GMC Indoor Track and Field Relay Championship held at John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River. Here South Brunswick’s Wendell Allen gets over the last hurdle during the boys shuttle hurdles event. On Saturday January. 10 ,2015 Photo: Mark R. Sullivan/Staff Photographer
TOMS RIVER – South Brunswick’s Nicholas Neville knew that he had some ground to gain and didn’t want to let his team down.
“Every lap, I was getting distance away from the guy in first. With one to go, I heard two seconds left behind him. I just gave everything I had, came through the line and I ended up winning,” said Neville.
Neville helped South Brunswick place first in the distance medley and lead the Vikings past Old Bridge 66-64 at the Greater Middlesex County Coaches Relays at the Bennett Center in Toms River on Saturday for the fourth straight year.
Neville also was able to pull off a third place finish in the 4×400 to clinch the meet for South Brunswick.
“Coming into the last 20 meters I was in fourth. The whole building was screaming and my team was screaming you gotta beat him,” said Neville. “I passed him, I plowed through the line with everything I had. I knew we won and I accomplished something winning four in a row and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Old Bridge placed first in the 4×800, the 4×400 and the sprint medley. However, a mishap in the shuttle hurdles opened the door for South Brunswick and they took advantage.
South Brunswick coach Chris Ruskie explained that it is always good to win and they are very familiar with the close outcomes.
“We know Old Bridge is good at everything,” said Ruskie. “They’re deep. It’s always a battle every meet. Last year was four points. We knew it would be close and to come down to the four by four, we knew we had to be third. We were able to get the job done so it was nice.”
Ruskie wants his team to focus and looks forward to trying to add to the history of the program going forward.
“Winning four straight here, that’s awesome, but if we can win three straight state relays, that’s legendary,” said Ruskie. “Not many schools in the state have ever won three straight state relay championships.”
Ruskie added, “It’s definitely a goal. We want to be perfect like we were last year with an undefeated season and we have to be better than we were today if that’s going to happen next week.”
Staff Writer Matt Silva: firstname.lastname@example.org
GMC Relay Boys Results
TEAM SCORES: 1. South Brunswick 66; 2. Old Bridge 64; 3. St. Joseph (Met.) 26; 4. J.F. Kennedy 22; 5. Piscataway 18; 6. East Brunswick 16.
4×200: 1. South Brunswick (Harmodio Cruz, Elijah Suggs, Justin Shorter, Wendell Allen) 1:33.18; 2. Old Bridge 1:34.80; 3. Piscataway 1:35.06; 4. St. Joseph (Met.) 1:36.09; 5. Sayreville 1:40.19; 6. East Brunswick 1:38.33.
4×400: 1. Old Bridge (Ed Zaleck, Hazem Miawad, Vincent Delle, Jayson Gilbert) 3:31.09; 2. Piscataway 3:32.77; 3. South Brunswick 3:33.90; 4. J.F. Kennedy 3:34.17; 5. St. Joseph (Met.) 3:35.22; 6. East Brunswick 3:37.95.
4×800: 1. Old Bridge (Hazem Miawad, Ed Zaleck, Gerard D’Ambrosio, Scott Belton) 8:15.25; 2. South Brunswick 8:23.12; 3. East Brunswick 8:29.04; 4. St. Joseph (Met.) 8:44.20; 5. J.F. Kennedy 8:54.43; 6. Perth Amboy 8:55.62.
SPRINT MEDLEY: 1. Old Bridge (Jayson Gilbert, Prosper Delle, Kenny Brakoh, Rey Rivera) 3:35.73; 2. South Brunswick 3:44.93; 3. North Brunswick 3:48.05; 4. Metuchen 3:49.01; 5. Sayreville 3:50.13; 6. South Plainfield 3:50.83.
DISTANCE MEDLEY: 1. South Brunswick (Ryan Budhu, Jared Fisher, Kyle McCann, Nicholas Neville) 10:34.89; 2. Old Bridge 10:36.40; 3. St. Joseph (Met.) 11:16.40; 4. Monroe 11:18.00; 5. East Brunswick 11:19.16; 6. South Plainfield 11:25.84.
SHUTTLE HURDLES: 1. South Brunswick (Joelle Baxter, Dhruv Banerjee, Evan Kainer, Wendell Allen) 32.00; 2. St. Joseph (Met.) 33.09; 3. Sayreville 33.21; 4. J.F. Kennedy 33.41; 5. Woodbridge 35.36; 6. North Brunswick 35.73.
HIGH JUMP: 1. J.F. Kennedy (Joseph Egri, Rey Jimenez) 11-08; 2. Old Bridge 11-04; 3. South Brunswick 11-04; 4. Piscataway 11-00; 5. North Brunswick 10-08; 6. South Plainfield 10-08.
SHOT PUT: 1. Old Bridge (Brandon Davis, Dominic Walton) 96-09; 2. South Brunswick 88-01.50; 3. East Brunswick 87-05.25; 4. South Plainfield 81-00.50; 5. Monroe 80-01.50; 6. Metuchen 76-08.75.