Adrian Vitello of Freehold Township indoor track takes second at Meet of Champions

Adrian Vitello of Freehold Township indoor track takes second at Meet of Champions


Adrian Vitello of Freehold Township indoor track takes second at Meet of Champions



Freehold Township senior Adrian Vitello is known for her speed on the soccer field in the fall season and she displayed that quickness once again at the NJSIAA Girls Indoor Track Meet of Champions.

Vitello came in second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.29, which she said was a personal best for both indoor and outdoor season, solidifying her stature as one of the fastest girls in the Shore Conference.

“It was one of the best races that I’ve ever run. It was just an amazing experience running against girls that work so hard and have such great times,” Vitello said. “It was so great to run with them because that pushed me.”

Westwood senior Corinne Myers won the 800 in a time of 2:10.52 and Adrian’s teammate junior Emily Bracher was fifth with a time of 2:15.68. Vitello’s performance on Saturday morning at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex is one she’ll never forget.

“In groups, I ran a 2:15 split and in sectionals I ran a 2:14 split. So, I did a little better at sectionals between those two meets,” Vitello said. “In most of the races that I’ve run, I’m the one in the front of the race but with someone in front of me in this race, it pushed me to go faster.”

This is only Vitello’s second season of indoor track as she competed last year as a junior but she’s done four years of girls soccer and will compete in her fourth year of outdoor track this spring for the Patriots.

“Getting first would have been amazing but getting second and ending my indoor career with such a good time is still amazing,” Vitello said.

Matawan junior Nicole Macco was the only winner from a Shore Conference school on Saturday morning. Macco won the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, six inches edging out West Milford junior Haley Steele, who also jumped 11 feet, six inches. However, Macco accomplished the feat in fewer jumps to become the best in the state during the indoor season for that event.

The Shore Conference had two girls perform well in the shot put. Ocean Township junior Michelle Mazza finished second with a throw of 42-7.75 feet and Red Bank junior Serena Dixon finished fourth with a throw of 40-9.25 feet.

The Shore Conference also had a good showing in the 1,600 meter run via Holmdel junior Marin Warner and Rumson-Fair Haven senior Jacqueline Gottuso. Warner took third in 4:54.15 and Gottuso was seventh in 4:59.59.

The Southern Regional 4×400 relay team was the only Shore Conference school to finish in the top 8 in the relay. The Rams unit of sophomore Elizabeth Chartier, senior Melana Hammel, senior Carly Burnup and senior Brianna Angellella finished sixth in a time of 3:59.15.

Other girls that finished in the top 8 and got medals included: Matawan freshman Sam Anderson in the 400 meter dash (sixth, 57.39); Freehold Township sophomore Ciara Roche in the 3200 meter run (fourth, 10:47.95); Toms River North senior Tifani Byrd in the 55 hurdles (seventh, 8.40).


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