Other locals look to make noise at NJSIAA Track Meet of Champions

Other locals look to make noise at NJSIAA Track Meet of Champions


Other locals look to make noise at NJSIAA Track Meet of Champions


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).


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