Aside from the three defending state champs, here are more local standouts who can make some noise tonight:
Montgomery's Addy Sonaike, girls triple jump: The senior is looking to become just the third Somerset County athlete to three-peat at the M of C. Sonaike won in 2010 with a 39-4 leap and added half an inch for last year's gold. She comes in as the No. 2 seed at 39-5.75, behind Glassboro's Zenee Gadson (39-7.5). No one has three-peated in the triple since it was added to the M of C in 2000.
Franklin's Chris Staton, boys shot put: The senior is technically the No. 2 seed at 60-9, but has thrown 64-1 and becomes a strong favorite with the news that top seed and 70-footer Braheme Days of Bridgeton has scratched due to injury. Interestingly, only one Somerset County athlete, boy or girl, has won an M of C throwing gold: Somerville's Marion Easley in the 2005 boys javelin.
Several pole vaulters: On the boys' side, North Hunterdon senior Ryan Potter is tied for the top seed at 15-0. Tied for third are Somerville senior Connor Grunwald (who cleared 15-1 at the sectionals) and Westfield junior Peter Fagan (14-6). On the girls' side, Hillsborough sophomore Marlee Sabatino is seeded second at 12-0, Somerville senior Abby Nolte and Voorhees senior Erin Knabe are tied for third at 11-6, and Pingry sophomore Angel Fluet and Hillsborough senior Emily Shipley are tied for fifth at 11-0.
Governor Livingston guys: The Highlanders are well-represented on the seeding charts. Senior Rendyll Moorman and junior Elijah Kay are tied for first in the wide-open boys high jump at 6-6. Senior Chris Guerrero is fifth in the 400 hurdles (fifth seed, 54.37) and junior Mike Murphy is tied for sixth in the 200 (22.10).
Other local boys to watch: North Hunterdon's Nick Skelton in the high jump (tied for the top seed, 6-6), Voorhees' Harrison Brakewood in the 3200 (second, 9:14.59), Franklin's Darrel Gooding in the 3200 (fifth, 9:15.12), Union Catholic's Tommy Freid in the javelin (fifth, 190-0), Somerville's Pat Mulrooney in the javelin (eighth, 186-10), Westfield in the 4×800 (fifth, 7:55.10) and Franklin in the 4×400 (eighth, 3:20.50).
Other local girls to watch: Delaware Valley's Sara Gardner in the high jump (tied for second, 5-6), North Hunterdon's Morgan Harvey in the 100 hurdles (third, 14.38), Franklin's Danielle Delgado in the 100 hurdles (fifth, 14.43), Hillsborough's Kelly Janokowicz in the 3200 (sixth, 10:43.25), Piscataway's Brionna Pettus in the 400 (seventh, 56.96), Hunterdon Central's Kat Vodopia in the 800 (eighth, 2:14.41), Union Catholic's Morgan McLaughlin in the long jump (has gone 19-0) and Piscataway in the 4×100 (sixth, 48.85).