Middletown North played host to its annual Lion Invitational event on Saturday and saw several local track and field athletes shine amongst a field of competitors spanning the state.
Matawan’s Justin Love finished just off his personal best of 55.14 in the 400 hurdles but still managed to capture a first-place finish with 55.71. Love went on to win the 110 hurdles at a mark of 14.55, as well as the high jump with a mark of 6-4. The Huskies’ senior also recorded a second-place finish in the triple jump at 45-8.25 to Sayreville’s Myles Hartsfield’s 46-00.25.
Matawan also saw Jacob Lopez capture the 100-meter dash title with a time of 11.06, edging out three consecutive Neptune representatives in Tyrell Jackson (11.26), Aaron Hayward (11.38) and Myles Martin (11.39).
Marlboro’s Brandon Mazarella took first place in the 800 with a time of 2:00.5, surpassing another Huskies representative, Matt Natoli, who placed second with a 2:02.41.
Colts Neck’s Brandon Gold captured the 1,600 crown with a 4:37.85, while Holmdel’s Eric Williams took first place in the javelin with a throw of 175-4. Toms River East’s Gilligan Greenlow hit a first-place mark of 166-11 in the discus.
Matawan captured the overall team title with 118 total points to Neptune’s second-place total of 51. Sayreville was third with 49.
In the girls half of the competition, Toms River South’s Molly Applegate recorded a 3,200 time of 11:18.68 and outran Middletown North’s Alexandra Juzwiak, who placed second with a time of 11:32.97.
Long Branch’s Cleopatra Morrison captured the 100 dash with a time of 12.52, edging out Green Wave teammate Tanai Johnson, who placed second at 12.69.
Neptune’s Phyllis Gordon and Kadeem Curtis took the top two spots in the 400 with marks of 58.80 and 58.97, respectively. Gordon also went on to win the 200 with a time of 25.61. The Scarlet Fliers’ Taylor Cosby placed second in the 100 hurdles event with a time of 14.92 as Point Boro’s Dakota Karras won at 14.80.
Toms River East’s Alexa Squirini recorded at 2:17.41 to win the 800, while Red Bank’s Krysten Gilmartin took the top spot in the 1,600 with a time of 5:19.43.
Southern’s Brianna Angellella placed first in the high jump with a mark of 5-2, while Julia Schuler recorded a 10-0 to win the pole vault for Toms River East. Matawan’s Gaynelle Boham triple jumped to a winning distance of 16-10, and Middletown North’s Nicole Ras won the long jump at 18-6.
Barnegat’s Lauryn Geduldick was a winner in the javelin (107-05), while Southern’s Isabel Barsch captured the shot put title (38-05), and Neptune’s Taylor Jada finished on top in the discus throw (134-06).
Southern won the overall girls title with 100 points to Neptune’s 61 and Middletown North’s 47.
IN BOYS LACROSSE:
ST. ROSE 14, DONOVAN 4: Led by Matt Frost’s five goals and one assist, the Purple Roses bested the Griffins in a Class A Central game.
Sean Sullivan and Scott Dimmit added two goals and two assists apiece. Luis Melone contributed three goals and one assist. Joe Erbe added one goal and 10 ground balls. St. Rose keeper Wesley White made 12 saves.
SOUTHERN 16, EGG HARBOR 4: Sophomore Sean McManus scored a career-high five goals and added one assist to lead the Rams (10-0) past the Eagles (6-4) in non-conference play.
Brendan Mullen added three goals and one assist. Dylan Jinks and Tyler Lipositz contributed two goals and three assists each. Al Manzo added two goals and one assist. Southern keeper Brendan Lefanto turned back five shots.
IN GIRLS LACROSSE:
COLTS NECK 14, FREEHOLD TWP. 9: Erika Keselman scored six goals including the 100th of her career, to lead the Cougars (10-2, 8-2) past the Patriots (7-2, 6-2) in a Class A North game.
Kelsey Burns and Brittany Walko each scored three goals for the Cougars. Freehold Township’s Kelsey Murphy scored three goals, and Nicole Torres added two goals and two assists.
SJ VIANNEY 16, POINT BORO 4: Freshman Gianna DeMato scored six goals and had one assist as the Lancers (3-7, 3-6) defeated the Panthers (1-10, 1-8) in a Class B North game.
Shayna Iacoviello and Becca Pianko each scored three goals for the Lancers. Point Boro’s Kristina Caprio scored all four goals, and goalie Tara Ward made 11 saves.
IN BOYS VOLLEYBALL:
EAST BRUNSWICK 2, SOUTHERN 1: The Bears (17-1) bested the Rams, 25-22, in the third game to win the Southern Invitational.
For Southern (17-3), Kyle Ficken blasted home 13 kills. Mike Gesicki notched eight kills and three blocks. Brandon Lee had 10 kills and four blocks. Luke King handed out 32 assists. Jake NeCamp had 11 digs and Jake Logue added four kills and two blocks.