A favorite and a sleeper took home gold medals for the South Brunswick High School track program at Friday’s NJSIAA Group IV championships.
The favorite, senior Jonathan Pitt, bested two fellow Greater Middlesex Conference standouts in a stirring boys triple jump competition. The sleeper, sophomore Kristin Krier, added five feet to her personal best to prevail in the girls javelin.
The meet concludes today. The top six finishers in each event, plus wild cards, advance to Wednesday’s Meet of Champions at South Plainfield.
A huge and vocal crowd gathered around the sand pit for the triple jump. In the Group I competition, Haddon Heights’ Dominique Irons broke the state record with a 50-6 leap. That set the stage for a Group IV barnburner as Pitt sailed 48-7, Piscataway senior Tyrell Judson took second in a school-record 48-2.5 and Sayreville sophomore Myles Hartsfield came in third at 47-9.
“It’s crazy that everybody was from my area,” Pitt said. “It’s that little competitive nature. We’re all friendly but at the end of the day it’s still competition. We push each other.”
Pitt, who set his outdoor best of 49-7 last week, said, “I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get 50 today” but took note of Irons’ monster leap and promised a matching one at the Meet of Champions.
“It’s definitely not over,” Pitt said. “This is not the best you’ll see from me.”
It certainly was the best from Krier, whose 132-6 javelin toss bested runner-up Illissa Blackshear of West Orange by five feet.
“I was very happy with my performance. I’ve been working really hard for this,” Krier said.
The winner came on the first of her six trips down the runway.
“Normally my first throw is the best because I’m not exhausted,” she said. “I knew right away when it left my hand it would be my PR (personal record). I didn’t know it would go that far.”
South Brunswick also won the Group IV boys 4×800 as Christian Garrido (1:59), Matthew Tamasi (1:57), Maxwell Rowe (1:57) and Morgan Murray (1:57) posted a time of 7:52.58, five seconds faster than runner-up Hunterdon Central. In the team competition, the Vikings took the lead after day one, but standout jumper Jaleel Alston suffered a knee injury in the triple and will be unavailable for today’s long jump.
In the Group IV girls shot put, Franklin junior Christina Abiola fired off a 40-10.75 to place third. Teammates Maya Gibson and Ashley Berry placed fourth and fifth in 38-9.75 and 38-6.5, respectively.
In the Group I boys 100, Metuchen senior standout Aaron Lewis tested out his leg in the 100 dash trials and clocked a brisk 10.93. Lewis, who got hurt in last week’s sectional, earned the third seed in the final but scratched to focus on today’s 4×100 and 4×400 as the Bulldogs pursue the team title.