1 in New Jersey this season and No. 2 in the state all-time. Senior George Kelly anchored the win in 1:53.10.

In the girls pole vault, Southern senior Chelsea Vaughan, the NJSIAA Meet of Champions winner indoor and outdoors, finished fifth with a personal best clearance of 12-6.75.

Vaughan cleared the 12-6.75 on her second attempt before missing all three attempts at 12-10.75, which would have moved her into the top three.

The Red Bank Catholic girls 4×800 quartet of Liana Marzano, Mary Kate Dooley, Lindsey Bellaran and Meghan McMullin finished third in 9:03.74. That time is a new Monmouth County record as McMullin anchored the record-setting effort in 2:11.0.

Ajee Wilson of Neptune ran 2:08.0 in the women’s 800-meter run to qualify for the final at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at the Robert C. Haugh Complex in Bloomington, Ind. The women’s 800 final is scheduled to start today at 6:20 p.m.

The Florida State-bound Wilson won the first of three heats to finish with the top qualifying time among the eight finalists.

Last Saturday, Wilson lowered her own state-record 800 time to 2:02.61 when she finished seventh in the women’s 800 at the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York. Two days later, Wilson ran 54.04 in the 400 at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, finishing second to Columbia’s Olivia Baker (53.48).

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