Ishmael Hyman leaves June 2 to begin taking summer classes in advance of his freshman year at the University of Kansas, where he will be playing football for the Jayhawks.
Thanks to that time frame, the St. John Vianney senior sprinter will not be able to complete this outdoor track season. With his chances to sprint at a premium now, Hyman appears intent on making the most of them.
Running in the 200-meter final at the second and final day of the Monmouth County Championships on Friday afternoon, Hyman powered his way around the turn out of an outside lane, picked up some steam with about 100 meters to go and cruised to the win in a personal best 21.68.
The win completed the first sprinting triple at the Monmouth County Championships in recent memory after he won the 100 (10.88) and 400 (49.55) on Wednesday.
“It was difficult (to win all three) because everyone here was really fast in the finals and I was definitely pushed to the best of my ability,” said Hyman, who bested second-place Jacob Lopez of Matawan by 43 one-hundredths of a second. “I was just blessed and happy that I got all three.”
Hyman said he will not go for the triple at the Shore Conference Championships, which will be contested over one day next Saturday at Neptune High School. He will instead compete in just the 100 and 200.
That Shore Conference 100 has shaped up to be a good one after three runners went 10.97 over better on Wednesday at Monmouth County and Central senior Markeyth Overton went 10.85 to win Ocean County on Thursday.
Overton’s 10.85 did not escape the attention of Hyman, who arguably goes into Shore Conference as the favorite in the 100 regardless.
“I saw someone from Central Regional ran 10.85,” Hyman said matter-of-factly. “I just have to work harder to beat him and the other guys here, so it’s a fresh challenge now.”
In the long jump, Alan Jacob had never gone over 19-2, but that changed in a big way on Friday for the Freehold Township freshman. On his first attempt of the preliminary round, Jacob went 21-3.75 for a monster personal best.
That mark, in which Jacob contended he was just looking to get on the board with, stood up through the rest of the preliminary round and the final for his first county title.
“I just wanted to get a jump in to see if my steps were right,” Jacob said. “I was mostly working on height, form and finish, and it was just surprising I jumped 21-3. I didn’t know I could pull it off. I was running, jumping and down, it was great.”
The 800 featured CBA picking up 20 points towards the team title thanks to Clark Mangini (first, 1:55.96), Mike McClemens (second, 1:56.17) and Aaron Liberatore (fifth, 1:57.20).
McClemens took the lead through the bell and led into the final 20 meters, only to have Mangini put on one last surge for the win while covering the final 400 meters in 57.8 seconds.
Matawan senior Justin Love was a double-winner on Friday, taking top honors in the 110 hurdles (14.60) and high jump (6-4).