MONMOUTH JUNCTION – There is a brand new track at South Brunswick High School, but it was the same history being repeated for the South Brunswick girls track team, with everyone contributing to earn another championship.
The Vikings dominated the track and the field to take their 10th straight GMC Relay championship with 144 points at the GMC Relays at South Brunswick High School on Tuesday.
Danielle Hecht, Daniella Izzo and Camryn Meranchik set a new meet record for the pole vault relay with a height of 29-06.00, beating last year’s record that South Brunswick set of 28-06.00. It was just one team to lead the Vikings to victory.
“We set that record last year, so I was hoping we could break it and reach new heights. We knew coming in here we were on top, but we wanted to go above and beyond with it, basically,” said Hecht.
Above and beyond has been a staple, as the field events have held impressed over the last few years. The throwing relays swept the meet for the fifth straight year. The Vikings won the javelin with a distance of 311-05 and the shot put with a distance of 104-07.75.
The long jump team won with a distance of 47-05.25. Hecht explained that the field events always have to step up.
“It puts pressure on us, but in the end it’s for the better. It helps us to push past our limits and get personal records,” said Hecht.
The senior has seen her share of success with the squad and is just excited for the potential that the team continues to show.
“This is my favorite meet personally. It’s awesome especially as a senior to look back and know that we have won all four years on our home turf. We have a freshman (Meranchik) who is awesome and I’m so proud of my teammates. Hopefully we’ll hit 11 feet. Just try to keep improving and pushing our teammates on our records,” added Hecht.
The track events excelled as well, with victories in the 4×100, the 4×400 and the shuttle hurdles. Aspen McMillan anchored the winning 4×100 and shuttle hurdles teams with times of 49.16 and 1:01.88 respectively.
McMillan was just happy to add to the history that has been made at South Brunswick.
“It’s great to be a part of the legacy, especially because it’s my senior year. I think it meant a lot for me to try and win as many races as we could to show the girls that we can keep it going for all this time,” said McMillan.
McMillan praised the depth on the squad and believes t
“I think we have depth and quality. It’s great that we can all come together not to just be great sprinters or great distance, but together as a team. We add up our points and get that win,” added McMillan.
Coach Stephen Moorehead was happy with his entire team’s performance and believes winning this relay is always a big step moving forward.
“I can’t say enough about how ready they were to perform and how excited they were to come out and show how hard they have been working. They were really excited to show what they were capable of doing on our nice new track and they broke it in in style,” said Moorhead.
“This should give them a lot of confidence. We see this as the beginning of the championship season, so we have one step accomplished in terms of winning this. But you always want to be striving for more,” added Moorehead.
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4×100: 1. South Brunswick (Zyjira Thomas, Desirae Osley, Rochell McDonald, Aspen McMillan) 49.16; 2. East Brunswick 50.30; 3. Metuchen 50.96; 4. Piscataway 51.01; 5. Sayreville 51.16; 6. Woodbridge 51.47
4×400: 1. South Brunswick (Essence Baker, Rochell McDonald, Brianna Araque, Desirae Osley) 4:01.93; 2. East Brunswick 4:05.19; 3. Woodbridge 4:06.81; 4. Old Bridge 4:10.22; 5. Sayreville 4:16.47; 6. J.F. Kennedy 4:19.89
4×800: 1. Spotswood (Gwynn Marotta, Alexandra Coghlan, Cassandra Raia, Katherine Wasserman) 9:48.24; 2. Old Bridge 9:54.54; 3. South Brunswick 9:55.92; 4. East Brunswick 10:03.16; 5. Edison 10:13.46; 6. Metuchen 10:27.87
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 1. South Brunswick (Zyjira Thomas, Rochell McDonald, Sydney Schneider, Aspen McMillan) 1:01.88; 2. Monroe 1:07.30; 3. Woodbridge 1:07.86; 4. Sayreville 1:08.30; 5. East Brunswick 1:08.88; 6. North Brunswick 1:11.93
Distance Medley Relay: 1. Metuchen (Hope Kenny, Amanda Harding, Lauren Delmonaco, Rachel Suss) 12:46.27; 2. Colonia 13:19.66; 3. South Brunswick 13:20.09; 4. East Brunswick 13:27.33; 5. Monroe 13:33.36; 6. Bishop Ahr 13:33.96
Long Jump Relay: 1. South Brunswick (Jada-Rae Poku, Sydney Schneider, Annalyse Varlow) 47-05.25; 2. East Brunswick 46-00.00; 3. Monroe 45-11.75; 4. Old Bridge 45-09.25; 5. North Brunswick 45-05.25; 6. Dunellen 43-10.50
Pole Vault: 1. South Brunswick (Danielle Hecht, Daniella Izzo, Camryn Meranchik) 29-06.00; 2. Old Bridge 22-00.00; 3. East Brunswick 21-06.00; 4. North Brunswick 21-06.00
Shot Put Relay: 1. South Brunswick (Denise Porter, Miranda Irizarry, Alexis Adams) 104-07.75; 2. Old Bridge 102-04.25; 3. Monroe 99-08.75; 4. East Brunswick 94-10.75; 5. Woodbridge 94-08.75; 6. North Brunswick 91-02.75
Javelin Relay: 1. South Brunswick (Kristin Krier, Miranda Irizarry, Paige Buchanan) 311-05; 2. East Brunswick 278-04; 3. Middlesex 264-08; 4. Monroe 257-08; 5. Metuchen 245-07; 6. Old Bridge 240-11