MONMOUTH JUNCTION – A tie is never fun. It’s probably even worse when it happens with your rival. That is exactly what happened between the South Brunswick High School and Old Bridge High School boys track teams on Tuesday.
The Vikings and Knights both totaled 120 points and became co-champions at the GMC Relays at South Brunswick High School on Tuesday.
It took a lot of number checking and time, but yes, it was in fact a tie. The meet was always close, but the Knights took first in four events on the final day to bring it even.
This is just the beginning however, as both teams will be seeing more of each other in the meets to come.
“It just hypes us up even more for the upcoming meets knowing we are in the same conference, section and group as South Brunswick,” said Old Bridge sprinter Hazem Miawad. “They have a team that’s just as good as us and we know that we have to work for every inch and every point we can possibly get for the next meets.”
Miawad helped the Knights in the 4×800 and the Distance Medley with times of 8:00.49 and 10:42.16. Miawad wanted to come back strong in this meet after an unfortunate exit at Penn Relays due to some contact in their 4×400 race.
“It was just unfortunate what happened at Penn, so we came into this meet with a target on our back. We didn’t come out with the win, but we didn’t lose either,” said Miawad.
The depth is there on the track and the field events to compete with anyone and Miawad is confident that they can keep things going to get victories over their rival and other teams they may face.
“We’re very confident and we know our coaches are going to help work hard and prepare for the upcoming meets. Hopefully we come up on top and hopefully there’s no more ties,” said a laughing Miawad.
The Vikings won the event in the previous three years, but now have to share their fourth championship. Every point mattered for both teams and on the other side, South Brunswick did well to get wins and stay right behind the Knights on events they couldn’t take.
Dhruv Banerjee did a great job of taking as many points as he could in his events, including a come-from-behind win in the shuttle hurdles over Old Bridge that proved to make a huge difference in the end.
“Even if you lose the lead in the third leg, you’re the faster guy. That’s where you have to make it up. We were two hurdles behind and we knew we’ve raced Old Bridge so many times. We know how they run and who’s going to be their anchor,” said Banerjee.
“Just coming in, having all the confidence from racing so many times, doing all the workouts and trusting our coaches, it all ended up falling into place.”
The senior said that his team gave everything they could, but now they know that they need to get better to make sure that they come out on top going forward. There certainly won’t be any expectation to tie again.
“Everyone gave all their effort, but it wasn’t enough to beat Old Bridge. They’re great competitors. Even though we had a crazy two days, we’re coming out tomorrow to worlout again because we have to step up,” said Banerjee.
“In less than two weeks, we have Old Bridge again in GMC individuals and we have to get out there again,” added Banerjee.
Staff Writer Matt Silva: firstname.lastname@example.org
4×100: 1. South Brunswick (Harmodio Cruz, Elijah Suggs, Evan Kainer, Wendell Allen) 43.49; 2. Piscataway 43.64; 3. East Brunswick 44.07; 4. Old Bridge 44.17; 5. New Brunswick 44.63; 6. Edison 44.65
4×400: 1. Old Bridge (Ed Zaleck, Kenny Brakoh, Mike Delvecchio, Jayson Gilbert) 3:21.52; 2. Piscataway 3:23.12; 3. South Brunswick 3:24.46; 4. Metuchen 3:25.03; 5. East Brunswick 3:25.18; 6. J.F. Kennedy 3:28.66
4×800: 1. Old Bridge (Ed Zaleck, Scott Belton, Rey Rivera, Hazem Miawad) 8:00.49; 2. South Brunswick 8:05.08; 3. Metuchen 8:23.56; 4. North Brunswick 8:25.54; 5. St. Joseph 8:31.94; 6. J.F. Kennedy 8:32.34
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 1. South Brunswick (Evan Kainer, Joelle Baxter, Jordan Miller, Dhruv Banerjee) 1:03.37; 2. Old Bridge 1:03.65; 3. J.F. Kennedy 1:06.07; 4. St. Joseph 1:06.29; 5. East Brunswick 1:08.54; 6. Metuchen 1:09.10
Distance Medley Relay: 1. Old Bridge (Rey Rivera, Prosper Dell, Hazem Miawad, Gerard D’Ambrosio) 10:42.16; 2. South Brunswick 10:47.23; 3. St. Joseph 10:50.16; 4. Monroe 10:51.51; 5. J.P. Stevens 11:03.52; 6. Metuchen 11:07.95
Triple Jump: 1. St. Joseph (Michael Horn, Austin Plummer, Isaac Eason) 125-08.00; 2. Piscataway 124-03.00; 3. Monroe 123-10.00; 4. East Brunswick 123-00.00; 5. South Brunswick 121-11.50; 6. South Plainfield 114-09.00
High Jump Relay: 1. St. Joseph (Javon Hicks, Michael Horn, Marqus Chambers) 17-02.00; 2. Piscataway 16-10.00; 3. Metuchen 16-08.00; 3. Old Bridge 16-08.00; 5. South Plainfield 16-06.00; 6. East Brunswick 16-04.00
Discus Relay: 1. Old Bridge (Dominic Walton, Brandon Davis, Kareem Buchanan) 407-01; 2. South Brunswick 404-02; 3. St. Joseph 374-07; 4. Middlesex 321-05; 5. Piscataway 320-06; 6. Edison 316-06