Pat Conlon of St. Joseph takes second at NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championships

Pat Conlon of St. Joseph takes second at NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championships

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Pat Conlon of St. Joseph takes second at NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championships

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TOMS RIVER

It was a tough day for the St. Joseph’s boys track team, but there was a lone bright spot in an event than many seem to overlook during a big meet.

Pat Conlon took second place in the shot put, throwing a personal best 53-03.25 and scoring a majority of his team’s points at the NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

“I kept focused and I kept upbeat,” said Conlon. “I could have stayed back more and used my legs more in the throw…but my coaches helped a lot.”

While his head coach wasn’t able to attend the meet, a simple phone call from him played a big part in Conlon’s success.

“He wasn’t able to come today but he called me up last night,” said Conlon. “He was saying ‘if you work on this and focus really hard you can get over 50.’ It was really helpful.”

Conlon was joined by teammate Nicholas Krute, who finished fifth with a throw of 47-10, and the points from the two show that in a sport overshadowed by track, field athletes can provide as well.

“The field events are very important,” said Conlon. “Usually when you think of track you think of small fast kids running around, but there are some big guys who put the team on their back.”

Despite the tough day, Conlon is confident in his team’s ability to stay positive.

“Team morale is great,” said Conlon. “I know we didn’t do too well in the running events but everybody is upbeat and it was a good meet.”

On the girl’s side, Bishop Ahr’s Amanda Julve (34-08) and Bernadette Maligrande (34-05) placed fourth and fifth in the shot put, qualifying them to represent the Trojans in the Meet of Champions.

Conlon will take his talents to next week’s Meet of Champions as well, where he will compete with others from around that state that took home a state championship.

While the added competition may be difficult, Conlon is confident he will be able to perform well under the added pressure.

“I’m just trying to PR again and hopefully get up above 50 again,” said Conlon. “I’m hoping to just end the season on a high note.”

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